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Five Came Back 

The wartime contributions of five prominent Hollywood film directors during World War II are profiled.
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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Francis Ford Coppola ...  Himself - Filmmaker 3 episodes, 2017
Guillermo del Toro ...  Himself - Filmmaker 3 episodes, 2017
Paul Greengrass ...  Himself - Filmmaker 3 episodes, 2017
Lawrence Kasdan ...  Himself - Filmmaker / ... 3 episodes, 2017
Steven Spielberg ...  Himself - Filmmaker 3 episodes, 2017
Meryl Streep ...  Narrator 3 episodes, 2017
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Five present-day directors discuss five wartime directors who voluntarily joined WW2 in order to film it: William Wyler (presented by Steven Spielberg), Frank Capra (Guillermo del Toro), George Stevens (Laurence Kasdan), John Ford (Paul Greengrass) and John Huston (Francis Ford Coppola). Narrated by Meryl Streep and written by Mark Harris (adapted from his 2015 book Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War). Written by kiran gill

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They Showed the War to the World.


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31 March 2017 (USA) See more »

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Compelling examination of propaganda
10 February 2019 | by shakercoolaSee all my reviews

A documentary about five successful Hollywood film directors who were attached to the American military during second world war to make propaganda films and film reports about conflicts in the theatre of war. While tailor-made for film enthusiasts, it is a fascinating and engrossing three part series with commentary by leading film directors of today who contribute useful insight and knowledge about their lives. The importance of film units are highlighted to show their undeniable critical importance to the nation's appreciation of what is happening thousands of miles from home. "Five Came Back" is also a celebration of the talents and dignity of the likes of Capra, Stevens, Huston, Ford and Whiler.


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