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  1. >Ted no longer owns TCM Whow, I didn't know that. Who do I blame now?
  2. >I sure get vibes from Alfred Hitchcock It seemed like a post WW2 version of Hitch's "Foreign Correspondent" but having the Nazi's in the abductor role for me didn't sell as well as it did in the McCrea film. It's always nice to see Oberon in anything but at 37 I guess she wasn't looking to flirt with Bob. Overall the film seemed about an average effort, reasonably enjoyable, even at 6am.
  3. >We will never forget... Ted may not be in that camp MHanson.
  4. Ya know Andy, I was thinking the same thing. Seems odd in that there are a bunch of them (war films) and it is Veterans Day. I know AMC will be playing some good ones all day.
  5. Being a child of the 50's my original sci-fi exposure was with monsters from outer space, radiation bug mutations and giant Japanese speaking demons from the deep. I got my drivers licenses by the mid sixties and my trips to the drive-ins became more frequent. Then in the summer of 65 I spotted one of my favorite TV actors in a film about germ warfare. I first saw George Maharis in the TV show "Route 66". He was the passenger in that Corvette Stingray with Martin Milner doing most of the driving. George left the show in 63 to my regret and it was nice to see in a movie no matter the subje
  6. "Saving Private Ryan" "The Enemy Below" "The Band of Brothers" "We Were Soldiers" "Zulu" "A Bridge Too Far" "Black Hawk Down" A few that were very good but could have been much better. "Midway", "Battle of Britain", "Sink the Bismarck", "The Patriot", "Where Eagles Dare", "Full Metal Jacket", "Pork Chop Hill", "Patton", "Apocalypse Now", "The Longest Day", "Memphis Belle", "Gettysburg", "Gallipoli", "All Quite on the Western Front", "The Dawn Patrol", "The Siege of Firebase Gloria", "Guadalcanal Diary", "Sands of Iwo Jima", "Merrill's Marauders", "The Lost Battalio
  7. > {quote:title=AndyM108 wrote:}{quote} > > Or to quote George Santayana: *Those who do not remember the past are doomed to repeat it.* And unfortunately, it's often with the same not-so-happy ending. Absolutely Andy and it seems to be a lesson we never learn.
  8. Well guys, the biggest dilemma that films like "Kapo" face isn't if they can provide entertainment to the viewer. In fact, they are so grim and horrific based on their subject matter, you would have to be a homicidal maniac to have any kind of positive expectations for the film before you purchased an admission ticket. It seems totally humane to me for anyone with the willingness to watch this type of movie to have a rather negative opinion of it, no matter how well it was produced. Thus, the value of "Kapo" certainly isn't it's enjoyable diversion where the hero wins the day and
  9. Yeap, a very impressive film. However, a very uncomfortable subject. But still, it is a very tragic episode of WW2 that TCM should air during primetime. Not simply because it is a good reflection of what happened to those poor people at the hands of the Nazi's but because it's important for everyone to be aware of those events. Susan Strasberg was excellent as the lead in the picture as the young Jewish girl. Being shot in black and white helps to transmits effectively the hardness of the concentration camp and the bleak horror that these prisoners suffered in. The supporting cast all add
  10. Hard for me to address the "Anzio" film prc1966, in that it came out about the time I was off to do my gig for Uncle Sam and didn't get back to the states until 71. My guess is, it's been on the tube (likely TCM) but I simply haven't been driven to watch it. That's odd, in that I'm a BIG Bob Mitchum fan and even BIGGER Peter Falk fan. Hate to hear it maybe in the same class as "Battle of the Bulge".
  11. I don't know jamesjazzguitar. However, I did see this on IMDb, "This film was denounced by former President (and Supreme Allied Commander in Europe during WW2) [Dwight D. Eisenhower|http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0252032/] soon after its release in a press conference due to its glaring historical inaccuracies." Most of the tanks used in the production were obtained from the Spanish Army and a lot of footage was shot south of Madrid which is why there is an absence of cold weather, trees and snow.
  12. While I totally agree with you prc1966 about "Kelly's Heroes", it was a very enjoyable film and it's odd direction was typical Eastwood. Does it do anything to honor the solders that fought and died in WW2, of course not. But then "Kelly's Heroes" makes no effort to try and rewright history or suggest it was reflective of any genuine event. Keep in mind that Hollywood has made a large number of movies about WW2 and likely the vast majority of these are pure fantasy (The Dirty Dozen or Bridge Over the River Kwai). Good as they were, they never tried to make the viewer believe they were address
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