The War (2007)
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A Deadly Calling: November 1943 - June 1944 

Americans are shocked by terrible losses on the Pacific atoll of Tarawa, while in Italy Allied forces are stalled for months at Monte Cassino and a risky landing at Anzio fails utterly. At ... See full summary »

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Ken Burns (co-director), Lynn Novick (co-director)
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Keith David ... Himself - Narrator (voice)
Burt Wilson Burt Wilson ... Himself - Resident of Sacramento, California
Paul Fussell Paul Fussell ... Himself - Infantry
John Hope Franklin ... Himself - Resident of Oklahoma
John Gray John Gray ... Himself - Resident of Mobile, Alabama
Clyde Odum Clyde Odum ... Himself - Resident of Mobile, Alabama
Katharine Phillips Katharine Phillips ... Herself - Resident of Mobile, Alabama
Sidney Phillips Sidney Phillips ... Himself - Resident of Mobile, Alabama
Maurice Bell Maurice Bell ... Himself - Resident of Mobile, Alabama
Olga Ciarlo Olga Ciarlo ... Herself - Sister of Sister of Corado Ciarlo
Daniel Inouye Daniel Inouye ... Himself - Resident of Hawaii
Asako Tokuno Asako Tokuno ... Herself - Resident of Sacramento, California
Robert Kashiwagi Robert Kashiwagi ... Himself - Resdent of Sacramento, California
Tim Tokuno Tim Tokuno ... Himself - Resident of Sacramento, California
Tom Ciarlo Tom Ciarlo ... Himself - Resident of Waterbuty, Connecticut
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Americans are shocked by terrible losses on the Pacific atoll of Tarawa, while in Italy Allied forces are stalled for months at Monte Cassino and a risky landing at Anzio fails utterly. At home, as overcrowded "war towns" boom, economic transformation leads to confrontation and ugly racial violence. Written by Anonymous

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TV-14
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Release Date:

25 September 2007 (USA) See more »

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Florentine Films,WETA See more »
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Connections

Features With the Marines at Tarawa (1944) See more »

Soundtracks

Passacaglia - The Death of Falstaff from 'Henry V'
by William Walton
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Sad Stories From Italy
22 October 2007 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

The most memorable segment to me in this third of "The War" series, remembering World War II, is the death of "Babe" and the incredible sadness of picturing the grief his mom and family went through. No matter how bad the fighting was in Italy - and it was horrible for the Allies for a long time - "Babe" never let on his letters back home, always was upbeat and positive. What an inspiring story!

That's the second most memorable thing about this third episode: how badly things went for the Americans in Italy, the losses that were taken at Anzio and other places, and then the stupidity of Gen. Mark Clark who could have really wiped out the Nazis in Italy and instead made a stupid move. However, finally good progress was made right before "D-Day" (which I assume will be covered in great length in the next part.)

Other powerful stories included the riots in Mobile, Alabama and the battle of Tarawa and the showing of that footage in theaters in 1943 (the first time Americans had seen some brutal war film).

This was a strong two hours of movie-making.


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