The wartime contributions of five prominent Hollywood film directors during World War II are profiled.
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Series cast summary:
Francis Ford Coppola ...  Himself 3 episodes, 2017
Guillermo del Toro ...  Himself 3 episodes, 2017
Paul Greengrass ...  Himself 3 episodes, 2017
Lawrence Kasdan ...  Himself 3 episodes, 2017
Steven Spielberg ...  Himself 3 episodes, 2017
Meryl Streep ...  Narrator 3 episodes, 2017


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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Cinco que Voltaram See more »

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The 'Five' refers to John Huston, John Ford, Frank Capra, William Wyler and George Stevens. See more »

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A most awesome and important series!
2 April 2017 | by tom-783-259546See all my reviews

Today I binged watched this magnificent documentary, after becoming intrigued with interviews of the writer, Mark Harris, and one of the narrators, Steven Spielberg (who's production company - Amblin TV) also produced it, on NPR's "Fresh Air" with Terry Gross and David Bianculli.

The five directors chronicled, Frank Capra, George Stevens, John Ford, John Huston, and William Wyler, all of which have been among the most highly regarded and influential directors, in this lifelong student of films, memory.

Talk about the greatest generation, I can not recall being so moved by their stories of their participation in WWII, since the last time I watched one of their fine films. I have so much more appreciation of those films, knowing now what I have learned from this series!

Thank you Mr. Spielberg, for bringing this to the world, in your ongoing efforts to tell the story of how this war has changed the course of human history. My hope is that this documentary, now available on Netflix, will be viewed by millions, and help to remind us, and inform others, of what America was once all about. I really think that this important and Oscar-worthy series, should be required viewing in our educational institutions.

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