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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 Marines 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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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


$90,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$33,574,332 (USA) (8 December 2006)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The newspapers containing the famous photograph are, in order of being delivered, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Hartford Courant, the San Antonio Express, and lastly the Washington Post. See more »


One of the LSTs (Landing Ship Tank) shown unloading on Iwo Jima is the 393, which never saw service in the Pacific. See more »


[first lines]
Soldiers: Corpsman! Corpsman! Corpsman! Corpsman! For God sakes, corpsman! Corpsman! Corpsman!
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Knock Knock
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Exceptional film
17 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was hesitant to see this because I figured it would be a patriotic appeal for war. What I found was very surprising. First of all, I commend the writer and filmmaker for having a Native American as one of the main characters. Navajo codetalkers were instrumental in our success, but few movies have even mentioned them. In fact, the John Woo film focused more on Nicolas Cage's character than the always excellent Adam Beach. In Flags of Our Fathers, we see how the war has impacted the lives of three men. The most touching story was Ira Hayes, played by Beach. I think he should win an Oscar for his portrayal. He conveyed much more warmth and had much more depth than the other "leads." Even though the narrative was indeed disjointed, if you have the attention span, you can figure it out. Even though the film was two and one-half hours, it didn't feel like it. I found the story very compelling, and a refreshing antidote to a lot of the war films we see. No matter which side you fight on, war is not kind, and Eastwood depicts that well. Overall, a fine effort from all involved.

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