Unit 5 Films

Battleground (1949) - An American war film that tells the story of the 2nd Squad, 3rd Platoon of Item Company, 327th Gilder Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, trying to cope with the Siege of Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge in World War II. It stars Van Johnson, John Hodiak, Ricardo Montalban and George Murphy. It was directed by William Wellman from a script by Robert Pirosh. This film is notable for portraying American soldiers as vulnerable and human. Battleground is considered to be the first significant film about World War II to be made and released after the end of the war. Directed by William Wellman and starring James Whitmore and Van Johnson.
We follow a band of American soldiers as they engage the Germans in a snowy, foggy winter near Bastogne in World War II. They're low on fuel, rations, and ammunition; the Germans are constantly encouraging their surrender via radio and leaflets, and most importantly, the pervasive thick fog makes movement and identification difficult and prevents their relief by Allied air support. This film focuses much more on the psychology and morale of the soldiers than on action footage and heroics.

Hell in the Pacific (1968) - The movie is directed by John Boorman. The stars of the movie are Lee Marvin, the American pilot and Toshiro Mifune, Captain Tsuruhiko Kuroda. During World War II, a shot-down American pilot and a marooned Japanese navy captain find themselves stranded on the same small uninhabited island in the Pacific Ocean. Following war logic, each time the crafty Japanese devises something useful, he guards it to deny its use to the Yank, who then steals it, its proceeds or the idea and ruins it. Yet each gets his chance to kill and/or capture the other, but neither pushes this to the end. After a while of this pointless pestering, they end up joining forces to build and man a raft. The two men find an abandoned village, or what seems to be a hospital. In the end, this movie shows how two completely different people can end up putting their differences aside, no matter how different they are or what they believe, and learn to like each other for the better of all.

The Sands of Iwo Jima (1949) - starring John Wayne Directed by Allen Dwan. It is based on the American invasion of the Island of Iwo Jima. It chronicles the events of the battle and gives it from the perspective of the soldiers. It was nominated for four academy awards in 1949. follows a group of United States Marines from training to the Battle of Iwo Jima during World War II. written by Harry Brown and James Edward Grant and directed by Allan Dwan. It was produced by Republic Pictures. It was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Actor in a Leading Role (John Wayne), Best Film Editing, Best Sound, Recording and Best Writing, Motion Picture Story.
Tough-as-nails career Marine John Stryker is greatly disliked by the men of his squad, particularly the combat replacements, for the rigorous training he puts them through. He is especially despised by Private Peter Conway, the arrogant, college-educated son of an officer under whom Stryker served and admired, and Private Al Thomas , who blames him for his demotion. At the end, Stryker's squad fights in the battle for Iwo Jima. Afterward, while the men are resting during a lull in the fighting, Stryker is killed. His men find a letter on him, addressed to his son, saying the things he wanted to say, but never got around to.

Sahara (1943) - Sergeant Joe Gunn and his tank crew pick up five British soldiers, a Frenchman and a Sudanese man with an Italian prisoner crossing the Libyan Desert to rejoin their command after the fall of Tobruk. They and the Germans are greatly in need of water. Filmed during World War II, this film was intended to be a propaganda piece for the U.S. government. Seargant Joe Gunn (Bogart) leads an abandoned tank unit after the fall of Tobruk in North Africa. The tanks picks up British, French, South African, and Sudanese soldiers along the way, becoming a microcosm of the Allied troops. The group works together to defeat a much larger German force that wants the same water well that they have. The film portrays all of the images that the U.S. deemed important for the American people see in regards to the war. Directed by Zoltan Korda Starring Humphrey Bogart and Bruce Bennet.

Paths of Glory (1957)- Directed by Stanley Kubrick starring Kirk Douglas based on the novel of the same name by Humphrey Cobb. Set during World War I, the film stars Kirk Douglas as Colonel Dax, the commanding officer of French soldiers who refused to continue a suicidal attack. Dax attempts to defend them against a charge of cowardice in a court martial. The book was based loosely on the true story of four French soldiers, under General Geraud Reveilhac, executed for mutiny during World War I; their families sued, and while the executions were ruled unfair, two of the families received one franc each, while the others received nothing. Paths of Glory is an anti-war film which most combat films are not. Because Paths of Glory is an anti-war film it is suppose to show how unfair many things were in the war so it takes three innocent men and sentences them all to death for a crime they didn't commit. They were charged with being cowardly during the war.

Kelly's Heroes (1970)- A group of U.S. soldiers sneaks across enemy lines to rob a German bank and steal 16,000,000 worth of Nazi gold. It was directed by Brian G. Hulton, and starred Clint Eastwood, Telly Savalas, Don Rickles, and Donald Sutherland. Kelly's Heroes was an anti-war movie. The reason they stole the gold was because they felt as if they were not appreciated or paid for well enough for what they do. There is no patriotism as the soldiers are fighting for gold, not their country. Even the german soldier helps them out so that he could get a cut of the gold. Instead of killing eachother the two sides worked together because they both felt like gold and money is more important than the war effort, the movie shows the true character of kelly and his men. his corage and wittiness shows off when he bargains with the german tanker and slips out of town posing as nazi's.