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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 World War II.

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Clint Eastwood

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William Broyles Jr. (screenplay), Paul Haggis (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ryan Phillippe ... John "Doc" Bradley
Jesse Bradford ... Rene Gagnon
Adam Beach ... Ira Hayes
John Benjamin Hickey ... Keyes Beech
John Slattery ... Bud Gerber
Barry Pepper ... Mike Strank
Jamie Bell ... Ralph "Iggy" Ignatowski
Paul Walker ... Hank Hansen
Robert Patrick ... Colonel Chandler Johnson
Neal McDonough ... Captain Severance
Melanie Lynskey ... Pauline Harnois
Tom McCarthy ... James Bradley
Chris Bauer ... Commandant Vandegrift
Judith Ivey ... Belle Block
Myra Turley ... Madeline Evelley
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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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A Single Shot Can End The War See more »

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Drama | History | War

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 October 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Flags of our Fathers See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$90,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,245,190, 22 October 2006, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$33,602,376

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$65,900,249
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Color (Technicolor)

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2.39 : 1
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After planting the flag, the unit is attacked by a couple of Japanese while waiting on the mountain top. The standing soldier's bayonet can been seen flexing back and forth as he moves his gun. Clearly it's a black rubber prop bayonet. See more »

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[first lines]
Soldiers: Corpsman! Corpsman! Corpsman! Corpsman! For God sakes, corpsman! Corpsman! Corpsman!
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Any Bonds Today?
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An amazing accomplishment
18 October 2006 | by mrmatt14See all my reviews

I've always felt that when you fictionalize a story about war, you dishonor the memory of so many people who have a compelling story to tell by choosing to make something up instead *cough*privateryan*cough*.

The problem with war movies about real people is that you have to deal with complexities of character and plot that the genre simply doesn't lend itself easily to.

So when the story at hand aims to pose questions like "what does it mean to do the wrong things for the right reasons" and tries to debunk the popular myth of herodom, there's very little margin for error.

Enter Clint Eastwood. Never one to shy away from challenging stories, this is a much bigger effort than his usual understated character dramas. On the one hand, it doesn't "feel" like a Clint Eastwood movie, but on the other, it feels at home in his themes of used-up heroes -- the person behind the larger than life persona. These are complex characters in very difficult situations, and he presents them in a way that's straightforward and non-judgmental, so we're left to decide the answers to the film's central conflicts ourselves.

To a person, the cast is up to the challenge. It's hard not to admire Ryan Phillippe for a restrained and thoughtful performance, but the real kudos go to Adam Beach. Almost every aspect of Beach's character is cliché, with one minor exception - that's really the way Ira Hayes was. So the challenge was to portray Hayes as a real person despite the cliché, and the result is one of the most heartbreaking and troubling performances in the film. Here's a guy who is portrayed as a hero, who really has no answers at all.

There's a lot not to like about the film. It's not "entertaining" per se, in the same way that any war memorial in DC is not entertaining. Nor is it a particularly approachable film. What it lacks in popcorn-munching entertainment value, it replaces with gravitas. This is an important film, about an important time. It's status as a valuable history lesson is secondary to it's reflections on human nature and our society. As such, it deserves to be seen, and contemplated, and appreciated.

I can't wait for Letters From Iwo Jima (the companion piece, also from Clint Eastwood, told from the Japanese point of view.) Taken together, the scope of this project is breathtaking.


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