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WWFE (Worst War Film Ever)

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In 2004 My Infantry battalion was backfilled to strength using Tank Crewman and Combat Engineers before we went to Iraq.

During training our platoon sergeant gave a hand signal for headcount and was pissed that the Tankers gave him a confused look. On his way back to chew tail I stopped him and mentioned he just gave the Armor signal for close hatch.
 

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LE
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In 2004 My Infantry battalion was backfilled to strength using Tank Crewman and Combat Engineers before we went to Iraq.

During training our platoon sergeant gave a hand signal for headcount and was pissed that the Tankers gave him a confused look. On his way back to chew tail I stopped him and mentioned he just gave the Armor signal for close hatch.
NATO standard hand signals...
 

bob231

War Hero
Dunkirk (the recent one), a film supposedly unmatched for its realism and riddled with stupid errors of detail.

To make up for that, it adds major errors of detail like the lighter-than-air Spitfire and the boat that will float if you remove 70 kg of Frenchman (to compensate for the roughly four tons of water they are standing in at that point).

Just in case that's not enough, toss together an excuse plot to demonstrate you can write a really complex storyboard leading up to a visual spectacular of... erm... one minesweeper and one German aircraft.

Three hours of my life I won't get back.
 
I watched "The Siege of Firebase Gloria" on Netflix over the weekend and it's up there with the worst I've seen, I had to turn it off about two thirds of the way in.
Coming from the same era of Vietnam war films as Platoon, Full Metal Jacket and Hamburger Hill I expected it to be at least half decent. Within the first few minutes R. Lee Ermey and his platoon have gone into a Vietnamese village with very fake looking heads on spikes all over the place. Shortly afterwards they ambush a group of Vietcong in boats on a river bank, lots of very accurate firing from the hip of M60's without bothering to use cover despite being engaged by a mounted HMG. It only got worse as they got to the firebase which was besieged by the NVA, the corporal portrayed by Wings Hauser repeatedly takes down dozens of enemy by firing his M16 one handed without even bothering to aim, and grenades that explode like molotovs. Not one of them ever takes their finger off the trigger while cutting around either.
Being based on a true story there could have been a good film in there somewhere, but far too much 80's silliness in the battle scenes spoils it.
 
I watched "The Siege of Firebase Gloria" on Netflix over the weekend and it's up there with the worst I've seen, I had to turn it off about two thirds of the way in.
Coming from the same era of Vietnam war films as Platoon, Full Metal Jacket and Hamburger Hill I expected it to be at least half decent. Within the first few minutes R. Lee Ermey and his platoon have gone into a Vietnamese village with very fake looking heads on spikes all over the place. Shortly afterwards they ambush a group of Vietcong in boats on a river bank, lots of very accurate firing from the hip of M60's without bothering to use cover despite being engaged by a mounted HMG. It only got worse as they got to the firebase which was besieged by the NVA, the corporal portrayed by Wings Hauser repeatedly takes down dozens of enemy by firing his M16 one handed without even bothering to aim, and grenades that explode like molotovs. Not one of them ever takes their finger off the trigger while cutting around either.
Being based on a true story there could have been a good film in there somewhere, but far too much 80's silliness in the battle scenes spoils it.
The title sounds like an X rated episode of "It ain't half hot mum" ;-)
 
I watched "The Siege of Firebase Gloria" on Netflix over the weekend and it's up there with the worst I've seen, I had to turn it off about two thirds of the way in.
Coming from the same era of Vietnam war films as Platoon, Full Metal Jacket and Hamburger Hill I expected it to be at least half decent. Within the first few minutes R. Lee Ermey and his platoon have gone into a Vietnamese village with very fake looking heads on spikes all over the place. Shortly afterwards they ambush a group of Vietcong in boats on a river bank, lots of very accurate firing from the hip of M60's without bothering to use cover despite being engaged by a mounted HMG. It only got worse as they got to the firebase which was besieged by the NVA, the corporal portrayed by Wings Hauser repeatedly takes down dozens of enemy by firing his M16 one handed without even bothering to aim, and grenades that explode like molotovs. Not one of them ever takes their finger off the trigger while cutting around either.
Being based on a true story there could have been a good film in there somewhere, but far too much 80's silliness in the battle scenes spoils it.
I got as far as the "heads on poles" bit and the off switch was then activated.
Utter utter pish and fuckwittery.
 
Just enjoyed 'The Kings Choice' but have to say the crass dripping septic shite that is Saving Private Ryan gets my goat. Everyone knows anniversary porn like Pearl Harbour is shite, but people try to tell me how the SPR 'really took me to the battlefied!' - A ******* 42 year old captain still on commando ops? Eclipsed only by Ted Danson's grey haired fifty three year old paratrooper and Paul Giamati weighing in at 230lbs minus reserve chute. It's a re-enactment troupe.
 
