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    War movies

    Dunkirk sucked hands down.



    Anyway what are the war movies set in ww1 or just set before ww2 that should be looked at? See lots of video clips of different modern made war movies set in ww1 and earlier, but never find information on movies.

    Ken burns was supposed to have released a ww1 documentary with original color film and voice recordings but never saw it listed anywhere

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    Quote Originally Posted by pocketshaver View Post
    just set before ww2
    I'm not sure that it is possible to have a "War Movie" set before the war has actually begun unless the movie continues into the beginning of hostilities, of-course.

    However, The Dam-Busters Film, staring Richard Todd is an excellent film. It must be remembered that when this film was made in the 1950's there were some aspects still covered by the official secrets act, specifically, certain design details of the bomb it's self.



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    Not set before but...

    Battle of Britainicon
    Tora Tora Tora
    A Bridge Too Far
    The Great Raid
    The Man Who Never Was
    Twelve O'Clock High
    Darkest Hour


    Most of these are attempts to portray history fact and several were made by veterans. From there we begin getting into films with enough added fiction that I begin feeling uncomfortable recomending them such as Midway and Battle of the Bulge.


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    The film "Heroes of Telemark", had lots of fiction and a distorted story line. My aunt's boyfriend was one of the saboteurs and he wouldn't attend the film's premier because some of it was far from the truth. There is a Frenchicon made film about the raid with the saboteurs playing themselves!

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    meant to say war movies set in world war 1, or before ww2. Remember seeing a few of "building up to war" or "pre war days of the wermacht"

    The Somme 2005
    Dear Elza 2014
    The Trench 1999


    See snippets of Beneath Hill 60

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    "...lots of fiction and a distorted story..." Nearly all war movies are like that. Some are worse than others though. Anything adapted from a Stephen Ambrose novel is a classic example of historical fiction. He promulgated the nonsense that the U.S. won W.W. II and failed to mention any other Allied country. Guy was a plagiarist anyway.
    "...movies set in W.W. I..." Lot of 'em were made during the 1930's. All Quiet of the Western Front is one. There were several remakes, but the 1930 version won an Oscar. The 1979 American version is a decent movie too.
    Lawrence of Arabia is another. There are lots of 'em, both American and English made. Do a net search for "W.W. I movies".
    Most of the big epic W.W. II movies are highly fictionalized. Made by Brit or American studios that ignore all the other Allied countries. The Longest Day was a good movie, but made no mention of the fact that Canadianicon Para Pathfinders were the first to land or that only Canadians took their D-Day objective and advanced the farthest into Normandy.
    Passchendaele and The Devil's Brigade(A highly fictionalized story about the 1st SSF) are worth watching.
    Sahara with Bogart is a good movie. Lotta fiction though. The Star is really the tank.
    One of the best Brit war movies was 'The Cruel Sea'. In Which We Serve is another. A 1942 RN propaganda story about a destroyer. Pegasus Bridge is another. Have a look here. British WWII films based on true events - IMDb
    There are a boat load of movies set in the Spanish Civil War(1936-1939) too. For Whom the Bell Tolls was one. Guernica is another.
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    looking for world war 1 movies last night gave me a lot of ww2 and Korean war movies for some reason.

    don't forget the Canadians got the easiest spot to land on for D Day, americans got the worst of it as usual.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pocketshaver View Post
    Dunkirk sucked hands down.

    Anyway what are the war movies set in ww1 or just set before ww2 that should be looked at? See lots of video clips of different modern made war movies set in ww1 and earlier, but never find information on movies.

    Ken burns was supposed to have released a ww1 documentary with original color film and voice recordings but never saw it listed anywhere
    Try the 1958 John Mills Dunkirk film for size, beats last year's efforts hands down.

    The amazing gliding Spitfire with 3 hours worth of ammo that constantly attacked the Germans with a dead engine,topped off with the most unconvincing movie prop spitfire 'burning wreck' I've ever seen, was just absolute nonsense of the first order.

    Other slightly more subtle anorak inaccuracies in last year's Dunkirk effort included partially complete SMLE's and lots of obviously post war RFI made Enfields.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrclark303 View Post
    Try the 1958 John Mills Dunkirk film for size, beats last year's efforts hands down.

    The amazing gliding Spitfire with 3 hours worth of ammo that constantly attacked the Germans with a dead engine,topped off with the most unconvincing movie prop spitfire 'burning wreck' I've ever seen, was just absolute nonsense of the first order.

    Other slightly more subtle anorak inaccuracies in last year's Dunkirk effort included partially complete SMLE's and lots of obviously post war RFI made Enfields.
    Not to mention the numerous uniform and kit howlers.......and don't get me started on actors hair length.

    Awful film.

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    “The one that got away.” starring Hardy Kruger.
    Not a classic war film i’ll concede but very well done & faithful to the book as far as I recall.

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