During the Napoleonic Wars, a British frigate, HMS Surprise, and a much larger French warship, the Acheron, with greater fire
power, stalk each other off of the coast of South America. Russell Crowe brings great intensity to the role of Captain Jack
Aubrey. Lucky Jack, as he is referred to by his crew, is well regarded by his men, who trust him implicitly, even after the first
devastating battle and an apparent personal vendetta against the French captain. While the naval battle sequences are quite
fantastic, the film is successful because director Weir chose to build the story to get to know the men who are locked aboard
the tight quarters of a small ship and how they interact everyday. The officers and the mates are well-known by the time the
final battle comes. Paul Bettany offers a strong performance as the surgeon and naturalist who balances the violence of his
chosen life with the quiet demeanor of the scientist. He is the captain's friend and confidant, the two frequently playing violin
and cello duets together. The horrors of the injuries from the war are frequently implied, but vividly depicted in the reactions of
In the 1870s, Captain Nathan Algren, a cynical veteran of the American Civil war who will work for anyone, is hired by
Americans who want lucrative contracts with the Emperor of Japan to train the peasant conscripts for the first standing imperial
army in modern warfare using firearms. The imperial Omura cabinet's first priority is to repress a rebellion of traditionalist
Samurai -hereditary warriors- who remain devoted to the sacred dynasty but reject the Westernizing policy and even refuse
firearms. Yet when his ill-prepared superior force sets out too soon, their panic allows the sword-wielding samurai to crush
them. Badly wounded Algren's courageous stand makes the samurai leader Katsumoto spare his life; once nursed to health
he learns to know and respect the old Japanese way, and participates as advisor in Katsumoto's failed attempt to save the
Bushido tradition, but Omura gets repressive laws enacted- he must now choose to honor his loyalty to one of the embittered
sides when the conflict returns to the battlefield...
Shortly before the end of World War II, young, bright-eyed, First-Lieutenant Thomas Hart, a third-generation desk-warrior, is
stationed in an office miles away from any fighting. He meets the war only by accident and is taken prisoner. During
interrogation, Hart faces a test of honor, courage, and sacrifice he had not prepared for. Surviving the interrogation, the
horrified Hart witnesses courage and honor in the acts of his fellow-prisoners, who save him from certain death by sacrificing
their belongings and even their own lives. At the POW camp, Hart learns that courage, sacrifice, and honor are much harder
to find, as men become embittered in their captivity. Instead, fraternization, opportunism, and racism abound,
ever-encouraged by the murderous Nazis, lead by a grounded Luftwaffe colonel; and mostly tolerated by the senior-ranking
American colonel, in spite of his being a 4th-generation military offcer. Col. McNamara, mostly indifferent to the goings-on of
his Americans, defiantly draws the line at racism, saluting even the Russian "Untermenschen" in the neighboring compound.
But this line becomes much less distinct as two downed African-American pilots join him in the American compound.
Set in 1884 Sudan, this fifth film to be adapted from the A.E.W. Mason novel follows a British officer who resigns his post right
before his regiment ships out to battle the rebels. Perceiving his resignation as cowardice, his friends and fiancée give him
four white feathers, the symbol of cowardice, but little do they know he's actually going undercover and plans to redeem his
Based on a true story its the untold story of Italian World War II POW"S in Jan 1946. Luca Zingaretti stars as one of over
50,000 Italian Prisoners of War detained at POW camps in the U.S. Roy Schneider stars as Colonel Gartner, the Commander
of the camp. Things take a turn for the worse when Manin is brought back from his most recent escape by a patrol force, only
to realize that the camp has been evacuated while he was gone. Gartner is forced to keep Manin at the camp until another
patrol force can come pick him up. However, no one ever comes. The phone lines get cut, and the two men realize they are
completely isolated from the outside world.
The story of the rise and fall of the Roman Emperor Gaius Julius Caesar, born July 13, 100 B.C., and starting his career as a
young Roman with visions of greatness for the Eternal City. When Sulla conquers Rome with his troops, Caesar is one of
the very few to stand up against the despotic dictator. This impresses Pompeius, Sulla's general, and he protects the young
man, who is a nephew of Marius, a well known veteran, against the wrath of Sulla. After Sulla's death, Caesar returns from
exile and starts his political career. Caesar's daughter Julia marries general and senator Pompeius, and Caesar takes
Pompeius' troops in order to simply safeguard the borders to Gaul, but instead conquers the whole country. His final victory
takes place at the fortress of Alesia, where the Germanic troops under Vercingetorix capitulate. Back in Rome, Ceasar is not
trusted anymore, since the troops are loyal to him alone and it is feared by Pompeius and Cato that he will use the troops to
conquer Rome and declare himself King, including the establishing of a inheritbale right to the throne. Instead, Caesar does
none of that and sets off to Egypt in order to ensure a constant delivery of agricultural goods to the Roman Empire.
