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Re: Favourite War Movies
« Reply #650 on: October 01, 2014, 13:04:46 »
No but your link helped me find it http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Virgin_Soldiers_%28film%29

Apparently David Bowie was in it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzfrkmFigZs

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review: Though the writers have concentrated mainly on making the film ruefully funny, the serious side has not been neglected. The smell of death is often just around the corner and violence in the jungle and streets of terrorist-infested Malaya is in striking, effective contrast to the boisterous, bawdy, barrack-room atmosphere.

Acting all around is first rate, though only a few characters are allowed to develop.

Redgrave as the sulky heroine has her moments but creates no sympathy and, in fact, is mainly dull, but Tsai Chin makes joyful capital out of her small but lively role as the local prostie.

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Re: Favourite War Movies
« Reply #651 on: October 01, 2014, 13:19:19 »
No but your link helped me find it http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Virgin_Soldiers_%28film%29

Apparently David Bowie was in it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzfrkmFigZs

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review: Though the writers have concentrated mainly on making the film ruefully funny, the serious side has not been neglected. The smell of death is often just around the corner and violence in the jungle and streets of terrorist-infested Malaya is in striking, effective contrast to the boisterous, bawdy, barrack-room atmosphere.

Acting all around is first rate, though only a few characters are allowed to develop.

Redgrave as the sulky heroine has her moments but creates no sympathy and, in fact, is mainly dull, but Tsai Chin makes joyful capital out of her small but lively role as the local prostie.
You had me a "He falls for the daughter of the Regimental Sergeant Major"  ;D  Sounds interesting.
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Re: Favourite War Movies
« Reply #652 on: October 01, 2014, 14:30:36 »

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Re: Favourite War Movies
« Reply #653 on: October 01, 2014, 15:17:47 »
Colin P, I thought it was "Privates On Parade"

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0084538/plotsummary?ref_=tt_ov_pl

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Re: Favourite War Movies
« Reply #654 on: October 01, 2014, 16:00:24 »
Speaking of war movies just turned on The Blue Max(1966) starring George Peppard
Recorded it about a week or so ago on my PVR, now getting a chance to watch it

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Re: Favourite War Movies
« Reply #655 on: January 11, 2015, 09:42:30 »
Not a "fave" but just watched "Ivan's Childhood", a Soviet movie about a young boy working as a Soviet partisan/scout in WW2.  Not a lot of shoot-em-up-bang-bang, and the story's OK, but BEAUTIFUL cinematography/shots!
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Re: Favourite War Movies
« Reply #656 on: January 11, 2015, 11:29:19 »
Contact: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TR3Bf2zN_JY

A bit dated but fairly accurate, except for summary executions and complete absence of humour of course  :nod:
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« Reply #657 on: January 11, 2015, 11:57:39 »
Contact: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TR3Bf2zN_JY

A bit dated but fairly accurate, except for summary executions and complete absence of humour of course  :nod:
Thanks for this - any other good military flicks (fiction, as well as non-fiction) to recommend from The Troubles?  That era's a bit thin in my DVD collection.
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« Reply #658 on: January 11, 2015, 13:06:59 »
Look for '71.  A young and disoriented British soldier is accidentally abandoned by his unit following a riot on the deadly streets of Belfast in 1971.  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2614684/?ref_=nv_sr_1

It's just coming out in theatres or if you're a pirate, copies exist on line already.

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« Reply #659 on: January 11, 2015, 13:46:08 »
Look for '71.  A young and disoriented British soldier is accidentally abandoned by his unit following a riot on the deadly streets of Belfast in 1971.  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2614684/?ref_=nv_sr_1

It's just coming out in theatres or if you're a pirate, copies exist on line already.

The above movie is based on a real incident, but sadly is full of BS.

This movie is a little closer to the truth, but still full of lawsuit inspired inaccuracies, yet and topical - Jan 30th is just around the corner! At least they captured why I'm glad I never have to go back to Urban Ulster shiteholes like this...

Bloody Sunday

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Htk1BRsArRA

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bloody_Sunday_(film)
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« Reply #660 on: January 11, 2015, 14:04:24 »
Thanks for the clarification daft, I have no first hand knowledge of the place or times so have to take what's out there at face value so to speak.  I do suppose that on the whole, however, most films have a certain percentage BS as they need to be entertaining for the masses and are after all, not documentaries. 

