View Full Version : Memorial Day Movies

DB Cooper
05-23-2008, 07:26 AM
First I'd like to thank everyone who served this cointry. You have my gratitude.

In their honor, I'll be watching "Black Hawk Gown" and "Saving Private Ryan" Spr still gets me, no matter how many times I see it I'm still tearing up at the end. That scene on the bridge and then in the cemetery. Powerful. And the heroism of the two snipers in BHD still awes me.

So what movie would you watch to honor Americas fighting men and women? It has to concern the US at war so while "Cross of Iron" is probably the greatest war movie ever made, it doesn't qualify.

05-23-2008, 09:35 AM
Good choices. I guess if I had a normal job and didn't have to work all weekend, I'd find the time to watch a war flick as well. SPR and BHD are certainly among the best ever, but you could also go for We Were Soldiers, Glory, Patton, The Bridge on the River Kwai, The Enemy Below, Jarhead, or some Band of Brothers action. Lots of options.

05-23-2008, 05:07 PM
Glory is easily my ATF war-type movie. There is a little known movie I like though, called Devil's Brigade (clip from the movie) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1awwAgU_t8). It's about a group of soldiers in the 2nd world war composed of misfit miscreant Americans and highly trained and disciplined Canadian Commandos, put together for a special mission....hilarity ensues, then precision-like victory. The truth is not quite as presented in the movie, but it's based on a true story (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Devil's_Brigade).

My buddy, who was a peacekeeper in Cyprus, introduced me to it when we were in our twenties. I've probably watched it 10 times since then.

05-23-2008, 05:30 PM
haha, just found an old trailer for this movie^^^

William Holden (Bridge on River Kwai), Carrol O'Connor, Cliff Robertson.

05-23-2008, 05:35 PM
Full Metal Jacket

the first DVD I ever bought... classic.

05-23-2008, 07:59 PM
Full Metal Jacket

the first DVD I ever bought... classic.

Indeed. I'll be watching this, Black Hawk Down, and (time permitting) Stripes...

Taco Goblin
05-23-2008, 10:30 PM
a marathon of Band of Brothers fits the bill perfectly..

..but for true cinema movies..

Saving Private Ryan
Dirty Dozen
Memphis Belle
Starship Troopers
Abbott and Costello's Buck Privates (which oddly enough is my porn name)

05-24-2008, 06:39 AM
Hamburger Hill
Apocalypse now

DB Cooper
05-24-2008, 06:41 AM
Never saw "Band of Brothers" though I did read the book years ago. "Full Metal Jacket" would be good maybe pair it with "Aplocalypse Now".

But don't get me started on "Starship Troopers" While it may be a good movie in its own right, having read the novel I can't look at it objectively. Verhoeven completely misses the pointl. He even admitted to only reading the first few chapters. If he just wanted to make an action flick, choose another property. Don't bastardize a classic. And no powered armor? Did anyone bother reading the novel? Shhesh A major dissapointment

05-24-2008, 01:02 PM
Some great movies listed so far. Though not filmed from the American perspective, Letters from Iwo Jima was a good one. Gallipoli is one I remember from when I was a kid.

05-24-2008, 02:57 PM
The Deer Hunter for something a little different. Brilliant, but different.
And yeah, thumbs up for Apocalypse Now.

05-24-2008, 09:42 PM
Tora! Tora! Tora!

DB Cooper
05-25-2008, 07:04 AM
Some great movies listed so far. Though not filmed from the American perspective, Letters from Iwo Jima was a good one. Gallipoli is one I remember from when I was a kid.

I actually liked "Letters From Iwo Jima" better than "Flags of our Fathers". Both good though. Couple more to consider "The Big Red One" "Patton" "The Longest Day" or "A Bridge Too Far" though I consider ABTF more a celebration of the heroism of the British paratroopers. "Yeah sorry about dropping you on top of an SS Panzer division. Cheerio and a stiff upper lip chaps"

05-25-2008, 02:00 PM
Damn! I completely forgot about Iwo Jima, and that was the best movie of 2006. A masterpiece.

05-26-2008, 07:26 AM
The Bridge on the River Kwai

The Deer Hunter for something a little different.

Dirty Dozen

Platoonthey would be my picks.

05-26-2008, 11:35 AM
"The Great Escape" would be high on my list of favorite war movies. Steve McQueen was so cool in that movie. So was James Garner, David McCallum, Charles Bronson, Richard Attenborough, James Coburn, and the list goes on. What an all star cast and great story!

I also have to agree with previous posts about "Saving Private Ryan". The final scene of the older Ryan reflecting on what was sacrificed to save him always overwhelms me, especially when you see his family around him, and realize that without him being saved, none of those people would be there, and the lives they represent would not have happened. Powerful stuff.

05-26-2008, 03:58 PM
The Longest Day

Tora Tora Tora and Great Escape would be my first choices, although already mentioned.

Some Guy
05-26-2008, 04:05 PM
To be honest, I am headed out to the top of one of the mountains that we have here on base. I am bringing a book and some water. I will sit up there, read my book, think of the friends that I have lost, watch the sun set over the ocean, reflect on my life and how I can be a better Marine so that my list of buddies doesn't get too much longer. Then I am headed to a BBQ where I will get totally trashed. We are probably going to watch Black Hawk Down and Rambo First Blood.

05-26-2008, 06:09 PM
The Bridges at Toko Ri" with William Holden is another classic.

The Michener novel and film are based on a true story about the raid on the Toko-Ri bridges over the Yalu River thru which the Chinese were supplying themselves to fight the war for the Koreans. It is very near the end of the Korean War when carrier-based jets were supposed to bomb those heavily-fortified bridges yet again. (In my opinion jet fighter-bombers could not carry enough tonnage to make much of a dent in those bridges. Even B-29 heavy bombers weren't completely suitable, but it's not my novel.)

BTW the other thread recommendations are good too.

Jay Zeno
05-26-2008, 09:16 PM
Not a movie. "Goodbye Darkness," by William Manchester.

05-28-2008, 04:34 PM
Tora Tora Tora has always been a favorite and a much better film than Pearl Harbor which was nothing more more than a Titanic ripoff.
Hope all Veterans here had a great and wonderful memorial day...