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The Marksman (2005)

Duration 1h 35m Ratings UK: 15, USA: R, Spain: 18  Source of story An original screenplay Director Marcus Adams Writers/Script J.S. Cardone, Andy Hurst (Story Travis Spangler, Tyler Spangler, J.S. Cardone) Starring Wesley Spines, Emma Samms, Anthony Warren, Warren Derosa Ratings IMDb: 4.1/10 by 4493 people.  Rotten Tomatoes: Only reviewed by one critic who did not … Continue reading

Hacksaw Ridge (2016)

Duration 2h 19m Ratings UK: 15, USA: R, Denmark: 15,  Source of story A documentary “The Conscientious Objector” by Terry Benedict Director Mel Gibson Writers/Script Robert Schenkkan, Andrew Knight Starring Andrew Garfield, Hugo Weaving, Rachel Griffiths, Teresa Palmer, Vince Vaughn, Sam Worthington,  Ratings IMDb: 8.1/10 by 490,282 people.  Rotten Tomatoes: 84% by 281 reviewers. Review2view: 9/10. … Continue reading

The Wall (2017)

Duration 1h 28m Ratings UK: 15, USA: R, Denmark: 15  Source of story An original screenplay Director Doug Liman Writers/Script Dwain Worrell Starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, John Cena, Laith Nakli Ratings IMDb: 6.2 by 26,313 people.  Rotten Tomatoes: 65% by 125 reviewers. Review2view: 7.8/10.  Elevator Pitch: It is Iraq after the allied victory, but there are still … Continue reading

Enemy at the Gates (2001)

Duration 2h 11m Ratings UK: 15, USA: R, Spain: 13  Source of story Inspired by the 1973 book “Enemy at the Gates: The Battle for Stalingrad” by William Craig. Director Jean-Jacques Annaud Writers/Script Jean-Jacques Annaud, Alain Godard Starring Jude Law, Ed Harris, Rachel Weisz, Bob Hoskins, Ron Perlman, Gabriel Thomson, Joseph Fiennes Ratings IMDb: 7.6/10 … Continue reading

Hell Boats (1970)

Duration 1h 35m Ratings UK: A, USA: PG-13, Sweden: 15 Source of story An original screenplay Director Paul Wendkos Writers/Script Anthony Spinner, Donald Ford, Derek Ford Starring James Franciscus, Elizabeth Shepherd, Ronald Allen, Phillip Madoc, Moultrie Kelsall Ratings IMDb: 5.3 by 374 people.  Rotten Tomatoes: No reviews . Elevator Pitch: Lt Cdr Jeffords, an American allowed … Continue reading

The Great Raid (2005)

Duration 2h 12m Ratings UK: 15, USA: R, Spain: 13,  Source of story Real events which resulted in books by William B. Breuer and Hampton Sides. Director John Dahl Writers/Script Carlo Bernard, Doug Miro, Starring Benjamin Bratt, James Franco, Sam Worthington, Joseph Fiennes, Connie Nielsen, Natalie Mendoza,  Ratings IMDb: 6.7 by 21,000 people.  Rotten Tomatoes:38% based … Continue reading

M.A.S.H. (1970)

Duration 1h 56m  Ratings UK: X (original cut), USA: R,  Source of story A novel of the same name by Richard Hooker (a sudonym for a number of ex Korean War Doctors) Director Robert Altman Writers/Script Ring Lardner Jr. Starring Donald Sutherland, Elliot Gould, Tom Skerritt, Sally Kellerman, Robert Duvall, Jo Ann Pflug, Gary Burghoff … Continue reading

Below (2002)

Duration 1h 45m Source of story An original screenplay Director David Twohy Writers/Script Lucas Sussman, Darren Aronofsky, David Twohy Starring Bruce Greenwood, Dexter Fletcher, Olivia Williams, Christopher Fairbank, Jason Flemyng, Zach Galifianakis, Elevator Pitch: The USS Tiger Shark, a submarine in WWII, picks up three survivors from a British ship sunk by the Germans. One … Continue reading

We Were Soldiers (2002)