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Re: Favourite War Movies
« Reply #661 on: April 16, 2019, 23:28:58 »
One of my favourites that doesn't often show up on TV is "Guns At Batasi".  Best RSM character on film.  After not being available online for many years, just found it on youtube.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B9PV-smPTds
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Re: Favourite War Movies
« Reply #662 on: April 17, 2019, 07:52:53 »
One of my favourites that doesn't often show up on TV is "Guns At Batasi".  Best RSM character on film.  After not being available online for many years, just found it on youtube.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B9PV-smPTds

I have watched this movie a couple of times. Very well done.

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Re: Favourite War Movies
« Reply #663 on: April 17, 2019, 10:18:00 »
The Voice

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Ronald Brittain, MBE (2 September 1899 – 9 January 1981) was a well-known Regimental Sergeant Major (R.S.M.) in the British Army. The Warrant Officer Class 1, who was reported on widely in the newspapers of the day, featured in several British military training films during the Second World War. He was said to have possibly the loudest voice in the British Army. On retiring from the army in the 1950s, R.S.M. Brittain's fame enabled him to enjoy a career in advertising, voice-over work and acting, playing characters that resembled an archetypal Sergeant Major.

Brittain was born in Gordon Terrace, Aigburth Vale, Liverpool, Lancashire, the son of a gardener. After leaving school, he worked in a local butcher's shop until 1917, when he enlisted in the King's (Liverpool) Regiment during the First World War. He transferred into the South Wales Borderers, where his imposing height of six feet three inches soon saw him promoted. Eventually Brittain transferred to the Coldstream Guards.

He was attached to the training staff at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst where he became well known for his parade ground bellow. Known to the cadets as "The Voice", he was credited as the originator of that phrase so beloved of sergeant majors: "You 'orrible little man!". It was said he could reduce gentleman cadets — many of them foreign princes and titled sons of the aristocracy — to trembling wrecks.

In his later years, he was assigned the position of Regimental Sergeant Major of the Guards Depot, one of the most senior non-commissioned appointments in the British Army. He also served at Mons Officer Cadet School in Aldershot, where it was estimated that around 40,000 officer cadets passed through his parade ground.

In 1954 Brittain retired from the army after 37 years service (20 years as an RSM); he was well-above the normal retirement age for service personnel. After a spell as a salesman for an outsized clothing outfitters, he acted in films and plays. He also lent his legendary voice to a number of radio and television advertisements. Still an imposing figure in old age, Brittain was a popular presence at public functions and a member of the Society of Toastmasters.

They Were Not Divided (1950)   Regimental Sergeant Major  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DgmD54_-Qgc
You Lucky People (1955)   Appearing as himself   
Carrington V.C. (1955)   Sergeant Major
Alfred Marks Time (1956)   Performer
The Criminal (1960)   Kitchen warder
The Missing Note (1961)   Commissionaire   
The Inspector   MP Sergeant   
The Amorous Prawn (1962)   Sergeant Major   
55 Days at Peking (1963)   Sergeant Major   
The Spy with a Cold Nose (1966)   Commissionaire   
Casino Royale (1967)   Sergeant Major

Selected Clips Of Brittain: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Ronald+Brittain

They Were Not Divided (1950)
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« Reply #664 on: October 08, 2019, 10:01:12 »
Watched Stalag 17 the other night. Hadn't seen it in years. Still one of my favorite war films. It's about American sergeants in a German POW camp.

So many great little scenes. During mail call, one guy gets about five letters. Of course, everyone is envious as some got none at all. But, the fact is, they are from a finance company about to repossess his Plymouth!

Others from the folks back home complaining about the rationing. Rather ironic considering these guys are in a POW camp.

They have temporary use of a secret radio. But, the news is depressing as the Germans are counter-attacking at the  Battle of the Bulge. It looks like the war is going to last forever.
They figure even if they escape, they will be sent to the war in the Pacific.

Another guy gets a letter from his wife, "I believe it. My wife says, "Darling, you won't believe it, but I found the most adorable baby on our doorstep and I've decided to keep it for our very own. Now you won't believe it, but it's got exactly my eyes and nose." Why does she keep saying I won't believe it? I believe it! I believe it.  :)

He was obviously an intelligent man. Probably a defence mechanism to keep from cracking up.


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Re: Favourite War Movies
« Reply #665 on: October 08, 2019, 13:49:48 »
Watched Stalag 17 the other night. Hadn't seen it in years. Still one of my favorite war films. It's about American sergeants in a German POW camp.


