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Flags of our Fathers (2006)

Flags of Our Fathers (original title)
The life stories of the six men who raised the flag at the Battle of Iwo Jima, a turning point in World War II.

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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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The real heroes are the ones left on the island. See more »

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

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20 October 2006 (USA)  »

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Flags of our Fathers  »

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Budget:

$90,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$10,245,190 (USA) (22 October 2006)

Gross:

$33,602,376 (USA)
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Trivia

The scene with Bill Genaust and Joe Rosenthal just as the flag is about to be raised and the comment " I wish I could have seen their faces" is incorrect. According to the real Joe Rosenthal, it was Genaust that told him the flag was being raised as Rosenthal has his back to the flag photographing the naval fleet. In the movie this is reversed. When told about the flag being raised, Rosenthal turned and snapped the picture. He did not know what he had taken until he was shown the developed picture after returning to the States. See more »

Goofs

There are several scenes in the movie where there are continuity problems with the helmet chin straps. For example, near the beginning of the movie, when Doc and Iggy are in the shell crater from which Iggy disappears, Doc's chin strap is tight, then loose. Similarly, when Ira Hayes comes out of his tent at the training camp, his chin strap is fastened, then unfastened. There are other examples. See more »

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

I'll Walk Alone
Written by Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne
Performed by Dinah Shore
Courtesy of The RCA Records Label
By Arrangement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment
Main title performed by Don Runner
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War vs Hollywood
14 October 2006 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

In two and a half hours Clint Eastwood paints a thought provoking piece on heroism and war-propaganda. The film tells three stories: first it is the WW II battle of Iwo Jima where thousands of soldiers (Japanese and American) died 'conquering' that island. In the style of Saving Private Ryan (Spielberg is a producer of Flags) the viewer gets a astounding look at war with a lot of blood, guts and CGI. Second is the story of a son of one of the flag raisers on that island, who interviews other survivors of that battle to understand his dad a little better. This is very moving stuff, but stands a little pale in comparison to the final storyline. This is where veteran-director Eastwood really shines. Like his meditation on violence Unforgiven, Flags takes a closer look at heroism where soldiers by chance get into the spotlight of the war-propaganda-machine. Some may say that Eastwood made an anti-war film or even an anti-America film, but they're wrong. Flags is very critical on the way war is sold to the public. There's nothing honorable about killing or to be killed on the battlefield. The only thing that matters is that you protect you're friends in your platoon and that they protect you. Flags is one of the best war movies I ever saw, maybe even better than Ryan, because it's never sentimental and always honest in its portrayal of the soldiers and war in general.


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