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The Thundering 8th (2000)

| Action, Drama, Romance
Veteran WWII fighter pilot, Joe Sarnowski, reflects back on his service as an American fighter ace. His pained memories of both love and war are told in the classic WWII movie tradition ... See full summary »

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Donald Borza II ...
Joe Sarnowski
Ewing Miles Brown ...
William Howard
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Col.Thompson
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Margaret Howard
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Spike Sills
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Capt. Otis Buchwald
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Capt. 'Papa Bear' Wilson
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Old Joe
Kommerina DeYoung ...
Kommerina (as Karin Young)
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German soldier
Marguerite Hickey ...
Nurse Williams
Mylan Janoplis
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Lt. Emerson
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Veteran WWII fighter pilot, Joe Sarnowski, reflects back on his service as an American fighter ace. His pained memories of both love and war are told in the classic WWII movie tradition with a very unique and bold style. Written by Donald Borza,II - <Donborza@aol.com>

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Not sure what to make of the film
7 June 2000 | by (Colorado) – See all my reviews

I'm not sure but I think some of the scenes were real World War 2 footage. It looked like the film went from film to video, and the tint change between different angles of different scenes. Not sure why. Maybe it was done to try to make the real footage and story footage fit together better. However, in some scenes that were all story footage the tinting changed too. At first I thought maybe this was done because characters were borrowed from other films and merged in...but that wasn't the case. The tinting changes seemed distracting.

The story was average. Acting in parts could use some improvements -- it felt like acting rather than real people. Parts of it seemed a little stiff. The beginning seemed to start like Saving Private Ryan did (in a Arlington Cemetary) with Veterans looking on...and it's a flashback of a veteran thinking about his pilot experiences in World War 2 (However Private Ryan is a better film) But this is more an independent film and it's not fair to compare it to a big budget film.

I went to see this film because the director was in town and the event was for charity to raise money for the WW2 monument being built in Washington DC. I thought it was nice of the director taking his time and energy to put towards a good cause and for that he should be commended.

Also the director had a lot of parts in the movie..writer, producer, director, and actor.... It's probably hard to do everything good and someone who tries to do all these things certainly has a lot of initiative.

There are several famous actors from old TV shows in the movie. In particular Larry Wilcox (from Chips) and the woman who was the mother in Lost In Space are both in the movie. A few other TV actors are in the movie too.


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