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    Decision Before Dawn

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Archive Authors on June 24th, 2006

    War movies, in my opinion, are one of the rarities in film, where the most recent pics are usually the best ones. I need only cite films such as Full Metal Jacket, We Were Soldiers, and Saving Private Ryan to argue my cause effectively. But that doesn’t mean all of the older ones were bad. Most were because they took more of a silly ra-ra viewpoint in relation to the reality of war. They didn’t show the nasty details because, in many ways, they were recruiting tools. But Decision Before Dawn> was one earlier work, which took chances with its dramatization.
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    Immortal Sergeant

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Archive Authors on June 4th, 2006

    Synopsis

    Henry Fonda plays Colin Spence, a diffident, self-effacing Canadian (but of course!) corporal in the British infantry based in Tunisia. Led by the crusty but supremely competent Sergeant Kelly (Irish of course), Spence’s squad is sent out on a recon mission that goes badly awry, and the men are forced to engage in a terrible trek across the burning desert. Spence is forced to assume a leadership role, and along the way has flashbacks to his relationship with Maureen O’Hara, and how his unwil…
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    Guns at Batasi

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Archive Authors on May 23rd, 2006

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    The setting is a recently decolonized Africa in the early 60’s. The British army still has a presence here, but is trying no to interfere with domestic politics. As the unrest reaches the boiling point, however, the army is ordered to turn command over to local commanders. No sooner is this done that a coup turns everything upside down, and the African captain of the local garrison is captured by mutinous troops. He escapes and finds his way to the officers’ mess. There, Regimental Sergeant …
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    Frogmen, The

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Archive Authors on November 30th, 2005

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    After the death of a popular commander, the stern and inflexible Richard Widmark steps in to take charge of a group of a Navy underwater demolition team. His command gets off to a rocky start, as he is seen as heartless and unwilling to take risks himself. But he eventually proves himself to his men (and old hand Dana Andrews), just in time for a particularly dangerous mission.

    The disliked new commander is hardly an original concept in war films, and Twelve O’Clock High th…
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    What Price Glory

    Posted in Disc Reviews by David Annandale on June 4th, 2004

    

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    Set in France in 1918, What Price Glory centres on a company of marines headedby James Cagney. He and his more conventionally military First Sergeant (Dan Dailey) arequickly at loggerheads over the same woman, an omnipresent theme in the recent releases of theFox War Classics series. Equally obligatory, it seems, is the presence of Robert Wagner, whoseromance is a side-story here. So is the war, which really doesn’t play much of a part until the lastact. Most of the …
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    Crash Dive

    Posted in Disc Reviews by David Annandale on June 4th, 2004

    

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    Crack torepedo-boat Captain Tyrone Power is detached from his beloved fast ships andassigned as second-in-command to Dana Andrews on a submarine. Power complains about thetransfer a little bit, but then sucks it up — duty, don’t you know. Tensions between the two menmount over the same woman (haven’t we had enough of that particular plot?), but they put asidetheir differences as they tail a Nazi freighter to a hidden base. There are good special effects here,but the romant…
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    Hunters, The

    Posted in Disc Reviews by David Annandale on June 3rd, 2004

    

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    Robert Mitchum is veteran pilot Major Cleve (Iceman) Saville. Beyond cool under pressure,he takes charge of a squadron during the Korean War. He has two difficulties to deal with. Onoeis Robert Wagner, who is too undisciplined for his, or anyone else’s, own good, despite hisprowess in shooting down MiGs. Lee Phillips can’t hit an enemy jet to save his life, but he doeshave a pretty, ignored wife (May Britt) with whom Mitchum falls in love.

    The soap opera elements pl…
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    Morituri

    Posted in Disc Reviews by David Annandale on May 31st, 2004

    

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    Marlon Brando plays a German pacifist who fled his country at the outbreak of the WWII,and is living in comfortable seclusion in India. The British authorities blackmail him into takinga mission. Assuming the identity of an SS officer, he must board a blockade runner (captainedby Yul Brynner) and disarm its scuttling charges so it can be captured by the Allies. Needlessto say, nothing works out quite as it should.

    Even running over two hours, this is a taut thriller…
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    Enemy Below, The

    Posted in Disc Reviews by David Annandale on May 9th, 2004

    

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    The crew of jaded Robert Mitchum’s destroyer is bored. Their craving to see some action,any kind of action, is answered when they encounter a U-Boat captained by the disillusioned CurtJurgens. From this point on, the entire film consists of the battle between the two brilliantcaptains, each one anticipating the other’s moves.

    The fact that Jurgens, thoroughly sick of the war and the Nazis, is so sympathetic has an oddeffect on the film’s suspense. On the one hand, t…
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    Yank in the RAF, A

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on June 8th, 2002

    Synopsis

    Tyrone Power is the intensely irritating American flyboy who flies a delivers a bomber to England to earn some money. Once there, he spots old flame Betty Grable, and enlists in the RAF so he can woo her back. Grable is also being courted by Power’s commanding officer, who possesses all the decent qualities Power lacks (i.e. just about everything).

    The romance, which central to the film, is not exactly enthralling, since you’re rooting for the wrong man. The combat scenes, however,…
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    To the Shores of Tripoli

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on May 12th, 2002

    Synopsis

    Randolph Scott is a young man who refuses to live up to his potential. Though very skilled, and possessing every attribute necessary to excel as a marine, he refuses to do so. When not training, he does one of two things: engage in a battle of wills with the crusty sergeant (John Payne) who knows what Scott should be capable of; or court sensible nurse Maureen O’Hara (who also expects more of Scott than he does of himself).

    Don’t approach this hoping for an action flick. Despite t…
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    Desert Rats

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on May 12th, 2002

    Synopsis

    1941. Field Marshal Rommel’s forces are sweeping across Africa. The only thing blocking him from the Suez Canal is Tobruk. The British and Australian forces are hopelessly outmanned and outgunned, but their orders are to hold out, and hold out they will. Richard Burton is placed in charge of a battalion of green Australians. Though his toughness doesn’t endear him to his him, Burton nevertheless whips them into combat and commando troops.

    The characters are familiar. Burton’s comm…
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    Guadalcanal Diary

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on October 29th, 2001

    Just in case you thought war propaganda was incompatible with good filmmaking, here’s this release in Fox’s War Classics series.

    Synopsis

    The film literally is a diary, narrated by Reed Hadley, a war correspondent covering the US assault on Guadalcanal. Every step of the way the men are up against not only the Japanese enemy, but the natural enemies of terrain, weather and disease as well. The film was made smack in the middle of the war in 1943, and was rushed into production after the book of the…
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    Wing and a Prayer

    Posted in Disc Reviews by David Annandale on October 29th, 2001

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    Weary of 24-hour CNN war coverage? Want to see a more emotionally satisfying version of war? Then look no further than this 1944 Oscar nominee.

    Synopsis

    Don Ameche is the rigid, no-nonsense commander of a US aircraft carrier shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor. The crew becomes frustrated as more and more time passes and they still don’t move into combat. Fate, however, has picked them to play a major role in the Battle of Midway and help turn the tide of the war.

    A…
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    Halls of Montezuma

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on October 28th, 2001

    Fans of Saving Private Ryan are hereby advised to look in to this 1950 effort, one of the original platoon films.

    Synopsis

    Richard Widmark is former school teacher (sound familiar?), now Lieutenant. He and his men (including such notables as Jack Palance, Robert Wagner, Karl Malden and Jack Webb) are part of a massive assault on a Japanese-held island. Stymied by Japanese rockets, the attack stalls. Widmark must lead a small group to capture Japanese prisoners in the hope of finding the location of…
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