Just rewatched Billy Wilder's Stalag 17 (1953). Kind of wacky at times. Lots of great POW films, (The Bridge on the River Kwai is already mentioned), Robert Bresson's A Man Escaped (1956), Jean Renoir's The Grand Illusion (1937), John Sturges' The Great Escape (1963), Werner Herzog's Rescue Dawn (2006), and Brian Forbes' King Rat (1965).
Okay movie adaptation of the incredible best selling autobiography. Some scenes were extremely well-done (e.g., B24-zero attack), but so much was condensed or omitted. The first time I read the book I thought "how could this unbelievable story ever be made into a movie?". IMHO it can't; a mini-series like The Pacific or BOB would be required to do Zamperini's amazing life justice.
I had the pleasure of meeting (and shaking hands) with Louie at a book signing several years ago and was humbled and honored by his graciousness.
Wow! Louie sounds like a great guy, it is sad that there are so few of the WW2 vets still around, it's always interesting to hear them tell their stories.
Saw 1917 a while ago - the cinematography is amazing, but the plot is hoaky and far fetched. With a halfway decent story line this could have been a great film but as it is it is disappointing.
Journey's End was much better, being based on the novel by R.C. Sherriff who drew heavily on his own combat experience while serving as an officer in the East Surrey Regiment during the war.
Thanks for that link; I've had the DVD for that documentary on my Amazon list for years but never got around to ordering it. :thumbsup:And a good 20 episode series - The Unknown War (1978)
Platoon. While it wasn’t historically accurate showing any specific events, the two Vietnam Marine Corps veterans I worked with said it was close. One just didn’t see the need for a protagonist, antagonist between Barnes and Elias.