War

Ship of Fools (1965) Stanley Kramer, Vivien Leigh, Simone Signoret, José Ferrer, Drama, Romance, War

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Passengers on a ship traveling from Mexico to Europe in the 1930s represent society at large in that era. The crew is German, including the ship’s doctor who falls in love with one of the passengers, La Contessa. A young American woman, Jenny, is traveling with the man she loves, David. Jenny is fascinated and puzzled by just who some of the other passengers are. The once famous Mary Treadwell gets much of her attention.
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Flashback (1969) Raffaele Andreassi, Fred Robsahm, Pilar Castel, Dada Gallotti, Drama, War

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Heinz Prulier (Fred Robsahm) is a German soldier stationed as a sniper overlooking his own army from a tree. When he falls asleep, his troops are gone and he is left alone to defend the incoming enemy invasion. Flashbacks recall his wartime experiences and his transition from a human being into a sadistic murderer and rapist. He encounters a prostitute and a giggling girl in this violent feature that reveals the deterioration of human values in the face of the grim realities of war.
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From This Day Forward (1946) John Berry, Joan Fontaine, Rosemary DeCamp, Harry Morgan, Drama, Romance, War

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In this romantic drama, Bill and Susan Cummings (Mark Stevens and Joan Fontaine), a couple from the Bronx, look back at the early days of their marriage. When they meet in 1938, Bill is working as a machinist, and Susan is a clerk in a bookstore. They fall in love and decide to wed, but it’s not long after the honeymoon that Bill is drafted and sent to war. When Bill comes marching home, he finds that it’s not easy to find a new job, and economic hardship puts their marriage to the test. The supporting cast includes Harry Morgan and Bobby Driscoll.
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1939: Battle of Westerplatte / Tajemnica Westerplatte (2013) Pawel Chochlew, Michal Zebrowski, Robert Zoledziewski, Jan Englert, Drama, History, War

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On the morning of September 1, 1939, the German battleship Schleswig-Holstein fired on the Polish garrison stationed at the Westerplatte peninsula. Over the next seven days, fewer than two hundred soldiers stood in defiance against the relentless onslaught. Amidst the bloodshed, two Polish commanders struggle with the decision to continue fighting or surrender under overwhelming odds.
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Operation: Daybreak (1975) Lewis Gilbert, Timothy Bottoms, Martin Shaw, Joss Ackland, Drama, History, War

Operation Daybreak (1975)
In 1942 Czechoslovakia, SS-General Reinhard Heydrich is appointed to become the Reich Protector of Bohemia and Moravia. The terror and oppression that follow cause Allied authorities in London to authorize a secret mission to kill the man who has come to be known as “The Butcher of Prague”. The film explores shows the operation leading up to Heydrich’s death as well as the massive German reprisals that followed it.
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Let Joy Reign Supreme / Que la fête commence… (1975) Bertrand Tavernier, Philippe Noiret, Jean Rochefort, Jean-Pierre Marielle, Drama, History, War

Let Joy Reign Supreme
France, 1719. Louis 14th died four years ago, Philippe d’Orleans is the regent. He is a liberal and a libertine. His right-hand man, Dubois, an atheistic and cupid priest, as libertine as Philippe, tries to take advantage of a little rebellion lead by a Breton squire (Pontallec) and of the famine to become archbishop… Description of the life of the court in this period of transition where the French Revolution smoulders.
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Waterloo (1970) Sergey Bondarchuk, Rod Steiger, Christopher Plummer, Orson Welles, Action, Drama, History, War

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After defeating France and imprisoning Napoleon on Elba, ending two decades of war, Europe is shocked to find Napoleon has escaped and has caused the French Army to defect from the King back to him. The best of the British generals, the Duke of Wellington, beat Napolean’s best generals in Spain and Portugal, but has never faced Napoleon. Wellington stands between Napoleon with a makeshift Anglo-Allied army and the Prussians. A Napoleon victory will plunge Europe back into a long term war. An allied victory could bring long term peace to Europe. The two meet at Waterloo where the fate of Europe will be decided.
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The Hamburg Cell (2004) Antonia Bird, Karim Saleh, Maral Kamel, Agni Scott, Drama, War

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Ziad Jarrah, a young Lebonese man from a good family goes to Germany to attend college and starts dating a Turkish girl named Aysel. Although not very religious and accustomed to Western ways, Ziad becomes “brothers” with some fundamentalist Muslims and is slowly drawn into becoming “a Good Muslim”. Mohamed Atta and others instill Ziad with a hatred of Jews and “Infidels”, which leads to a desire for Jihad and martyrdom. He moves to Hamburg to study aeronautical engineering, attends an Al-Qaeda training camp in Afghanistan, and deceives his girlfriend and family about his involvement. He eventually attends flight school in Florida with Atta and others, waiting for and preparing for “the big wedding” (the 9/11 attack). Meanwhile, US government and law enforcement officials fail to act despite believing that a major terrorist attack is imminent, and despite noticing a number of suspicious persons involved in flight training.
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The Beguiled (1971) Don Siegel, Clint Eastwood, Geraldine Page, Elizabeth Hartman, Drama, Romance, War

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During the civil war, injured Yankee soldier, John McBurney is rescued on the verge of death by a teenage girl from a southern boarding school. She manages to get him back to the school, and at first the all-female staff and pupils are scared. As he starts to recover, one by one he charms them and the atmosphere becomes filled with jealousy and deceit.
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Boj na Kosovu / The Battle of Kosovo (1989) Zdravko Sotra, Milos Zutic, Gorica Popovic, Vojislav Brajovic, Drama, History, War

Boj na Kosovu (Zdravko Sotra, 1989)
On June 28th 1389, at Kosovo Polje, an army of the Serbian Prince Lazar made a stand against the advancing Ottoman forces of Sultan Murad, resulting in a great battle which would later inspire Serbian folk tales and poems about courage, sacrifice, betrayal and tragedy. The movie was made for the 600th anniversary of the event.
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O.S.S. (1946) Irving Pichel, Alan Ladd, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Patric Knowles, Drama, War

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Set during WWII, this taut and suspenseful espionage outing chronicles the courage of a brand-new cadre of specially trained American O.S.S. agents who parachute into France to destroy the vital Corbett Mallon tunnel to stop the German invaders from shipping supplies to their troops. One of the spies is a woman, and this bothers the group leader, who doubts her abilities. She soon proves herself, and the two embark on several exciting adventures before and after the completion of their mission. Along the way, the two manage to fall in love. Unfortunately, their commitment to duty is necessarily greater than their love and one of them will make a great sacrifice.
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Don’t Go Near the Water (1957) Charles Walters, Glenn Ford, Gia Scala, Earl Holliman, Adventure, Comedy, Romance, War

Don't Go Near the Water (1957)
On a small island in the South Pacific, the Navy’s P.R. department is spending WWII without getting near a ship. Lt. Max Siegal is the Second in command to a clueless Commanding Officer who believes Sea Duty to be the worst punishment he can give one of his men. Siegal has to keep the foreign correspondents happy, keep his Commander out of trouble and figure out a way for one of the enlisted sailors to date the lady Lieutenant of his dreams – all while convincing a certain island schoolteacher that he’s the man for her.
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