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Best WWII movie...


I say The Dirty Dozen
Tough to top Bronson, Marvin, Brown, Cassavetes and the rest of the commando gang
Telly Savales going bonkers during the third act made it way more interesting

This movie is what The Expendables wanted to be but the old stars were way better!

What's your favorite WWII picture?

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So many good ones. I will stick with The Longest Day (1962). I watched this past D-Day on TCM.

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Great movie, amazing cast

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Downfall for historical accuracy and for being one of the few WWII movie's not to concentrate on the Allied Forces POV.

Inglourious Basterds for fantasy and sheer entertainment value.

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Downfall is my last movie in a stack of DVDs I just rented. It does look intense and interesting but I also have a nagging, vague memory I might have seen it before.

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Despite all of the hilarious videos and memes I have not yet seen Downfall
I need to get on that

Inglorious Basterds was great
I felt bad for Shosanna... innocent child and vengeful woman
Shosanna really made the whole story work
What a great character!

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Best portrayal of Hitler ever.

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As usual you are probably completely correct

I must see this movie

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Oh yes Shosanna was a fantastic character, possibly the one of the most compelling and wholly realised from any Tarantino film. The scenes where she interacts with Landa are a masterclass in creating tension with dialogue alone. Just brilliant.

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Agreed
The Shosanna vs Landa dynamic sells the film
Very creepy!

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It's a movie I own (Downfall), and I'm sure you are familiar with the hilarious parodies on YouTube!

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Hell YES to both Moose!
They seem
to have used that fancy old school camera film for Escape and boy do those colors pop!
A good looking movie, an amazing cast for the ages and the picture quality is stunning!


The Longest Day was excellent as well

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No matter what else I see him in, Steve McQueen will always be “The Cooler King” to me.

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Ones I own (meaning a favorite!)

Das Boot
Patton
The Great Escape
Downfall
Tora! Tora! Tora!
Midway
Darkest Hour
Hacksaw Ridge
King Rat
The Imitation Game
Hitler: The Last Ten Days

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You own a good bunch of them
Nice job
I've seen half of your list
Hacksaw Ridge was really scary...hard to believe a regular guy did that

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King Rat (1965) is probably (certainly) the least known on my list. It comes from James Clavell's (best known for Shogun) first novel of the same name, based upon his experience in a Japanese POW camp. It stars a relatively young (31 years old) George Segal and James Fox (26). The book is perhaps my favorite novel, the movie was a box office disappointment but I think pretty darn good!

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I read and watched Shogun years ago
It was a fabulous story and the novel really got deep into the history and culture of Japan...the TV mini series was pretty great too

I need to make time for reading King Rat, but I just bought that book about the Jimmy Hoffa slaying, 'I Heard You Paint Houses'

It's been adapted to film by Scorsese with the greatest cast ever!
So after I finish this one I'll certainly look up King Rat...I probably should have read it years ago

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How about the best foreign movies on WWII?

Das Boot and Downfall are the only ones on my list

The Counterfeiters was good

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Das Boot was a hell of a film
Really claustrophobic and frightening!

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Thought of another foreign one that is not about armed forces, but I really liked it

Sophie Scholl: The Final Days https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0426578/

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I've never heard of this movie but it looks really good
Nice trailer!

I will keep my eyes open

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She is a hero

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Sure seems so!

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My favorite was Battleground (1949) ... https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0041163/
a story set during the Battle of the Bulge

The film won two Academy Awards (Best Writing, Story & Screenplay and Best Cinematography-Black & White Film)
as well as receiving four other nominations (Best Picture, Best Director for William Wellman, Best Supporting Actor for James Whitmore and Best Film Editing)

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Appreciated Ckid, you did your homework!
I really need to see more of these oldies but I may have watched this with
my pop ages ago

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Thank you, Shogun.
Since Das Boot has already been mentioned, and since you mentioned "these oldies," another excellent WWII submarine drama is Run Silent, Run Deep (1958), starring Clark Gable and Burt Lancaster ... https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0052151/

They were great in this Robert Wise directed film. Jack Warden was quite good in it as well.
Also, it was rather interesting to see Don Rickles in a drama.
Oh yeah, like Battleground, this is another black and white film that I love.

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Not a theatrical movie but I really liked the TV miniseries The Winds of War.

Two good films are:
Bataan
Bridge on the River Kwai

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I am a HUGE fan of The Winds of War and War and Remembrance.

Jan-Michael Vincent and Ali MacGraw is my all-time favorite screen romance. I think her replacement, Jane Seymour, that's the greatest thing she ever did. How can one argue with John Houseman--John Gielgud?

The depiction of the Holocaust in War and Remembrance is the most harrowing portrayal of that monstrous event EVER. There are certain current politicians who should be SHAMED to compare anything to it.

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Sahara with Humphrey Bogart
https://m.media-amazon.com/images/M/MV5BMDg1M2UwMjc[email protected]@._V1_SY1000_CR0,0,1257,1000_AL_.jpg

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Sounds like a must see!
Bogie is cool

Do you have an el camino?

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1968 El Camino SS396

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That's awesome
I've always wanted one...they are very cool👍

When I retire in 9 years I'm buying a classic 60s piece of heavy metal...Camaro, 'Stang and El Camino top the list

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I was wanting a Chevelle but money got me the El Camino. I was going to clean it up and flip it for a Chavelle,but fell for it and will never sell it.

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Sahara is a great film.

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Remake it with Brad Pitt. He did talk about in the Fury movie about driving a tank in the Sahara before being in Europe.

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