What is the last WW2 Film or Series you saw?

Discussion in 'Books, Films, TV, Radio' started by Ivan1, Apr 9, 2007.

  1. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA Patron

    Good episode except when a squadron on P-47Ds got jumped by a bunch of Ju 87s rolling into a dive.
    Lt Hanley was really mowing them down with his carbine.

  2. TTH

    TTH Senior Member

    Very often it wasn't the biggest guy who got the BAR. You know how good the army is with assigning people.
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  3. TTH

    TTH Senior Member

    I've read some books about the 1876 campaign, and as far as I can tell the best shots on the plains were experienced civilian frontiersmen like the hunters who forted up at Adobe Walls. The US Army never gave its men enough ammunition or range time to become really proficient with their weapons and as you say the Indians were no better.
  4. canuck

    canuck Token Colonial Patron

    Actually, I've read since that it was usually assigned to the squads best marksman.
  5. brithm

    brithm Senior Member

    Spotted on Sony Movies Action black and white documentary The War in the Jungle some very good footage of the war in the Far East and some raw footage too.
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  6. Chris C

    Chris C Canadian researcher

    I am right now watching Under Fire (Underfire?): the untold story of PFC Tony Vaccaro.

    It is pretty remarkable. Tony was an ordinary soldier who was rejected from the Signal Corps photography unit for being too young but managed to bring a 35mm Argus camera and took thousands of photos. He was still alive for this documentary and amazingly active. You get to see many of his photos on the documentary and also him revisiting places.

    There is a story in the film of his first developing photos: he managed to get some chemicals from an abandoned photo shop and mixed a gallon. He developed the film in the dark that night, using four helmets, and pinning the film to a tree branch overnight.

    That's a cute story, on the other hand there are many photos of the dead. And I'm now at the part where he was in the Hurtgen Forest. Amazing that he survived. (one of those few who landed on D Day and went through the whole campaign).
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  7. JimHerriot

    JimHerriot Ready for Anything

    Excellent Chris, it's one of my favourite documentaries.

    Did you track down a dvd copy, or are you watching it on a streaming service?

    Kind regards, always,

  8. Chris C

    Chris C Canadian researcher

    Hi Jim, maybe you were the one who mentioned it! My local public library has pickup service now and I had requested it back in February. So I was able to borrow the DVD.

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  9. ltdan

    ltdan Nietenzähler

    "Come and see" Disturbing movie....
    ...when so called "Kultur" really went completely rabid. Worst of it: It´s not entirely fictional as it´s inspired by the horrifying actions of Sturmbrigade Dirlewanger
    And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, "Come and see!" And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.
  10. TTH

    TTH Senior Member

    Dirlewanger was one of the very worst. Even some other Nazis found him abhorrent, which says a lot.
  11. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA Patron

    Watched this great episode again and noticed Jones has some sort of FrankenRifle prop with 1903 Springfield, Mauser and P14 pieces instead of his usual P14. Sorry, it's what I do. :)


  12. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA Patron

    I liked the KV-1s and T-34s driving around but not much else except really good cinematography. Based on Soviet tank ace Capt Konovalov.

    Closed Caption.

  13. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA Patron

    Hanley and Kirby seconded to British commandos.

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    Dave55 Atlanta, USA Patron

  15. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA Patron

    This series is a sequel to The Attackers. The Attackers was real good but the sequel turned into a mushy soap opera. The uniforms, equipment, vehicles and sets are still excellent though. Closed Caption

    The casting of the guy who played the malevolent guy from the Ministry of State Security was perfect.

  16. James Harvey

    James Harvey Senior Member

    Watched the new midway film last week

    watching greyhound currently
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  17. Old Git

    Old Git Harmless Curmudgeon


    Re-Watched The Eagle Has Landed last night. This time I've gotten hold of the 2004 2-Disc re-release, which includes several deleted scenes and the film itself has been restored. For extra value I hooked the player up to a HD Projector and put the sound through the amp of a 5:1 stereo system. Screen was a large glass beaded HD projection screen. A most satisfying experience.

    The 2004 2 Disc DVD set contains both the theatrical release on the 2nd disc and the a newly restored 16:9 version on the first Disc. There's also a split screen demo comparing the old version with the restored version. Difference is night and day (quite literally in places). In addition to the restoration there are additional scenes that had been cut from the original theatrical release. The intro about Skorzeny rescuing El Duce is missing and a new pre-titles scene is added set in a schloss and a 'cameo' appearance by Der Fuhrer. There's also a scene where Radl/Duvall meets his Dr and we discover early that he may be dying anyway. There's also additional scenes between Molly Prior and Devlin as well as a scene which explains the tunnel in the church. All over a more satisfactory movie and tidies up all the, 'what' moments. Definitely worth the watch, especially as it can be had on Amazon for less than a fiver!

    There are also a few other extras on the 2 Disc set like some stills from the movie and a couple of behind the scenes report, with cast interviews, which were made during the filming at Mapledurham. This was John Sturges' last movie and Michael Caine said that whilst they were all excited to be working with someone of Sturges stature it became clear that all he wanted, at that stage, was the money so he could go deep sea fishing of the coast of Baja (which was very expensive). In fact as soon as shooting wrapped, Sturges took the money and buggered off and didn't even come back to do the editing, where the Director's usual do their thing. Someone else did the editing in the end and this perhaps explains why there were the un-necessary gaps in the story, as the editing was studio led rather than Director led. The Screenwriter and Caine always thought that the Movie was a good movie but it could have been even better if they'd gotten a more committed Director.

    Maybe time for a re-make. Interesting speculation as to who'd you'd have play each character now..., is there any actress today as beautiful, fragrant, effortlessly feminine and sexy as Jenny Agutter, or anyone who captures Michael Caine's 'everyman' persona. Who else could play Radl as well as Robert Duvall or Carnaris as well as Anthony Quayle?
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  18. canuck

    canuck Token Colonial Patron

    Who plays Devlin?
    In the original, Caine turned down the role and Sutherland only got the part because Richard Harris withdrew after making made some unfortunate pro-IRA remarks.
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  19. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA Patron

    Loved the scene were Col Pitts was speaking condescendingly to the lady spy in the attic right before she gave him one through the helmet.
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  20. A-58

    A-58 Not so senior Member

    I watched Kelley's Heroes the other night on Netflix. The old style Netflix, I still get the DVDs mailed to me.
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