Duration 2h 23m Source of story A book “We Were Soldiers Once…And Young” by Lt. Gen. Harold G. Moore and Joseph L. Galloway Director Randall Wallace Writers/Script Randall Wallace Starring Mel Gibson, Madeleine Stowe, Greg Kinnear, Sam Elliott, Keri Russell, Barry Pepper, Clark Gregg, Elevator Pitch: In 1965 during the early stages of the Vietnam … Continue reading

Paths of Glory (1957)

Duration 1h 28m Rating (UK) PG Source of story A novel “Paths of Glory” by Humphrey Cobb Director Stanley Kubrick Writers/Script Stanley Kubrick, Calder Willmington, Jim Thompson Starring Kirk Douglas, Ralph Meeker, Adolphe Menjou, George Macready, Wayne Morris Elevator Pitch: Two generals meet in the luxurious surrounding of a french palace during WWI one trying … Continue reading

Overlord (2018)

Duration 1h 50m Rating (UK) 18 Source of story An original screenplay taking place during the D-Day invasion in 1944 Director Julius Avery Writers/Script Billy Ray, Mark L. Smith Starring Jovan Adepo, Wyatt Russell, Mathilde Ollivier, Pilou Asbaek, Bokeem Woodbine, Jacob Anderson, Marc Rissmann, Joseph Quinn Elevator Pitch: During the D-Day invasion of Europe a … Continue reading

World War Two Movies – A Podcast

As a sort of commemoration of the seventy-fifth anniversary of VE Day here are five World War Two movies to help you pass the time during the COVID 19 Lockdown TO LISTEN TO THE PODCAST CLICK HERE https://youtu.be/dg0XrnUXwC4

PODCAST – GULF WAR MOVIES

Five Gulf War Movies TO LISTEN TO THE PODCAST CLICK HERE: https://youtu.be/3VZKGZk0r4s

Saving Private Ryan (1998)

Duration 2h 49m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story An idea developed from some anecdotal tales of brothers being killed in combat. Director Steven Spielberg Writers/Script Robert Rodet Starring Tom Hanks, Tom Sizemore, Edward Burns, Barry Pepper, Adam Goldberg, Vin Diesel, Giovanni Ribisi, Jeremy davies, Matt Damon, Ted Danson, Paul Giamatti, Dennis Farina, Bryan Cranston … Continue reading

The Quiet American (2002)

Duration 1h 41m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story A 1955 novel of the same name by Graham Greene Director Phillip Noyce Writers/Script Christopher Hampton, Robert Schenkkan Starring Michael Caine, Brendan Fraser, Thi Hai Yen Do, Robert Stanton, Pham Thi Mai Hoa Elevator Pitch: It is 1952 in Vietnam, the French are fighting the Viet … Continue reading

The Thin Red Line (1998)

Duration 2h 50m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story A novel of the same name by James Jones, based on his experiences in WWII Director Terrence Malick Writers/Script Terrence Malick Starring Adrien Brody, Jim Caviezel, Ben Chaplin, George Clooney, John Cusack, Woody Harrelson,  Jared Leto, Nick Nolte, Sean Penn, John C. Reilly, John Travolta, Elevator … Continue reading

The Longest Day (1962)

Duration 2h 58m Rating (UK) A Source of story Real events and a book by Cornelius Ryan Director Ken Annakin plus Andrew Marton, Bernhard Wichi and others. Writers/Script Cornelius Ryan plus Romain Gary, James Jones, David Pursall, Jack Seddon Starring Eddie Albert, Paul Anka, Richard Burton, Sean Connery, Fabian, Mel Ferrer, Henry Fonda, John Gregson, … Continue reading

1917 (2020)

Duration 1h 59m Rating (UK) 15 (R in USA) Source of story Inspired by stories told by the director’s grandfather Director Sam Mendes Writers/Script Sam Mendes, Krysty Wilson-Cairns Starring Dean-Charles Chapman, George MacKay, Dainel Mays, Colin Firth, Andrew Scott, Mark Strong, Benedict Cumberbatch, Richard Madden, Elevator Pitch: Somewhere ahead of the front line a British … Continue reading

Platoon (1986)

