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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

U-571 (2000)

Elevator Pitch. In 1942 American intelligence intercepts a message from a German submarine which is disabled on the surface in the Atlantic. The Kriegsmarine dispatch a supply sub with spares and expertise, and so the US navy disguise a submarine as this vessel and send it out to capture the damaged sub together with its … Continue reading

The Hurt Locker (2008)

Elevator Pitch When bomb disposal expert Staff Sergeant William James takes over as head of a team dealing with IEDs after the death of their former leader, the team find themselves being exposed to a higher level of risk as he goes against formal protocols to make bombs safe in the dangerous urban areas of … 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

Black Hawk Down (2001)

Duration 2h 24m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story A 1999 book of the same name by Mark Bowden which followed a series of articles in the Philadelphia Enquirer. These in turn described the real events which took place in 1993 in Mogadishu. Writers/Script Ken Nolan Additional Info Although the UN forces in the area … 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

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