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Flags of Our Fathers (2006)
Well Done Character Development Lacking
Like many others who have read Bradley's book I felt a little short changed by the movie in the development of the characters. The movie does great justice in displaying the horrors of war while the book focuses on the lives of all six men, their families and backgrounds prior to the war. The movie I also felt becomes somewhat fixated on Ira Hayes while completely overlooking Harlan Block who was only identified as one of the flag raisers a few years after the war. More could have also been done with Seargant Strank in developing his character. Meanwhile one of the other deceased flag raisers, "Franklin," is completely overlooked and receives little if any mention. I still enjoyed this movie greatly and I feel it did attempt to follow the book as closely as possible given the time limitations, otherwise we might have had to sit through a six hour movie.
Glory Road (2006)
Must See For 60's Students
I was at first hesitant to go see this movie after reading all the reviews and comparison to Remember the Titans, Coach Carter and other "We Shall Overcome" type movies. This movie was anything but. I was a college freshmen the year Texas Western won their NCAA title and remember watching the game at a beer bar not far from campus. If I recall correctly most everyone was for the Miners since I went to school north of the Mason Dixon line in the American West. I believe the movie portrays the sentiments and feeling of the times quite well and the soundtrack is most appropriate and highly contagious. True, liberties are taken with some of the history of actual occurrences but overall the movie is well acted and will not disappoint. I actually believe Coach Haskins was even a stronger personality than the movie portrays. The team players and actors are excellent. If you were a college student in the mid to late 60's this may well be the movie that you have been waiting to see, especially if you were into collegiate sports at that time.
Band of Brothers (2001)
Ranks Way Up There With The Best Of WWII Movies
This is a great movie and a must see especially if you are a Boomer and your father served in the Army during World War II. Basically it describes service with the famed 101st Airborne Division from its inception to it's final days of deactivation after victory was achieved in Europe. It follows the men, both officers and enlisted, and in great detail portrays the many sacrifices they made in behalf of freedom. Actors who were called on to play the many characters who appear do an excellent job in engaging their roles. The Army is depicted in an honest and objective manner and our men, heroes all, are likewise also portrayed. This is one movie or episodes I will repeatedly watch if for nothing else than to appreciate even more the sacrifices that were made by this group of men. The only real negative I perceive is that it makes the 101st Airborne Division appear as though they were the only Infantry Division the United States used in the European Theater of Operations. The story of soldiers in the 101st was duplicated in many other leg Divisions, (non-airborne), which brought about V-E Day in Europe in May 1945.