Duration 1h 25m Rating (UK) 12A Source of story Loosely based on the director’s own experience as a soldier in the Vietnam war. Director Oliver Stone Writers/Script Oliver Stone Starring Forest Whitaker, Johnny Depp, Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe, Charlie Sheen, Elevator Pitch: Chris, a volunteer soldier is assigned to a temporary encampment close to the … Continue reading

Jarhead 2: Field of Fire (2014)

Duration 1h 43m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story An original screenplay with no relationship to the original Jarhead Director Don Michael Paul Writers/Script Berkeley Anderson, Ellis Black Starring Cole Hauser, Josh Kelly, Danielle Savre, Jason Wong, Stephen Lang Elevator Pitch: A corporal is given the task of leading a resupply convoy to relieve a … Continue reading

Full Metal Jacket (1987)

Duration 1h 56m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story A novel “The Short Timers” by Gustav Hasford Director Stanley Kubrick Writers/Script Stanley Kubrick, Michael Herr, Gustav Hasford Starring Matthew Modine, Adan Baldwin, Vincent D’Onofrio, Lee Ermey, Papillon Soo, Ngoc Le, Arliss Howard Elevator Pitch: A bunch of young men are put through grindingly unpleasant eight … Continue reading

The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009)

Duration 1h 34m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story Loosely based on a book by John Ronson, itself a literary version of a TV documentary. Director Grant Heslov Writers/Script Peter Straughan Starring George Clooney, Ewan McGregor, Jeff Bridges, Kevin Spacey, Stephen Lang, Robert Patrick Elevator Pitch: Reporter Bob Wilton, whose wife has left him for … Continue reading

The Monuments Men (2014)

Duration 1h 58m Rating (UK) 12A Source of story Real events and a book by Robert M. Edsel and Bret Witter Director George Clooney Writers/Script George Clooney, Grant Heslov Starring George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Hugh Bonneville, Bob Balaban, Miles Jupp Elevator Pitch Towards the end of WWII … Continue reading

Fury (2014)

Duration 2h 14m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story An original screenplay Writers/Script David Ayer Additional Info Four real Shermans, and one real Tiger, from the Bovington Tank Museum took part in the movie. Here are a couple of links, the first to the Fury tank battle Sherman v Tiger in Fury, and the second … Continue reading

G.I. Jane (1997)

Duration 2h 5m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story An original screenplay Writers/Script David Twohy, Danielle Alexandra (Story by Danielle Alexandra) Additional Info The senior instructor on the course is known as “Master Chief”. It was an odd title so I looked into it. In fact it is a title for a single NCO in … Continue reading

Behind Enemy Lines (2001)

Duration 1h 46m Rating (UK) 12 Source of story Loosely based on the experiences of US Air Force Captain Scott O’Grady who was shot down over Bosnia in 1995 Writers/Script David Veloz, Zak Penn (story by Jim and John Thomas) Additional Info Scott O’Grady sued the makers of the film saying that the portrayal of … Continue reading

Land and Freedom (1995)

Duration 1h 49m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story An original screenplay – but based on aspects of the Spanish Civil War Writers/Script Jim Allen Additional Info This film had a very limited release and so was not much reviewed, or generally commented on. Director Ken Loach Starring Ian Hart, Rosana Pastor Elevator Pitch A … Continue reading

Inglourious Basterds (2009)

Duration 2h 33m Rating (UK) 18 Source of story An original screenplay Writer/s Script Quentin Tarantino Additional Info The director said that it had taken him ten years to write this script – I select this snippet from the endless items of trivia available on websites relating to the film. Director Quentin Tarantino (and Eli … Continue reading

Dunkirk (2017)

Duration 1h 45m Rating (UK) 12A Source of story Based on real events Writer/s Script Christopher Nolan Director Christopher Nolan Starring Fionn Whitehead, Mark Rylance, Tom Hardy, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Harry Styles Elevator Pitch In the summer of 1940 the British expeditionary force is boxed in on the beach at Dunkirk by a superior … Continue reading

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)