Being based on a true story there could have been a good film in there somewhere, but far too much 80's silliness in the battle scenes spoils it.
I watched it not long after it came out - I think that it had a straight to late night television release in the UK. I saw it again on YouTube a couple of years ago and didn't actively dislike it. It definitely has shades of a Golan-Globus production about it though.

From memory, because I'm buggered if I'm watching it again, there was a plot but at times it was hard to follow as it seemed like a lot of back story scenes had ended up on the cutting room floor. Adding an extra ten minutes of back story/out of action interaction, as happened in Hamburger Hill, would have made the characters more relatable and the story more logical.
 
I watched "The Siege of Firebase Gloria" on Netflix over the weekend and it's up there with the worst I've seen, I had to turn it off about two thirds of the way in.
Coming from the same era of Vietnam war films as Platoon, Full Metal Jacket and Hamburger Hill I expected it to be at least half decent. Within the first few minutes R. Lee Ermey and his platoon have gone into a Vietnamese village with very fake looking heads on spikes all over the place. Shortly afterwards they ambush a group of Vietcong in boats on a river bank, lots of very accurate firing from the hip of M60's without bothering to use cover despite being engaged by a mounted HMG. It only got worse as they got to the firebase which was besieged by the NVA, the corporal portrayed by Wings Hauser repeatedly takes down dozens of enemy by firing his M16 one handed without even bothering to aim, and grenades that explode like molotovs. Not one of them ever takes their finger off the trigger while cutting around either.
Being based on a true story there could have been a good film in there somewhere, but far too much 80's silliness in the battle scenes spoils it.
I think the screenplay was written by William Nagle, who was a cook attached to 3 Sqn SASR on their first tour of Vietnam in 1966-67. Perhaps he should have stuck to doing beans on toast. He also wrote 'The Odd Angry Shot' which wasn't a bad Australian war film about SASR in Vietnam.

William Nagle
 
Just enjoyed 'The Kings Choice' but have to say the crass dripping septic shite that is Saving Private Ryan gets my goat. Everyone knows anniversary porn like Pearl Harbour is shite, but people try to tell me how the SPR 'really took me to the battlefied!' - A ******* 42 year old captain still on commando ops? Eclipsed only by Ted Danson's grey haired fifty three year old paratrooper and Paul Giamati weighing in at 230lbs minus reserve chute. It's a re-enactment troupe.
US Senator Strom Thurmond served in the 82nd Airborne at Normandy at age 41 coming in by Glider (319th FA).

Father and Son 506th PIR
 
I watched "The Siege of Firebase Gloria" on Netflix over the weekend and it's up there with the worst I've seen, I had to turn it off about two thirds of the way in.
Coming from the same era of Vietnam war films as Platoon, Full Metal Jacket and Hamburger Hill I expected it to be at least half decent. Within the first few minutes R. Lee Ermey and his platoon have gone into a Vietnamese village with very fake looking heads on spikes all over the place. Shortly afterwards they ambush a group of Vietcong in boats on a river bank, lots of very accurate firing from the hip of M60's without bothering to use cover despite being engaged by a mounted HMG. It only got worse as they got to the firebase which was besieged by the NVA, the corporal portrayed by Wings Hauser repeatedly takes down dozens of enemy by firing his M16 one handed without even bothering to aim, and grenades that explode like molotovs. Not one of them ever takes their finger off the trigger while cutting around either.
Being based on a true story there could have been a good film in there somewhere, but far too much 80's silliness in the battle scenes spoils it.

You're right, the short clips I've seen are truly awful

From the Trailer, it feels like a film written just for R L Ermey's cheesy quips


 

ugly

LE
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I think the screenplay was written by William Nagle, who was a cook attached to 3 Sqn SASR on their first tour of Vietnam in 1966-67. Perhaps he should have stuck to doing beans on toast. He also wrote 'The Odd Angry Shot' which wasn't a bad Australian war film about SASR in Vietnam.

William Nagle
It may explain why the jokes about the cooks were the best
 

ugly

LE
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You're right, the short clips I've seen are truly awful

From the Trailer, it feels like a film written just for R L Ermey's cheesy quips


That made the Green Berets look realistic
 

Auld-Yin

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Never happen.

The Yanks have the cash, no yanks were involved. Therefore never happened
Hasn't stopped Hollywood sticking in a Yank in a British outfit/setting to make a film sellable in the USofA.
 
You're right, the short clips I've seen are truly awful

From the Trailer, it feels like a film written just for R L Ermey's cheesy quips



Everyone has to throw their arms up in the air as they get killed as well, it's laughably bad.

The Aussies have redeemed themselves with "Danger Close" though, it's a decent watch

 

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