What is the last WW2 Film or Series you saw?

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

  1. canuck

    canuck Closed Account

    From the movie trailer the music and acting was atrocious. However, with the volume turned off I could watch Mossies in flight all day long. I'll supply my own Merlin soundtrack. :)
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  2. chipm

    chipm Well-Known Member

    I just watched "The Train"....... great movie.
    Burt Lancaster was..... 51...52.?
    And he was still doing some rather gnarly stunts.! :)
  3. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA Patron

    I'd rate it fair.

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  4. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA Patron

    He started out as a circus acrobat and asked to have a high bar available on his movie sets so he could continue his workouts.
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  5. Markyboy

    Markyboy Member

    I watched the latest Midway film last night. Very gung ho with characters devoid of any depth, but it was an enjoyable bit of escapism for a couple of hours. CGI was a bit hit and miss, but i've seen far worse. I know absolutely nothing about Midway, so on the positive side I was busy googling the various characters afterwards.
  6. chipm

    chipm Well-Known Member

    I was born in the usa in 1960.

    I never saw Winds of War and whatever it was they called Part-2....Remembering War.....something like that. I am sure it was more eloquent than that. :)

    For a series that took on the entire war, it was pretty good.
    Why The F do Writers/Producers always want to pair 30 year old women with 60 year old men.?
    Bob Mitchum looked like he was the Grandfather of his "Love Interest".

    The war scenes were pretty good.
    The German Generals spoke in terms of MILES, but what can you say.? :)
    That did not really detract from the movies enjoyment.

    It had all the German Actors that have appeared in every Hollywood WW2 Movie since 1958.:)
    And they were all quite good.

    !980s Hollywood. Maybe the screen writers relied on the memoirs of German Generals for source material.?
    It was sort of the standard.... Hitler bad, Generals good.
    Adolf was not around to defend himself, so i suppose they were free to Blame Away as they pleased.
    Who is going to criticize them anyway....and stand up for Hitler.? ;)

    If you have never seen it, it IS worth watching.
    It is decent entertainment.
    Whoever shot the film was rather obsessed with using a "Soft Focus" lens. :)
  7. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA Patron

    Plus Ali McGraw :)
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  8. Waddell

    Waddell Well-Known Member

    I recently finished watching the first and second series of Das Boot, the recent German series. I enjoyed the first series but found the second series a bridge too far. The plot became just a little too complicated and plain silly. There were too many Nazis who didn’t want to be Nazis, Germans who wanted to be Americans and a few Americans who wanted to be Germans. It pushed me over the edge when the U-boat captain who had been put to sea in a raft by his mutinous crew not only managed to work his way to America but found work developing a radar system for his American friend, although he said he was giving away no secrets. He then fell in love with a beautiful African-American female jazz singer who he was contemplating taking back to wartime Germany in a U-boat with him- luckily for her she could see that was never going to work! Very complex.

    On the plus side it did have good U-boat action scenes and lots of nice French scenery, which I believe was taken in Malta.


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  9. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA Patron

    :) :) :)
  10. ltdan

    ltdan Nietenzähler

    I have finally seen Greyhound. Hmmmm.....VERY Hollywood-esque
    The paintings on the submarines were still quite nice. But to babble to the convoy over an open radio channel?
    And what on earth was that silly howling?
    I'm used to Germans being portrayed as embarrassing clowns, but THAT was really superfluous and almost ruined the serious approach of the film
    Apart from that I found the film quite entertaining
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  11. 14/264

    14/264 Member

    Oh, yes, I remember that series, and as far as I can remember I enjoyed it. The bit you mention about the age difference between Victoria Tennant and Robert Mitchum was more than a little ridiculous. I'm sure they gave her a line, something about 'I know you're over 40, but....(memory lapse, I was probably laughing too much to remember). It shows what good actors they were not to fall about laughing themselves, but then they probably did that at rehearsal! The age difference thing is probably down to the writers/producers being in their 60's and being, er, pretty fond of younger women.

    The sequel, by the way, was called War and Remembrance, I don't think I saw that, though.
  12. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA Patron

    Four and a half hours of excellence!

    Closed caption

  13. chipm

    chipm Well-Known Member

    I have seen that....and YES, it is quite good. :)

    Just goes to show...... any intelligent group of people, from any country, can be duped into war(s) that they do not support.

    I am not making light of any war, and i am not making a contest of different battles.
    But Man-Oh Man...... Stalingrad was a singular Hell-Hole.
    Seems like anytime war becomes static..... Leningrad, Stalingrad, Anzio, Tobruk, the violence and "reality" descend into a special kind of nightmare :(
  14. brithm

    brithm Senior Member

    36 Hours (1964)

    Germans kidnap an American major (James Garner) and try to convince him that World War II is over, so that they can get details about the Allied invasion of Europe out of him.

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  15. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA Patron

    That one was really good. Highly recommend it.
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  16. chipm

    chipm Well-Known Member

    Right..... that's right.:)

    There is a scene...half-way or more through the movie... it takes place at night. A kid climbs up on the train station roof to set off the air-raid alarm, so that "The Resistance" can mark the tops of the cars with white paint..
    The kid gets caught and is shot while on the roof. he dies and rolls down the tile roof.
    The stuntman on the set said the scene was too dangerous or could not be done....... so The 51 Year Old Burt Lancaster did it..!!! :)
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  17. Chris C

    Chris C Canadian researcher

    I'm currently watching Action in the North Atlantic (1943). Pretty good, aside from the more propagandist parts!!

    I wonder if the u boat interiors were accurate and if so how they got the details. Edited PS: it does not match what I remember from Das Boot
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  18. TTH

    TTH Senior Member

    So did I, Fox really nailed him. He must have watched hours of Horrocks' interviews to get the part right.
  19. canuck

    canuck Closed Account

    and are thwarted by a paper cut!
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  20. Robert-w

    Robert-w Banned

    The opposite of that film where a gang breaks Hess out of Spandau and convince him that WW2 is still going on so he'll reveal where the loot is buried!
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