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War movies that got it right...at least according to those that were there...

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Posted on May 27, 2020 at 02:47:22
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Is your favorite on the list? A large number of mine are, some that I have never seen...We Are Soldiers is one example...

 

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You have Favorites you've never seen?, posted on May 27, 2020 at 06:55:53
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Bridge over the River Kwai is the only one I can actually watch.

 

Sorry.... I should have deleted the word... including... , posted on May 27, 2020 at 07:34:07
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unfortunately for some reason on THIS forum you can not edit your posts....which is strange as you can on every other forum.. or at least the ones that I go into.

 

You can as long as you are logged on., posted on May 27, 2020 at 09:41:31
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Just find and click on the edit button.

 

You're right! You must have to be logged into each and every ..., posted on May 27, 2020 at 10:08:29
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forum. On the other forums that I post in it has always given me the option there but never here... I just logged in and you're right. Thanks! What do you know, you learn something new every day!

 

RE: You're right! You must have to be logged into each and every ..., posted on May 27, 2020 at 14:12:44
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Something changed here today, it makes me pull down/double click on the Moniker entry box instead of just staying logged on. Maybe that's the issue?

 

List should have included 'Patton' and 'Midway', posted on May 28, 2020 at 14:35:53
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Yes, Full Metal Jacket, posted on May 28, 2020 at 14:40:08
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According to those who were there.

 

Apocalypse Now, posted on May 29, 2020 at 00:40:58
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My dad toured Vietnam in 1966.
In 1979 or 1980 we took him to see Apocalypse Now and he said that in his time there he absolutely saw everything in the movie, except for guys fighting with ghetto blasters. He said Apocalypse Now was like a timelapse of his tour.




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RE: War movies that got it right...at least according to those that were there..., posted on May 29, 2020 at 05:34:06
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WE Were Soldiers isn't bad, but a bit cheesy in parts.

 

AN captures the context not the history of the . . . , posted on May 29, 2020 at 22:46:30
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war. When I first saw it, I immediately connected with the total bullshit and craziness I had seen and experienced. People were slap-assed crazy over there. AN found ways to express it. It was a horror show moment for the US military. Truly, nobody was in charge.

 

That was my impression of the film too... luckily I didn't have to go..., posted on May 30, 2020 at 08:43:58
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to find out if it was true or not.

 

RE: Apocalypse Now, posted on May 30, 2020 at 09:54:40
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Interesting, because 1966 was still early days. "Apocalypse" was about a much later time, when they had surfboards and cold beer and Playboy Bunnies visiting the troops. They had also given up on the war and only the hard-guy lifers like Lt. Col. Bill Kilgore were still gung-ho.

 

FMJ was Kubrick's approach to VN . . . , posted on May 30, 2020 at 14:23:49
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Every movie was about jungles and hills so he decided to show the rare episodes of street fighting. That alone makes it unique. Finding Lee Ermie was a gift from the war gods.

I also like the ironies in SPR.

 

The Col Kurtz character was partly based on an Australian Army guy, posted on May 30, 2020 at 17:57:08
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Dad knew him. He was was based in Laos, recruiting a "private" army in the villages and lived with a pet tiger...
So there was plenty of crazy already going on there in the early/mid 60's.

BTW, the Australian troops had plenty of beer. Apparently it was the preferred trade for American stores and munitions.


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I believe so, posted on May 30, 2020 at 18:00:42
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When dad was in Vung Tao he got bored and was able to get on some US patrol boat runs up the river. He said they were crazy.


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RE: FMJ was Kubrick's approach to VN . . . , posted on June 1, 2020 at 14:49:45
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Kubrick was paranoic about flying in an airplane.

The sets for FULL METAL JACKET may reflect more is aversion to flying than his desire to depict street by steet fighting.

He order palm trees from around the world and created an Southeast Asian environment, sort of, in the film, instead of shooting on location.

Also, I would hazard to suggest that the film was not so much about Viet Nam, per se, but more about the insanity of war. It's more about the irony of the pointless and mad heroism of war occasions, in general, as opposed to the Viet Nam conflict itself.

When considered in this light, the fake sets (including British camps masquerading as American boot camps) advance the narrative and broaden it's themes.

Regardless, FMJ is one of the all-time greats.

 

Agreed about the war and the setting..., posted on June 2, 2020 at 00:01:25
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Kubrick was such a control freak there's NO WAY be ever would have
shot that on location even if could conquer his fear of flying.

The tale itself could have fit most any 20th Century war.

Great film and easily one of his most accessible.




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Per my bro n law regarding Siege At Jadotville, posted on June 2, 2020 at 22:10:15
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"Their activity at the outpost waiting for something to happen was very similar to our activity on the LZ prior to our next fire mission."
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RE: Per my bro n law regarding Siege At Jadotville, posted on June 3, 2020 at 09:41:51
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"Siege At Jadotville" - an excellent film.

 

Right now the worst movie ever made about Vietnam . . ., posted on June 22, 2020 at 11:29:21
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. . .is showing on the Sundance Channel. "The Green Berets (1968)," starring and directed by John Wayne.

 

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