Author Topic: Crappiest War Film  (Read 4208 times)

Re: Crappiest War Film
« Reply #25 on: November 19, 2010, 03:31:42 pm »
Wasn't that a documentary though?

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Re: Crappiest War Film
« Reply #26 on: November 19, 2010, 03:47:54 pm »
;D
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Re: Crappiest War Film
« Reply #27 on: November 19, 2010, 04:41:20 pm »
Hamburger Hill and The Thin Red Line are both rubbish. there are some good bits in both films, but equally they're both ruined by letting the directors doodle around randomly.

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Re: Crappiest War Film
« Reply #28 on: November 19, 2010, 05:09:14 pm »
The Wild Geese

Unadulterated shite! AND they had the barefaced cheek to make abloody sequel  :sick:  :sick:  :sick:
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Re: Crappiest War Film
« Reply #29 on: November 19, 2010, 05:30:26 pm »
Three Kings
U-571
Midway (mainly because the action sequences are niicked from other films)
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Re: Crappiest War Film
« Reply #30 on: November 19, 2010, 05:43:53 pm »
Midway (mainly because the action sequences are niicked from other films)

633 Squadron is tolerable with a decent Ron Goodwin soundtrack, but Mosquito Squadron was obviously made at the same time, has a paper thin plot and steals yards of action footage from 633 Sq.
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Re: Crappiest War Film
« Reply #31 on: November 19, 2010, 06:02:25 pm »
ISTR there was one in which Errol Flynn liberated Burma... ::-)
Heading my list of bad films in which Americans win WW2 all on their own. See above.
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Re: Crappiest War Film
« Reply #32 on: November 19, 2010, 06:14:57 pm »

Re: Crappiest War Film
« Reply #33 on: November 19, 2010, 07:06:10 pm »
Midway (mainly because the action sequences are niicked from other films)

633 Squadron is tolerable with a decent Ron Goodwin soundtrack, but Mosquito Squadron was obviously made at the same time, has a paper thin plot and steals yards of action footage from 633 Sq.
I love the cliche in 633 Squadron.  Ginger dude wants to come out of his retirement flying a desk for one last mission, begs to be allowed to join the rest of them...and dies.
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Re: Crappiest War Film
« Reply #34 on: November 19, 2010, 07:32:52 pm »
And Johnny Briggs cops it as well.

The Greek cast as a Norwegian in 633 was probably the crappiest bit of casting I can think of right now...
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Re: Crappiest War Film
« Reply #35 on: November 19, 2010, 08:55:03 pm »
Midway (mainly because the action sequences are niicked from other films)

633 Squadron is tolerable with a decent Ron Goodwin soundtrack, but Mosquito Squadron was obviously made at the same time, has a paper thin plot and steals yards of action footage from 633 Sq.
I love the cliche in 633 Squadron.  Ginger dude wants to come out of his retirement flying a desk for one last mission, begs to be allowed to join the rest of them...and dies.

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Re: Crappiest War Film
« Reply #36 on: November 19, 2010, 09:09:28 pm »
I found Passchendaele as dull as ditchwater, more a soppy love story that didn't know where it was going  than war film.

I wasn't keen on 'Attack on Leningrad' either.

Re: Crappiest War Film
« Reply #37 on: November 19, 2010, 09:20:33 pm »
Tenko. Mainly from the constant references on Ed Reardon's week

Re: Crappiest War Film
« Reply #38 on: November 19, 2010, 09:27:40 pm »
Oh, can I have Atonement?  Simon Legg gave it a pasting of a review which I can't hope to replicate, but the massacred schoolgirls dying in neat rows were a particular highlight.
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Re: Crappiest War Film
« Reply #39 on: November 19, 2010, 10:00:19 pm »
Love Actually.

As war movies go, it fails on every level.

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Re: Crappiest War Film
« Reply #40 on: November 19, 2010, 10:25:30 pm »
Red Dawn
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Re: Crappiest War Film
« Reply #41 on: November 20, 2010, 03:52:00 am »
Windtalkers. Jaw-droppingly dreadful.

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Re: Crappiest War Film
« Reply #42 on: November 20, 2010, 10:58:27 am »
Windtalkers. Jaw-droppingly dreadful.

Just like that other war film starring Nicholas Cage, Captain Corelli's Mandolin
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Re: Crappiest War Film
« Reply #43 on: November 20, 2010, 03:05:38 pm »
ICBA to look, but I'm sure we'll have had Pearl Harbour by now, if not, here it is...
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Re: Crappiest War Film
« Reply #44 on: November 20, 2010, 05:25:42 pm »
ICBA to look, but I'm sure we'll have had Pearl Harbour by now, if not, here it is...

I think somebody mentioned it upthread, but as it was such a steaming pile of ordure it bears repeating.  ;)

It's a film that can't decide if it's subject matter is momentous events in the Pacific theatre, or a tangled love triangle, and the script-monkeys should have been put in the stocks and pelted with rotten tomatoes.

And that's before we get to a comprehensive list of continuity and anachronism goofs...

And whilst we're on the subject of Japan's pre-emptive strike, what about The Final Countdown?
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Re: Crappiest War Film
« Reply #45 on: December 05, 2010, 07:10:12 pm »
La Vita e Bella, or Life is Beautiful.

Made me bloody angry the first time I saw it. Saw it again more recently and less angry (maybe as I was prepared) but still a waste of celluloid.

Willing to believe that director and star Benigni meant well, but worry for him.

The normal answer to charges that no death camp ever looked like that is that the film is seen from the point of view of a child.

No, it $$$ well isn't.


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Re: Crappiest War Film
« Reply #46 on: December 06, 2010, 05:22:05 pm »
This may be an unpopular choice:

I never 'got' Bridge on the River Kwai.

I also read Russell Braddon's book The Naked Island.

On the basis of the latter, the former is as far fetched as shit from China . . .
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Re: Crappiest War Film
« Reply #47 on: December 06, 2010, 05:29:56 pm »
I was hugely disappointed in The Pacific, the follow up to Band of Brothers.