Duration 2h 18m Rating (UK) 12A Source of story The books of Patrick O’Brien Writer/s Script Peter Weir, John Collee Director Peter Weir Starring Russell Crowe, Paul Bettany, Lee Ingleby, David Threlfall, Billy Boyd Elevator Pitch HMS Surprise has the task of tracking and capturing the French privateer Acheron, which is on its way to … Continue reading

Jarhead

Released 2005 Rating (UK) 15 Source of story A book of the same name by Anthony Swofford Writer/s script William Broyles Jr Director Sam Mendes Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Peter Sarsgaard, Jamie Foxx, Brian Geraghty, Chris Cooper Elevator Pitch A young man goes through the hardship of marine training , and then extended selection to become … Continue reading

Apocalypse Now

Released 1979 Rating X in UK (means 18) Director Francis Ford Coppola Writer/s John Milius, Francis F Coppola, Michael Herr Starring Marlon Brando, Martin Sheen, Robert Duvall, Sam Bottoms, Laurence Fishburne, Harrison Ford, Dennis Hopper, Scott Glenn Source of story Probably “The Heart of Darkness” by Joseph Conrad Elevator Pitch After a special forces colonel … Continue reading

The Expendables

Released 2010 Rating 18 in UK Director Sylvester Stallone Writer/s Sylvester Stallone, Dave Callahan Starring Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Steve Austin, Charisma Carpenter, Mickey Rourke Source of story An original screenplay Elevator Pitch A group of mercenaries are given the job of civilising an island governed by a dictator and engaged … Continue reading

Kajaki (Kilo Two Bravo)

Released 2014 Rating 15 in UK Director Paul Katis Writer/s Tom Williams Starring No-one we’ve ever heard of Source of story Based on real events Elevator Pitch Afghanistan 2006. One of a patrol of British soldiers accidentally steps on a mine. Others rush to his aid. There are more explosions, and several of them are … Continue reading

Atonement

Released 2007 Rating 15 in UK Director Joe Wright Writer/s Christopher Hampton Starring Keira Knightley, James McAvoy, Saoirse Ronan Source of story Book of the same name by Ian McEwan Elevator Pitch A teenager with a crush on the son of a family retainer, frustrated by his impending relationship with her older sister, points the … Continue reading

The Manchurian Candidate

Released 2004 Rating 15 in UK Director Jonathan Demme Writer/s Daniel Pyne, Dean Georgaris Starring Denzel Washington, Liev Schreiber, Meryl Streep Source of story A novel by Richard Condon, the 1962 screenplay by George Axelrod Elevator Pitch Raymond Shaw, a former soldier, is nominated to become vice-president of the USA with the assistance of his … Continue reading

Khartoum

Released 1966 Rating U Director Basil Dearden, Eliot Elisofon Writer/s Robert Ardrey Starring Charlton Heston, Laurence Olivier, Ralph Richardson Source of story Based on real events Elevator Pitch In 1884 General “Chinese” Gordon is sent to Khartoum to arrange for the evacuation of the city, which is threatened by the Mahdi, an extreme religious leader … Continue reading

Zero Dark Thirty

Released 2012 Rating 15 in UK Director Kathryn Bigelow Writer/s Mark Boal Starring Jessica Chastain, Joel Edgerton, Chris Pratt, Kyle Chandler, Jennifer Ehle, Mark Strong, James Gandolfini, John Barrowman Source of story Possibly real events – at least inspired by them. Elevator Pitch When the CIA find out where Osama bin Laden is holed up … Continue reading

American Sniper (2014)

Released 2014 Rating 15 in UK Director Clint Eastwood Writer/s Jason Hall Starring Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller Source of story A book by Chris Kyle with Scott McEwen, Jim DeFelice Elevator Pitch Chris Kyle has shown talent as a marksman even as a child, so when he joins the Navy Seals and becomes a sniper … Continue reading

Green Zone

Released 2010 Rating 15 in UK Director Paul Greengrass Writer/s Brian Helgeland Starring Matt Damon, Brendan Gleeson, Amy Ryan, Greg Kinnear, Jason Isaacs (hello to) Source of story Book by Rajiv Chandresekaran Elevator Pitch A warrant officer leading a team of US soldiers looking for WMD in Baghdad, but failing to find any, becomes involved … Continue reading

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