WWII. Joe Enders, a decorated Marine who is by-the-book to a fault, is just coming back on duty (by cheating on his medical
tests). "Ox" Anderson, much greener, is also getting the same new task: Protect the Navajo codetalkers (Ben Yahzee and
Charles Whitehorse, respectively). While Enders is initially frustrated with his assignment, his respect grows as the
codetalkers prove their worth in the brutal battle to take Saipan.
In this cinematic concert, mesmerizing images are plucked from everyday reality, then visually altered with state-of-the-art
digital techniques. The result is a chronicle of the shift from a world organized by the principles of nature to one dominated
by technology, the synthetic and the virtual. Extremes of intimacy and spectacle, tragedy and hope fuse in a tidal wave of
visuals and music, giving rise to a unique, artistic experience that reflects the vision of a brave new globalized world.
The true story of Wladyslaw Szpilman who, in the 1930s, was known as the most accomplished piano player in all of Poland,
if not Europe. At the outbreak of the Second World War, however, Szpilman becomes subject to the anti-Jewish laws imposed
by the conquering Germans. By the start of the 1940s, Szpilman has seen his world go from piano concert halls to the Jewish
Ghetto of Warsaw and then must suffer the tragedy of his family deported to a death camp, while Szpilman is conscripted into
a forced German Labor Compound. At last deciding to escape, Szpilman goes into hiding as a Jewish refugee where he is
witness to the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising in 1943 and the Warsaw City Revolt in August/October 1944.
In a place soon to be known as The Valley of Death, in a small clearing called landing zone X-Ray, Lt. Colonel Hal Moore
(Mel Gibson) and 400 young fathers, husbands, brothers, and sons, all troopers from an elite American combat division,
were surrounded by 4,000 North Vietnamese soldiers. The ensuing battle was one of the most savage in U.S. history. We
Were Soldiers Once...And Young is a tribute to the nobility of those men under fire, their common acts of uncommon valor,
and their loyalty to and love for one another.
Fighter navigator Chris Burnett wants out: he was looking for something more than the boring recon missions he's been
flying. He finds himself flying the lone Christmas day mission over war-torn Bosnia. But when he talks pilot Stackhouse into
flying slightly off-course to check out an interesting target, the two get shot down. Burnett is soon alone, trying to outrun a
pursuing army, while commanding officer Reigert finds his rescue operation hamstrung by politics, forcing Burnett to run far
out of his way.
The idyllic beauty of Greece's Mediterranean coast has been invaded by Italy, bringing legions of soldiers to the once tranquil
island of Cephallonia. Captain Antonio Corelli, an officer with an irrepressibly jovial personality and passion for the mandolin,
initially alienates a number of the villagers, including Pelagia. The daughter of the village doctor, Pelagia is an educated and
strong-willed woman, and while at first offended by the Italian soldier's behavior, she slowly warms to his certain charms as
they are forced to share her father's home. When Pelagia's fiancee, a local fisherman, heads off to war, the friendship between
Antonio and Pelagia grows even stronger. Her beauty and intelligence have captured his heart, and his fondness for the
village's vibrant community causes him to question his reasons for fighting. Antonio becomes a part of the lives of the villagers,
but the moment is fleeting.
After various skirmishes, two wounded soldiers, one Bosnian and one Serb, confront each other in a trench in the no man's
land between their lines. They wait for dark, trading insults and even finding some common ground; sometimes one has the
gun, sometimes the other, sometimes both. Things get complicated when another wounded Bosnian comes to, but can't
move because a bouncing mine is beneath him. The two men cooperate to wave white flags, their lines call the UN (whose
high command tries not to help), an English reporter shows up, a French sergeant shows courage, and the three men in no
man's land may or may not find a way to all get along.
