John Boorman’s Hope And Glory (1987) does a similar job, albeit with the more boyish outlook you’d expect from a film based on the writer/director’s own wartime childhood. © 2020, a division of Postmedia Network Inc. All rights reserved. Gone are the boy’s own adventures of the ‘50s and ‘60s, replaced with unsparingly brutal recreations that are historically accurate to the nth degree. If the Germans used Tiger tanks and half-tracks, Steven Spielberg used Tiger tanks and half-tracks, and to hell with the budget. Reviewed in the United States on June 1, 2000. By continuing to use our site, you agree to our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. It’s inspired beer ads and plenty of boy’s own daydreams but the cold reality of the raid on the Ruhr dams was that eight of the 19 RAF bombers that took part were shot down. For all the chaos, the attacks occur with blinding clarity in the sunlit sky (as the Battle of Midway indeed did). The German army went into the key battle – Stalingrad – with 300,000 men and 500 tanks, emerging six months later with about five men and a small van. The director, writer, tech crew, and many performers were WWII Vets: Ford was at Midway and Normandy, Montgomery was a PT commander in the Pacific (and he directed the action sequences and other scenes while Ford was laid up with an injury). It begins with the run-up to the attack on Pearl Harbor (and the attack itself), cutting back and forth between the Japanese military commanders and the Americans, including the one U.S. official who senses, from the late ’30s on, that the Japanese are plotting something — Edwin Layton (Patrick Wilson), a Naval attache who becomes a U.S. intelligence officer, leading a team that assembles bits and pieces of intercepted Japanese radio messages. No Mock Heroics -- This is the Real Thing. American sailors were in a desparate situation, and called upon to sail out and fight against great odds, with no hope of victory. After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. God Bless our Veterans! The element of surprise was key, since the U.S. forces were actually working with less military hardware than the Japanese had.

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 Petersen’s 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 Wajda’s Kanal (1957), although Roman Polanski’s The Pianist (above) offers a glimpse of its brutal conclusion through the eyes of Adrien Brody’s Jewish hideaway, Wladyslaw Szpilman. We’ve 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) – another Fury touchpoint – has Sam Fuller’s 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. It’s 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).