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11 out of 20 people found the following review useful:
There's two fatal flaws in the logic, 6 March 2016
4/10

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Okay, yes I believe lots Nazis escaped Europe to all points on the compass. Again yes the links in Spain sound logical as does the wool merchant in Argentina. A further yes is that I accept many Nazis used submarines as the logical conveyance to get to their individual destinations.

But if all the escape avenues were available from the Bunker, why did Bormann, Weidling, Mohnke and plenty of others not use the underground escape routes? Some may say as a ruse to convince the Soviets that Hitler was in fact dead. However that just does not ring true.

The biggest problem the program has is if Hitler did escape to South America and was well funded and supplied, why would a megalomaniac like him just sit out his remaining years hidden away eating Argentinian fruit? Would not that particular lunatic want to again seek to crush the world under his steel caps? Would that maniac be satisfied not doing any world bashing and murdering for another 20 to 40 years? The simple and logical answer is no.

If Hitler escaped the Bunker he would have tried to rise again funded by all that fabulous stolen wealth. However there is not a scrap of evidence that he tried to be a phoenix. There is no suggestion anywhere that the free world rose up again to squash that inhuman thug.

No, Hitler died in the Bunker ... thankfully.

1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:
Familiar Cowboys & Indians story that doesn't work as well as its predecessors, 25 February 2016
4/10

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Way back in 1939 a short story, Stage Station, was written by legendary western writer, Ernest Haycox, of Union Pacific & Stagecoach fame. This story was used at least twice by Hollywood, Apache Trail (1942) & Apache War Smoke (1952).

Now I know very little about Eduardo Guzmán, (aka Edward Goodman) who is credited with writing the novel that this movie is supposedly based on, but I can sure as hell spot the same story when it is used frequently.

Apache Trail & Apache War Smoke both credit the writing honours to Ernest Haycox, Apache Fury makes no mention of him, which I find very strange as the story used is practically a carbon copy.

A wagon train station is used as a sanctuary by a wagon that has come under Indian attack. The station master is known by some of the passengers and hanger-ons. The wagon is also carrying a large sum of money, which becomes the sole focus of a couple of no-goods. All the while the Indians have a very real reason for wanting one of the passengers, he mistakenly killed a chief of some friendly Indians.

There are some minor differences from the Haycox story, but not many nor are they important parts of the plot.

The genesis of this movie is very disappointing in my opinion.

1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:
Relationships, try to mend, never give up., 15 November 2012
6/10

How can 4 minutes of film encapsulate a lifetime of missed opportunities and lost loved ones?

Well, a picture is worth a thousand words, so watch this with the idea that every moment is information. Take from this, use it as a template. What did you sacrifice because of the sacrifices you previously felt were necessary? A simple tale using a lost doll as a metaphor for a lost relationship between a father and his daughter.

The lost love blinds the father, he has become single-minded, irrational, rude and desperate.

However while they live it is not too late, love can win through, relationships need not be discarded.

That is what I took from this 4 minutes.

Red China (1964)
What you are expecting is what you get, 18 June 2011
7/10

A 100% anti communist China documentary, what you'd expect from that era, is exactly what you get.

There is zero pretense of any objectivity, nor any attempt to search for for a balanced view of what communist China may offer the world.

It is even demeaning to other countries that may seek out normal diplomatic relations with China. Great delight is taken in pointing out that any industrial revolution occurring can only happen there with the aid and assistance of China's communist neighbour, Russia.

No acknowledgment of China's association with America during World War 2 is made, this is just poorly crafted propaganda.

Not a tale of an individual, 1 June 2011
8/10

Richard Hillary: A Fighter Pilot's Story is a somewhat misleading title.

For the brave Australian who was part of England's fighter command during the Battle of Britain was not just an individual, he was part of 1,000's of young men, for whom the ideals of freedom were more than just a group of inspiration words.

They were willing to risk their lives and well being to keep the all-conquering Nazi war machine at bay.