Action/war drama based on the best-selling book detailing a near-disastrous mission in Somalia on October 3, 1993 where
nearly 100 U.S. Army Rangers, commanded by Capt. Mike Steele, were dropped by helicopter deep into the capital city of
Mogadishu to capture two top lieutenants of a Somali warlord which lead to a large and drawn-out firefight between the
Rangers and hundreds of Somali gunmen which led to the destruction of two U.S. Black Hawk helicopters in Mogadishu, and
the heroic efforts by various Rangers to get to them, centering on Sgt. Eversmann, commanding one Ranger unit named
Chalk Four, leading Rangers to the first black hawk crash site, to Warrant Officer Durant who was only survivor of the second
black hawk crash site and whom was captured, to Col. McKnight who leads a rescue convoy for the Rangers only to get lost
within the hostile city, to Sgt. Sanderson desperately trying to get to the first crash site, to Staff Sgt. Yurek who leads two fellow
Rangers, Nelson and Twombly to meet with up their squad, Chalk Four, at the first crash site, to many others involved who
where either killed or survived.
The above summaries do a great job of describing the dynamics of the love triangle that develops between the two pilots that
fall in love with the same nurse. The movie also does a credible job of displaying the war from the American side with FDR
and our side. It also shows the strategy of Japan as they plan for and execute all facets of the attack on Pearl Harbor. While
all details may not be historically correct, I believe that they do the job well - all things considered. Historic events that were
altered were probably done so in an attempt to also make this movie the entertaining epic that it is.
A young girl and her loving father are separated when he goes to America, intending to send for her. Shortly after his
departure, their village goes up in flames, and the girl is forced to go to England, where she takes on the name Suzie, and
finds that although she is misunderstood, tormented, and teased, she has one gift: she can sing. The movie follows Suzie
through the events of her early life, from when she moves to Paris and joins a dancing troupe, to when she meets flirt and
showgirl Lola, to when she falls in love with the gypsy Cesar. In the chaos and mayhem of the beginning of a World War, we
witness Suzie's struggle as she is forced to decide between the love of her past to the new love that she has only just
Colonel Terry Childers is a 30 year career Marine. When he is ordered to go the American Embassy in Yemen, when it's
learned that things there are starting to unravel. After evacuating the Ambassador and his family, Childers orders his men to
fire at the crowd cause he believes that they are armed. Back in the U.S., certain officials fear that there'll be a backlash
against other embassies and Americans, if Childers claim is proven to be true. So they have decided to make Childers a
scapegoat. Childers asks Colonel Hayes Hodges, a man whom he knew and saved in Vietnam to defend him. And while
there is no evidence or witness that can back Childers' claim, Hodges feels that he owes it to Childers to do what he can.
In September 1971, a platoon of recruits arrives in Ft. Polk, LA, for infantry training before leaving for war. The final week
takes place in Tigerland, a swamp similar to Vietnam. Jim Paxton has enlisted; he wants to experience everything and write
books later. He befriends Roland Bozz, a cool Texan with a gift for getting into trouble and for helping misfits get discharges.
At least one sociopath in the platoon hates Bozz, even as the sergeants grudgingly recognize his leadership abilities. As the
platoon heads into its week in Tigerland, Paxton's body gives out, Bozz makes plans to go AWOL, and the sociopath gets
hold of live ammo. Is the Louisiana swamp more dangerous than the DMZ?
The movie takes place in South Carolina in 1776. Benjamin Martin, a French-Indian war hero who is haunted by his past, is a
patriot who wants no part in a war with Britian. Meanwhile, his two eldest sons, Gabriel and Thomas, can't wait to go out and
kill some Redcoats. When South Carolina decides to go to war with Britain, Gabriel immediatly signs up to fight...without his
father's permission. But soon, Colonel Tavington, British solder infamous for his brutal tactiks, captures Gabriel and
sentences him to be hanged. As Gabriel is taken away, Thomas tries to free him, only to be killed by Tavington, in front of
Benjamin. Now, seeking revenge for his son's death, Benjamin leaves behind his 5 other children to bring independence to
the 13 colonies.
In the midst of World War II, the battle below the seas rages. The Nazi's have the upper edge as the Allies are unable to
crack their war codes. That is, until a wrecked U-boat sends out an SOS signal, and the Allies realise this is their chance to
seize the 'enigma coding machine'. But masquerading as Nazi's and taking over the U-boat is the smallest of their
problems. The action really begins when they get stranded on the U-boat.
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