Nelson Mandela, in his first term as the South African President, initiates a unique venture to unite the apartheid-torn land: enlist the national rugby team on a mission to win the 1995 Rugby World Cup.
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
"Flags of our Fathers" is nothing more than an cinematic modernization of the old Tony Curtis Movie of 1961 "The Outsider". Nothing new here except to put the special effects style of Saving Private Ryan into a movie that retells the story originally told in 1961. The acting is OK in the newer version but nothing to compare with Tony Curtis' portrayal of Ira Hayes. This seems to be a Hollywood trend with movies remaking old ones telling the same story with new technology, others include "Munich" originally told through the film "Sword Of Gideon", and "Flyboys" originally "Hells's Angels" But then originality hasn't been Hollywood's strong point for a long time, as evidenced by their movie productions of so many 1960's era comic book heros turned movie subjects.
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