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Memorial Day Weekend War Film List (1 Viewer)

Brian E

Aug 12, 2000
Since this list was somewhat popular last year, I thought I'd do it again this year.

With Memorial Day being this weekend I thought I'd share a list of the various war films that will be showing on TV.

It's been a tradition since I was a kid that my dad and I watch a few war films on Memorial Day Weekend. Anyone else have a tradition like this? All times are Central, check your local listings. :)

Please feel free to post anything I may have missed.

Friday 5/23/2003
7:00am - Gardens of Stone (1987) A&E

7:00am - Wings of the Navy (1939) TCM

1:00pm - Gardens of Stone (1987) A&E

7:00pm - Task Force (1949) TCM

9:00pm - Sergeant York (1941) TCM

11:30pm - Men of the Fighting Lady (1954) TCM

Saturday 5/24/2003
1:00am - Paison (1947) TCM

3:00am - The Gallant Hours (1960) TCM

5:00am - Attack (1956) TCM

6:00am - Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970) AMC

7:00am - Edge of Darkness (1943) TCM

8:55am - Wing and a Prayer (1944) AMC

10:50am - Flying Tigers (1942) AMC

11:00am - The Horse Soldiers (1959) TCM

12:45pm - The Glory Brigade (1953) AMC

1:15pm - Battle of San Pietro (1944) TCM
John Huston WWII Documentary

2:00pm - The Devil's Brigade (1968) TCM

2:15pm - To Hell and Back (1955) AMC

4:15pm - The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) TCM

4:35pm - Force 10 from Navarone (1978) AMC

7:00pm - Platoon (1986) AMC

7:00pm - Run Silent Run Deep (1958) TCM

9:00pm - Betrayed (1954) TCM

9:25pm - Casualties of War (1989) AMC

11:00pm - Pork Chop Hill (1959) TCM

11:20pm - Platoon (1986) AMC

Sunday 5/25/2003
1:00am - Flight Command (1940) TCM

1:50am - Force 10 from Navarone (1978) AMC

3:00am - Command Decision (1948) TCM

4:50am - Flying Tigers (1942) AMC

5:00am - Kings Go Forth (1958) TCM

6:50am - The Fighting Seabees (1944) AMC

7:00am - Stand by for Action (1942) TCM

8:45am - D-Day, The Sixth of June (1956) AMC

10:55am - Hell is for Heroes (1962) AMC

11:15am - Fighter Squadron (1948) TCM

12:00pm - The Lost Battalion (2001) A&E

12:50pm - Platoon (1986) AMC

1:00pm - Men of the Fighting Lady (1954) TCM

2:30pm - Objective: Burma (1945) TCM

3:15pm - The Deer Hunter (1978) AMC

6:00pm - Men of Honor (2000) FX

7:00pm - The Deer Hunter (1978) AMC

7:00pm - Father Goose (1964) TCM

9:00pm - The Wackiest Ship in the Army (1960) TCM

9:30pm - Men of Honor (2000) FX

10:40pm - Castle Keep (1969) AMC

11:00pm - The Big Parade (1925) TCM

Monday 5/26/2003
12:35am - Hell is for Heroes (1962) AMC

1:30am - The Fighting 69th (1940) TCM

2:35am - The Fighting Seabees (1944) AMC

3:00am - Torpedo Run (1958) TCM

4:30am - Castle Keep (1969) AMC

5:00am - Captains of the Clouds (1942) TCM

6:25am - The Sand Pebbles (1966) AMC

7:00am - Bombadier (1943) TCM

8:45am - Back to Bataan (1945) TCM

10:00am - The Bridges at Toko-Ri (1954) AMC

10:30am - The Story of GI Joe (1945) TCM

12:10pm - Sands of Iwo Jima (1949) AMC

12:30pm - Battleground (1949) TCM

2:05pm - Castle Keep (1969) AMC

2:30pm - Flying Leathernecks (1951) TCM

4:05pm - Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970) AMC

4:30pm - They Were Expendable (1945) TCM

7:00pm - Von Ryan's Express (1965) AMC

7:00pm - First Motion Picture Unit (1943) TCM
Docunmantary on unit that made WWII training films

7:15pm - Resisting Enemy Interrogation (1944) TCM
WWII Training Film

8:30pm - Wining Your Wings (1942) TCM
WWII Training Film

9:00pm - Recognition of the Japanese Zero (1942) TCM
WWII Training Film

9:05pm - Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970) AMC

9:30pm - Three Cadets (1943) TCM
WWII Training Film

10:00pm - Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944) TCM

12:15am - Von Ryan's Express (1965) AMC

12:30am - First Yank In Tokyo (1945) TCM

From the VFW website...

"This Memorial Day is of special significance. We gather not only as a nation, wholly united in solemn remembrance of the defenders of our republic, but also as a people who have been wounded by war: Even though we mourn for what has been lost, there comes a need to move forward. Although wounded, we shall heal.
There is no better way to honor those who have done more than you or I-those who did more than any of us-than to capture the essence of what they have given and draw upon it to strengthen our spirit as a nation.

