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An American story, a drama of the real life battle of Athens georgia in august 1946 where WW2 veterans rose up and fought a corrupt local government by taking up arms against itThank you - I will take the time to watch that tonmorow. I last saw it in 1990.
Another US film that I cannot remember was about a group of demobilised soldiers adjusting to life after World War Two. Brad Johnson and Tom Sizemore were in it.
You're not going crazy. I was gifted a DVD copy of this 1971 movie a couple of Christmases ago. It was kind of depressing with all the killing, raping, and looting going on. There was some subplot of a religious shrine of some kind too to Jesus Christ or Loki or Odin that Michael Caine was arguing with the village priest about. I didn't get that bit on first view, but maybe it's worth another screening.Does anybody know of one of my favourite movies, well up in my top ten "The Last Valley" starring Michael Caine?
Whenever I have mentioned this to anybody over the last forty or so years (even to film buffs who like this sort of thing) have never heard of it and tell me that I am talking bolox but knowing me, I probably am.
Set during the Hundred Years War in plague-ravaged Europe, merceneries find a valley village that has been unaffected and they decide to over-Winter there.
Cracking movie. Errmm, I am sure that it does exist? Bedtime rum beckons.
Edited for Old Rosie, rum and for being a d*ck.
Sent from my karzi while losing several pounds
Silly youth comedy about a US kid and his mates crossing Europe to get to his German pen pal. Very, very funny.
You're not going crazy. I was gifted a DVD copy of this 1971 movie a couple of Christmases ago. It was kind of depressing with all the killing, raping, and looting going on. There was some subplot of a religious shrine of some kind too to Jesus Christ or Loki or Odin that Michael Caine was arguing with the village priest about. I didn't get that bit on first view, but maybe it's worth another screening.
Thanks for that. It sounds as if it would be worthwhile to put it on the 42 in flat screen some day soon to see if I can get a better understanding of what's actually going on in it.An essential part of the backstory that I guess is easy to miss is that a lot of the war was about religion. The Catholics and the Protestants were literally at each others throats, it was fundamentally a sectarian war over the Holy Roman Empire in the Germanic states and the fact they viewed the Lutheran Protestants as vile heretics, the protestants were equally violently opposed to the "idolatry" of the Catholics, plus it was a power grab.
The shrine you remember is in fact one of the numerous (at the time) shrines to some Saint or other that the Catholics worshipped hence the idolatry was real, at least to the Protestants.
That war is a classic case of the various rulers using the politics of religion as an excuse to just kick the crap out of people they didn't like and grab their land/wealth/food/remains of population that hadn't been slaughtered.
It helps if you have an appreciation of the history of the time and the place, then you can appreciate the motivations (such as they were) behind all the violence. If you watch it again you'll notice that the village is Catholic and Michael Caine's mercenary warband has both Catholics and Protestants who divide on sectarian lines. It looks quite a simple film, but it's got some nuance that would make little sense without the history.
Silent Running?In no particular order:
Ships With Wings
That Hamilton Woman
Lifeline To Victory
The Bridges Of Toki-Ro
Spies Like Us
Flight Of The Intruder
Armed And Dangerous
The Fourth Protocol
There are others that I cannot remember the names of. There was an American film about three astronauts trapped in a space station.