Screen Junkies » War Movies Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Fri, 17 Oct 2014 21:37:30 +0000 en hourly 1 7 Awesome War Films Based On Real Veterans Fri, 11 Nov 2011 20:09:06 +0000 Penn Collins Good, bad, or otherwise, these films serve as true representations of the American military experience.

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It’s Veterans Day, and in honor of the men and women who have served, we’ve compiled a list of seven films which chronicle real soldiers at various points in their careers. While men can be heroic in war, these films certainly display the hardships that they can endure as well, both during combat and upon their return home, if they are lucky enough to make it back.

With all the American servicemen and women in mind, let’s take a look at seven real war stories that reflect what it means to be a soldier and a veteran.

Born on the Fourth of July

Base on the best-selling autobiography of Ron Kovic, the screenplay was written by both Kovic and fellow Vietnam vet Oliver Stone. The film is certainly a war story, but deals entirely with the aftereffects of the Vietnam War and the difficultly in adapting back to the American way of life, made even more difficult with Kovic’s disability sustained in the war.

The role is regarded as among Tom Cruise’s finest work and is among the first that springs to mind when one thinks of a film about Veterans.


Bat*21, starring Gene Hackman and Danny Glover, tells the true story of Lieutenant Colonel Iceal E. “Gene” Hambleton, who was shot down over North Vietnam during the final days of the Vietnam War. Hambleton’s only radio link to help is with Captain Bartholomew Clark, who communicates with the trapped pilot as a rescue plan is formed. The film is not 100% accurate, but many gory details, including the numerous American causalities sustained in the rescue effort, are included.

Sergeant York

Much like the WWII film To Hell and Back (see below) focused on the most decorated soldier of the second war, Sergeant York focuses on the most decorated soldier of WWI, Alvin York, a “hillbilly” sharpshooter, played by Gary Cooper. The film, directed by no less than Howard Hawks, was the highest-grossing film of 1941. York himself was originally cool on the idea of a biopic, but he agreed when he needed to raise money to build an multidenominational bible school.

Jeez, Alvin. Way to make the rest of us look bad.

The film follows York from his rural Tennessee upbringing as a nogoodnik to war hero, saving his unit with his sharshooting. It’s a pretty amazing story, and almost so American you can’t believe it’s real.

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Great Movies About Israel Fri, 03 Jun 2011 23:26:42 +0000 Breakstudios Great movies from a region in perpetual conflict - Israel

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Maybe you are going to the Salute to Israel Day Parade this weekend, or maybe you are interested in learning more about films from this volatile region of the world – regardless of your motivation we thought this was a good time to get up to speed on films about Israel.

As Israel continues to capture the world’s imagination both in the news media and as a spiritual place for three of the world’s major religions, these films provide insight into the culture of this society.

“Exodus.Paul Newman stars in this acclaimed film about the birth of Israel. This is almost universally referred to as the best movie about Israel ever made. Most Israeli’s do NOT look lik Paul Newman, but he does capture the attitude of the population quite well.
“The Syrian Bride.” The winner of several awards, “The Syrian Bride” explores the ways in which politics can have a major affect on a family’s personal lives.  This is a region full of conflict, we like this movie begins it shows how people deal with the conflict within the framework of their every day lives.
“Beaufort.” “Beaufort” is set in the days leading up to the Israeli army’s withdrawal from southern Lebanon in 2000.  This is a film about doing your duty as a soldier and the inherent moral conflicts that come with this job.  This is less of an action movie, and more of a personal exploration into what it means to be a soldier.
“Walk on Water.” “Walk on Water” is the best movie about Israel to address the taboo subject of homosexuality.  Considered by some to be a sin that is punishable by death in the old testament, this movie opened against a backdrop of ignorance and hostility that still exists to some level today.
“Turn Left at the End of the World.” This film explores the immigration of two Jews from decidedly different cultural backgrounds to Israel in the ’60s.  Israel is a melting pot of scores of cultures crammed into a space smaller than New Jersey, and NO, not everyone gets along so well.

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