Many people from across the world stand united in remembrance today. We speak in one voice with shared admiration and respect…and in thanks to America's war dead who fought and sacrificed their lives for the freedoms we all enjoy today."

I'd also like to offer a personal THANK YOU! to all veterans and current military members.

Maurice McCone

Stunt Coordinator
Nov 22, 2001
Brian, I am afraid I am not sure when Memorial day is, but in Britain we commemerate the War dead on the 11th November and Rememberance Sunday.

I think watching a war film on htese days is very apt.

However, I was wondering why these films listed were all re WW2 ? We are reminded of our war dead from many other wars, The Boer War, Crimea, Indian, Penninsular etc...and I enjoy remembering these campaigns with such films as Waterloo, Charge of the Light Brigade ....

Whilst WW2 is very recent in our history, I find it a real shame to forget the efforts shown by others only a generation or so earlier.

I read recently that there are only a few dozen living British survivors of the First World War trenches, when they are gone in a year or two, will the horrors of the Somme and Paschendale, seem as distant and forgotten as Lucknow, Ladysmith or Sebastipol ?

Robert Crawford

Senior HTF Member
Dec 9, 1998
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Even though more War films have been made about WWII, not all of the films listed are related to WWII. The following films listed above represented such wars as The Civil War, WWI, Korean and Vietnam Wars as well as other military conflicts involving America.
  • Gardens of Stone
  • Sergeant York
  • Men of the Fighting Lady
  • The Horse Soldiers
  • The Glory Brigade
  • Platoon
  • Casulties of War
  • Pork Chop Hill
  • The Lost Battalion
  • The Deer Hunter
  • The Big Parade
  • The Sand Pebbles
  • The Bridges of Toko-Ri
  • The Fighting 69th

Maurice McCone

Stunt Coordinator
Nov 22, 2001
Robert, you are of course correct, sorry for not taking more care - I just took in that most appeared to be WW2 and WW1.

I am reminded that I would like to have on DVD...

Sgt York
Objective Burma ( joke...)

I also think Battleground is a superb classic, which doesn't seem to get enough mention.....

Brian E

Aug 12, 2000
I'd love to see them put other titles on the air, but alas I don't work for a TV station. :) Might have to throw in my crappy VHS tape of Waterloo though now that you've brought it up. Been a while since I watched that one.

Since they are US stations and it's for the Memorial Day holiday here I wouldn't expect them to show Zulu or any titles like that as it doesn't involve wars the US participated in. Although if you follow that thinking I'm not sure why they're showing Captains of the Clouds as that's about the RCAF IIRC.

I do wish we'd see some good films about things other than WWII here in the US. Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Mexican War, Spanish-American War would all be great to see, not to mention some more Civil War stuff. I'm affraid how ever they'll never get made because I'm the only one who'd want to see them. :)

Maurice McCone

Stunt Coordinator
Nov 22, 2001
Brian, is Waterloo not released on reg1 ?

the reg2 release isn't too bad, no extras, but just great to watch this on the projector in OAR......

I understand, that Zulu wouldn't be shown, although are we sure Hollywood aren't planning a remake ? ( I can see denzil and Hanks facing up to each other on that one :) )
...however, I would add Gettysberg and Glory to your list.

Lew Crippen

Senior HTF Member
May 19, 2002
Brian, I am afraid I am not sure when Memorial day is, but in Britain we commemerate the War dead on the 11th November and Rememberance Sunday.
We commemorate 11/11 over here as well. It is (was) known as Armistice Day in the Sates and was (as in the UK) just for WWI.

But, WWI has not nearly the meaning for us as for Europeans (or the ANZACS). It is not considered by most to be quite so important.

Scott Merryfield

Senior HTF Member
Dec 16, 1998
Mich. & S. Carolina
Real Name
Scott Merryfield
What are the chances that AMC will show films such as Tora! Tora! Tora!, The Deer Hunter and Force 10 From Navarone in their original widescreen aspect ratio? AMC's track record on OAR recently has been very bad.

Brian E

Aug 12, 2000
They've shown Tora! Tora! Tora! in oar before IIRC. Don't know if they will this time though. Luckily I have those three on DVD so if I decide to watch them I'll do it that way.

I find TCM's lineup to be much more impressive with some less known films & few repeats over the weekend when compared to AMC.


Stunt Coordinator
Jul 31, 2001
Whoa, I didn't realize Memorial Day was this upcoming Monday. (I seriously lose track of days).

Well, I have a pretty good way of spending it as The Bridge on The River Kwai arrived in my mailbox today. So I will watch this movie for the very first time over Memorial Weekend.

Thanks for the heads up on the titles and showtimes. I plan on watching The Deer Hunter and maybe a couple of others.


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