Another guy gets a letter from his wife, "I believe it. My wife says, "Darling, you won't believe it, but I found the most adorable baby on our doorstep and I've decided to keep it for our very own. Now you won't believe it, but it's got exactly my eyes and nose." Why does she keep saying I won't believe it? I believe it! I believe it.  :)

He was obviously an intelligent man. Probably a defence mechanism to keep from cracking up.
That story line is explored in the longest day by 2 brits eating in the rain.
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« Reply #666 on: October 11, 2019, 14:21:00 »
That story line is explored in the longest day by 2 brits eating in the rain.

Here's the full movie for 'When Trumpets Fade' on YT: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFd3NhcPzJA

I like the parts where they are terrified on patrol all the time. Very 'infantry' :)
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« Reply #667 on: October 15, 2019, 14:01:46 »
Here's the full movie for 'When Trumpets Fade' on YT: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFd3NhcPzJA

Thank-you for the link. I watched it. Had a much higher body count than Stalag 17 ( three were shot ). On the other hand, Stalag 17 won Best Actor, and was nominated for the Best Director Oscar, and Best Supporting Actor.

I also enjoyed "Yanks". It's about a Mess Sergeant stationed in England prior to D-Day.

A good companion is "Welcome to Britain". An official 1943 US Army training film for newly arrived World War 2 American soldiers, informing them of British ways.
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« Reply #668 on: October 15, 2019, 23:10:17 »
This looks good.... but not if you're a brand new 2Lt in the Infantry :)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUilqE2bT_o
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« Reply #669 on: December 24, 2019, 18:02:32 »
This is a somewhat seasonal selection for a "war movie" and granted the criteria for putting it in that category is flexible.  Having seen it again this year, a holiday tradition that's recurred fifty or sixty times since I first saw it as a youngster, it's still as enjoyable now as it was then.  And for those who don't think of "White Christmas" as having a military theme, just watch and listen to these three numbers from the movie.

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https://youtu.be/4DC7FDsVPhU

https://youtu.be/i4c6AwTrUcg

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« Reply #670 on: December 25, 2019, 15:23:50 »
And for those who don't think of "White Christmas" as having a military theme, just watch and listen to these three numbers from the movie.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCYGDi0OlpU

https://youtu.be/4DC7FDsVPhU

https://youtu.be/i4c6AwTrUcg

Towards the end of his life, Bing Crosby's nephew asked him privately about the most difficult thing he ever had to do during his entertainment career.

He didn’t have to think about it. He said in December, 1944, they did an outdoor show in northern France. At the end of the show, he had to stand there and sing ‘White Christmas’ with 100,000 G.I.’s in tears without breaking down himself.

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« Reply #671 on: December 25, 2019, 15:48:33 »
Got Tora, Tora, Tora and Midway DVDs for XMas. These rival Die Hard as our favorite holidays watching.

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« Reply #672 on: December 25, 2019, 16:09:47 »
A cheerful little film, set in the snowy parts of Eastern Europe, to make you grateful that you didn't transgress one of the three unwritten rules, as defined in the Princess Bride  ;)

Stalingrad (1993) English Subtitles 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yfk178n80CU
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« Reply #673 on: December 25, 2019, 17:12:36 »
A cheerful little film, set in the snowy parts of Eastern Europe, to make you grateful that you didn't transgress one of the three unwritten rules, as defined in the Princess Bride  ;)

Stalingrad (1993) English Subtitles 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yfk178n80CU

Even less cheerful but in the same vein - Part 1 of Die Brücke (1959). The other eight parts are linked with Part 1. To make you feel grateful that as a fourteen/fifteen-year old you weren't tasked to defend a worthless little bridge for the Fatherland.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HLr37hhxReo&list=PLUd6T86XDXM-Z91wRdb7ZLXV3xrQCHxPp&index=1

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Re: Favourite War Movies
« Reply #674 on: December 25, 2019, 19:34:58 »
For those with Netflix a couple
One requires a Big Bag of Popcorn...it runs almost 4 hours long

It's Lawrence Of Arabia

And a couple documentaries that may be of interest

Apache Warrior

and

Spitfire

Enjoy.
And if you're like me you'll likely have to spend another four hours re watching Lawrence Of Arabia...think I may have missed a part or two LOL
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