Reviewed in the United States on December 22, 2019. Re-using some of those planes, Midway (1976) suffers a little from Battle Of Britain syndrome as big stars Say Important Things To Each Other but still does a decent job of recreating the knife-edged carrier battle that waged in the middle of the Pacific for three days in June 1942. Its two-sided portrayal of the airmen involved even extends to showing the helplessness of German bomber crews in the face of superior Hurricane and Spitfires. Ed Skrein, for instance, plays the heroic Dick Best with a gnarly showbiz Brooklyn moxie that I enjoyed but never believed. In Roland Emmerich’s convulsive, more-authentic-than-not historical combat movie about the battle that took place between American and Japanese Naval forces from June 4 to 7, 1942, near the Midway atoll in the Pacific theater of World War II, we see U.S. bomber pilots, like the fearless flyboy Lt. Dick Best (Ed Skrein), approach a Japanese aircraft carrier from what must be a mile up in the sky. Lt. Ryan finds a brief amount of time to have a little (but never enough) romance with Donna Reed. Crusader Kings at its finest :)” Yeah, “historical accuracy… Reviewed in the United States on August 27, 2019. (1970) (above) is the most accurate, unshowy recreation. He also went on to become one of early tv's most creative live-drama producers. Wolfgang Petersenâs Das Boot (1981) (above) is, of course, one of the finest men-in-peril movies this side of Predator. There's a problem loading this menu right now. A real gem directed by John Ford that stars Robert Montgomery, John Wayne, Ward Bond & Donna Reed depicting epic WW II battles with PT Boats up against the Japanese Imperial Navy in the Philippine Islands. The Warsaw Uprising of 1944 is best represented Andrzej Wajdaâs Kanal (1957), although Roman Polanskiâs The Pianist (above) offers a glimpse of its brutal conclusion through the eyes of Adrien Brodyâs Jewish hideaway, Wladyslaw Szpilman. Weâve gone campaign by campaign to highlight the films to search out on the subject. Unauthorized distribution, transmission or republication strictly prohibited. with the Bastogne sequences of Band Of Brothers; or the respective tank battles in Fury and Patton. The Big Red One (1980) â another Fury touchpoint â has Sam Fullerâs autobiographical stamp as he revisits the US 1st Infantry Division campaigns he participated in. Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. The movie’s presentation of the operation as a disaster is correct, since the actual operation was a perfect storm of mistakes, negligence, arrogance and faulty planning. Itâs definitely worth another look, especially in these post-Afghanistan days. John Ford, who served in the Navy, casts Robert Montgomery as a PT squadron leader (in fact, Commander Montgomery served in the same PT squadron with John Kennedy).