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underrated films.

K19-The Widowmaker: a 2002 film about the ill-fated maiden voyage of a Soviet nuclear submarine, directed by Kathryn Bigelow, and starring Liam Neeson and Harrison Ford.
It didn´t get good reviews, but I thought it was better than Red October.
Problem was, it was based on a real story but took a fair few liberties that the sailors involved in the incident sued the director over. For one thing, the mutiny never happened.
 
The Bofors Gun. (1968)

Set in a Light Anti-Aircraft regiment in 1954, National Service BAOR. A weak Lbdr is Guard Commander on the gun park. Five of the six Gunners of the guard take advantage of his failings.

Very atmospheric, with an outstanding cast, Nicol Williamson, Ian Holm, David Warner, Peter Vaughan, John Thaw.

12 o' Clock High (1949)

The best WW2 film of them all. The writers, Beirne Lay Jr and Sy Bartlett had both served with the 8th Air Force in UK, and both had wide contacts. Bartlett was an ADC to Carl Spaatz, Commanding General of the 8th at one time; Lay led his group on several raids including the notorious Schweinfurt/Regensburg catastrophe, and evaded capture for three months after being shot down over France. He made it to American lines after D-Day.
Both men knew Colonel Frank Armstrong upon whom the character of Brigadier General Frank Savage (Gregory Peck) is clearly based. Other recognisable characters are "Major Joe Cobb", based on Paul Tibbets who eventually went on to pilot Enola Gay to Hiroshima, "General Pritchard" is clearly Major General Ira C Eaker, CG VIII Bomber Command, and "1/Lt Jesse Bishop" wins the MoH at the start of the film for the famous action of the real-life John C "Red" Morgan.
The fictional "918th Bombardment Group" is based at the fictional station of Archbury, but if you know what you are looking for it is clearly based on the real life "hard luck" 306th based at Thurleigh in the difficult days of late 1942/early 1943 when the 8th losses were at a critical level.

The events, though compressed and placed in a different chronological and geographical sequence, portray the task that Armstrong was sent to the 306th to sort out. In the film we see "General Pritchard" replacing "Col Frank Davenport" with "Brig Gen Frank Savage" as CO 918th BG. In reality Eaker relieved Col Charles Overacker and replaced him with Col Frank Armstrong.

The B-17F used in the film as "Savage's Ship" is named Piccadilly Lily. This is a movie confection - there was a real Piccadilly Lily, but she belonged to the 100th BG (the Bloody Hundredth) at Thorpe Abbots, and went down with her crew over Bremen in October 1943.
Piccadilly Lily II lives on, and is currently undergoing restoration in California.

Edit: It has just occurred to me that there are no female characters in either film.
 
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Bit of a side note, this "wokeness' is getting beyond a joke.

I'm looking around for a copy of "Blazing Saddles". Can't find it. Decide to look up some Richard Pryor/Gene Wilder comedy stuff. That's all gone.
 
I'd nominate Duel, Spielberg's first film, about a murderous truck terrorising a car driver. Has lots of Spielberg's directorial tricks in it.
"1941" came slightly afterwards. I didn't mind it that much even though it got panned. All star cast, middling story.
 
For Bren gun porn, A hill in Korea can't be beaten.
Its also Michael Caines first film, I wonder how many people know that?
Must have been early on in his career, he's mentioned way down the list below Robert Shaw.

Did you know Samuel L Jackson was in "Goodfellas"?
 
Played "Sticks."
Actually, Parnell "Stackz' Edwards.


Gets whacked in the movie by Joe Pesci's character, the same way it happened in real life.
 

Tyk

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Bit of a side note, this "wokeness' is getting beyond a joke.

I'm looking around for a copy of "Blazing Saddles". Can't find it. Decide to look up some Richard Pryor/Gene Wilder comedy stuff. That's all gone.
PM sent.

Blazing Saddles (30th anniversary edition) [1974] (DVD) Cleavon Little | eBay is also an option.

Quite tempted by this tee shirt.
 
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The other night I caught the laser twenty or so minutes of Manhunter. This was overshadowed by The Silence Of The Lambs and later Red Dragon. It focuses not so much on the serial killer as the FBI profiler trying to work out who is murdering all these women and their families.

I loved that. I saw it long before Silence of the Lambs was made. Red Dragon was the same story remade. I much preferred Manhunter.
 
PM sent.

Blazing Saddles (30th anniversary edition) [1974] (DVD) Cleavon Little | eBay is also an option.

Quite tempted by this tee shirt.
I wonder if they'll bring out a "How about a good old n****r work song?" T shirt

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"Look Who's Back", a German satirical film from 2014


Adolf Hitler somehow survives his suicide and gets warped into the future to the year 2014. Waking up on the site of his bunker, he goes to work at a nearby newspaper vendor, reading about the changes to Germany since his time.

Basically he becomes a huge internet star after a video of him shooting a dog becomes popular online, He starts voicing his beliefs online and ends up making a movie before returning to politics, working on the nationalist feelings in Germany at the moment (the film ends by showing lot of the actual nationalist demonstrations taking place around that time).

The Italians made a similar film about Benito Mussolini called "I'm Back" in 2018 (haven't seen this one)

 
"1941" came slightly afterwards. I didn't mind it that much even though it got panned. All star cast, middling story.
Especially the lady who went for a midnight dip in the ocean and ended up in an unfortunate position on the Japanese submarines periscope. Its about the only thing I remember about that film.
 
Especially the lady who went for a midnight dip in the ocean and ended up in an unfortunate position on the Japanese submarines periscope. Its about the only thing I remember about that film.
It's a fairly random movie story wise. I liked John Belushi as the whacked out Army Air Corp pilot.

The movie was based on the Battle Of Los Angeles during WW2, when invasion paranoia caused everyone started shooting at the sky at nothing over 24 hours.

 

Joshua Slocum

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Not sure if I have posted it here already
But an old black and white film
The foreman went to france
A patriotic and morale boosting film based on a true story
The foreman realising that as the BEF was being forced back into France Belgian industry and technology would be caught in the grasp of the German forces, a specialised lathe, tools, and drawings would give them an advantage and deprive us of an entire production method, a section of weapon production was handled by a Belgian company, so he got himself over there with the army's assistance and nicked it, the lathe was so important that it was installed in an underground bomb proof bunker
 
One of the greatest scifi TV shows to be made. If you can, watch the series first.

One of the greatest April Fools too, I remember the epic meltdowns on the internet when people found out the second season was an April Fools joke
 

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