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Looking for help from the War film buffs


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#1 of 7 OFFLINE   dannyB

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Posted April 04 2011 - 05:01 AM

Long story short, I'm writing a paper on war films. My goal is to choose one from each of the following periods: post-WWII, post-Vietnam, and late-90's/September 11th to the current day. The point of the paper will be to analyze the film from each "era" and see how it reflects the popular and political sentiment of war during that time period (pro-war, anti-war, etc.)


What I'm looking for are the the movies that you think best represent those three times in our country. Thanks in advance!



#2 of 7 OFFLINE   Dave B Ferris

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Posted April 04 2011 - 06:55 AM

How about:


The Best Years of Our Lives or 12 O'Clock High (WWII)

84 Charlie Mopic (Vietnam)

The Messenger (post 9/11)



#3 of 7 ONLINE   Walter Kittel

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Posted April 04 2011 - 07:35 AM

The Best Years of Our Lives

Coming Home, The Deer Hunter

The Hurt Locker


While not a film, I would also recommend the HBO mini-series Generation Kill.


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#4 of 7 OFFLINE   Ernest

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Posted April 04 2011 - 08:20 AM

WW II (Pacific):" A Thin Red Line" the very difficult battle the Marines had in defeating the Japanese at Guadalcanal.




WW II (Europe):  "Das Boot" a German film showing life on a submarine sailing the North Atlantic with intent to sink allied ships bringing cargo to Great Britain.




Vietnam:  "We Were Soldiers" the first major battle American soldiers against Vietnamese regulars.



1980's:  "9 th Company" Russian soldiers fighting in Afghanistan.



Gulf War:  "Three Kings" American soldiers looking for treasure stolen from Kuwait.



Iraq War:  "Green Zone"  Special unit of American soldiers looking for weapons of mass destruction.


Afghanistan: "Restrepo" Documentary shot by American soldiers stationed at a post in the mountains of Afghanistan.




#5 of 7 OFFLINE   Matt Hough

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Posted April 04 2011 - 08:22 AM

I think the movie In Country is a very interesting and moving post-Vietnam film as well.



#6 of 7 OFFLINE   scribe1964

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Posted April 04 2011 - 08:39 AM

If you're looking for actual war films that were made not long after the wars were over, I would pick the following:


(WWII) Attack!

(Vietnam) The Boys in Company C, The Deer Hunter.

(late 90s, post 9-11) Three Kings




#7 of 7 OFFLINE   Charles H

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Posted April 04 2011 - 11:26 AM

WWII:  Phil Karlson's HELL TO ETERNITY or AMERICANIZATION OF EMILY

VietNam: WE WERE SOLDIERS

Gulf War: THREE KINGS


Charles Hoyt