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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... John "Doc" Bradley
... Rene Gagnon
... Ira Hayes
... Keyes Beech
... Bud Gerber
... Mike Strank
... Ralph "Iggy" Ignatowski
... Hank Hansen
... Colonel Chandler Johnson
... Captain Severance
... Pauline Harnois
... James Bradley
... Commandant Vandegrift
... Belle Block
... Madeline Evelley
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Storyline

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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Heroes are something we create, something we need. 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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20 October 2006 (USA)  »

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Flags of our Fathers  »

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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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2.39 : 1
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Costume designer Deborah Hopper had to come up with over 500 costumes for the stars and all the extras. See more »

Goofs

When 'Bud Gurber' of the Treasury Department talks to the men he says of the Seventh War Bond Drive goal of $14 billion that "the last three Drives didn't make that much altogether." This is totally wrong. The 4th Drive raised $16.7 billion, the 5th raised 20.6 billion, and the 6th raised 21.6 billion, for a total of $58.9 billion. Every War Bond Drive exceeded its goal, as did the 7th, with $26 billion raised. See more »

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Soldiers: Corpsman! Corpsman! Corpsman! Corpsman! For God sakes, corpsman! Corpsman! Corpsman!
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References Salty O'Rourke (1945) See more »

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Vict'ry Polka
Written by Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne
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Exceptional film
17 October 2006 | by See all my reviews

I was hesitant to see this because I figured it would be a patriotic appeal for war. What I found was very surprising. First of all, I commend the writer and filmmaker for having a Native American as one of the main characters. Navajo codetalkers were instrumental in our success, but few movies have even mentioned them. In fact, the John Woo film focused more on Nicolas Cage's character than the always excellent Adam Beach. In Flags of Our Fathers, we see how the war has impacted the lives of three men. The most touching story was Ira Hayes, played by Beach. I think he should win an Oscar for his portrayal. He conveyed much more warmth and had much more depth than the other "leads." Even though the narrative was indeed disjointed, if you have the attention span, you can figure it out. Even though the film was two and one-half hours, it didn't feel like it. I found the story very compelling, and a refreshing antidote to a lot of the war films we see. No matter which side you fight on, war is not kind, and Eastwood depicts that well. Overall, a fine effort from all involved.


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