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Flags of Our Fathers (2006)

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The life stories of the six men who raised the flag at The Battle of Iwo Jima, a turning point in WWII.



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In 1945, the Marines attack twelve thousand Japaneses protecting the twenty square kilometers of the sacred Iwo Jima island in a very violent battle. When they reach the Mount Suribachi and six soldiers raise their flag on the top, the picture becomes a symbol in a post Great Depression America. The government brings the three survivors to America to raise funds for war, bringing hope to desolate people, and making the three men heroes of the war. However, the traumatized trio has difficulty dealing with the image built by their superiors, sharing the heroism with their mates. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Heroes are something we create, something we need. See more »


Drama | History | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sequences of graphic war violence and carnage, and for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

20 October 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La conquista del honor  »

Box Office


$53,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$10,245,190 (USA) (20 October 2006)


£366,722 (UK) (29 December 2006)

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2.35 : 1
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George Grizzard's final film project. See more »


When Lt Gen Smith is on the phone just prior to the invasion, he references "scrambled eggs" upon their chest. Scrambled eggs is a term for the gold oak leaf branches field grade officers wear on their covers (hats). Fruit salad is a term used to describe the ribbons worn above the left breast pocket on the service and dress uniforms. See more »


[first lines]
Soldiers: Corpsman! Corpsman! Corpsman! Corpsman! For God sakes, corpsman! Corpsman! Corpsman!
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Crazy Credits

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References Salty O'Rourke (1945) See more »


Summit Ridge Drive
Written by Artie Shaw
Performed by Artie Shaw and His Gramercy Five
Courtesy of Bluebird/Novus/RCA Victor
By Arrangement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment
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Deeply Moving
24 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I can't recall the last time a movie moved me the way this film did. Clint Eastwood presents an honest portrait of war (the beauty of brotherhood, the horror of literally walking through death, the pain of dealing with survival). The images made me feel like I was getting a real glimpse at the lives of the men who served during WWII. The actors more then carried their own weight. They made you understand these were not characters they were acting out, they were representing real men. To often today war movies are used to actively promote war or to demonize it. I appreciated that this film let me make up my own mind. "Flags of Our Fathers" is a movie that will stay with you. Isn't that what great movies are supposed to do? This film reminds you why movies are important.

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