Many of them paid dearly for their stand, Richard Hillary was one of them. His exploits are better known due to his ability to author his story, as an individual representative of so many.

Remember them all, for they all gave so much.

Watch this film to take in the spirit of the prevailing times, they were important moments in history.

Propaganda piece produced to create negative feelings for Japan in WW2, 1 June 2011
6/10

Propaganda documentary about the repression of the Chinese by the Japanese before and during world war 2, highlighting how evil the Japanese militarists were and the lengths they were prepared to go to.

Not a film for the faint hearted, nor for those looking for any sort of objectivity. It is 100% jingoistic in presentation and designed to further the American war effort against the Japanese in World War 2.

Aimed at the American public in a blatant effort to push it's citizens to even greater commitments in war production and money invested. Preying on the fears that without the public desire to push the war against Japan, they themselves may feel the cruelness of life under the Japanese militarists.

2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:
Heart and soul went into this production, 1 August 2009
9/10

This movie was obviously a labour of love for its relatively unknown creators, crew and cast. There were no compromises taken in an attempt to make it more commercially acceptable. At that time, 1948, the movie going audience was not looking for anything outside of its collective comfort zone. Hence a movie without any English, a cast without a draw-card, plus a subject matter that did no favours for the victorious Allies, this was made for only select few.

Luckily this movie has not disappeared totally, despite its limitations.

The story and portrayals are earnest to the point of overly intense, but these people were all about making a statement, and this they did. The use of a sledge hammer could have been avoided, but I do not believe that they wanted to soften their message in any way whatsoever.

So if you can find it, watch this movie, experience the little talked about post WW2 frustrations from a different point of view.

4 out of 4 people found the following review useful:
World War 2: The Dirty Tricks Department, 1 August 2009
7/10

For a very short movie, "Prison Ship", is surprisingly entertaining and tragically oh so believable.

The premise of the movie is based on fact. Japanese ships transporting prisoners-of-war during World War 2 did indeed offer themselves up as decoy targets, hoping to draw the US submarines away from their desired cargo ships and warships.

From that point the movie becomes a feel good exercise for an American audience, that by 1945 had cultivated a deep loathing for their enemy, and wished to see their own servicemen triumph against any and all impossible odds.

By 1945 Richard Loo was able to play his role blindfolded. Between late 1941 through to 1945 he was in 34 movies, invariably as the bad guy. In this movie Loo was the standout, the rest of the cast were merely competent.

If you have a spare hour, have a look, it's worthwhile for a fan of the genre.

6 out of 7 people found the following review useful:
Inventors doing their stuff for their country, 13 August 2008
6/10

Interesting, if not entirely factual, early hi-jinks with the production of the television.

The inventors in this case are going forward with the purpose of producing a finished article suitable for use by the USA military, with the intention to donate it to their government, an understandable theme for the movie considering it was made in 1939.

Naturally an assortment of very interested characters are portrayed, ranging from the bitter scientific rival, his slightly ditsy daughter, all the way to the surprise Nazi agents and their costly thugs.

Anthony Quinn makes the most of his part as one of those thugs, whose motto may well be that no task is too dirty if there is money involved, the more money, the more he'll enjoy the task.

Watch it for a bit of casual entertainment, lasting just under an hour, it's perfect for that time inside out of the weather, but don't expect too much, you'll be pleasantly surprised.

5 out of 5 people found the following review useful:
Not your average actor or fuhrer, 14 April 2007
7/10

A fanciful & fictional account of an actor assassinating Hitler, assuming his identity and running war time Germany to ensure an Allied victory over the Third Reich.

A dry clinical approach to this production, interspersed with documentary style narrative, with added archival footage of the major moments in WW2, tends to aid in the attempt to pass this off as something more than just another war story.

Luther Adler's performance is the lynchpin binding a rather curious effort to create a different style of storytelling, all the while still entertaining in a way that the viewing audience was not accustomed.

Another old WW2 movie that is hard to find, but well worth the effort.


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