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Drama set during World War I. When the war machines began rolling in the summer of 1914, the devastation that it waged upon German, British, and French troops was palpable. But as the winter winds began to blow and the soldiers sat huddled in their trenches awaiting the generous Christmas care packages sent by the families, the sounds of warfare took a momentary backseat to the yearning for brotherhood among all of mankind. It is here that the fate of a French lieutenant, a Scottish priest, a German tenor, and a Danish soprano's lives were about to be changed forever.
One of the series of American propaganda films commissioned by the US government and directed by Frank Capra to present the Allied case for war to newly enlisted American soldiers. This volume introduces the tactics and structure of the German army, explaining how they were able to achieve so many staggering victories in the early years of the war.
As seen on the BBC, The Gathering Storm is a critically acclaimed, multi-award-winning look at the nation's greatest Briton, Sir Winston Churchill's life, in the years preceding World War II.
The mid-1930's found Churchill out of favour and struggling to make his robust voice heard. Wrestling with his own personal demons - a dark depression, the loss of his family fortune, and the temporary absence of his devoted wife Clemmie - a lonely but defiant Churchill attempts to warn the world of the impending threat from Hitler's Germany.
But will the world listen?
This Academy Award nominated film is set in 1942 and was Terrence Malick's first film for twenty years. As US soldiers land on the island of Guadalcanal, hoping to capture it from the Japanese, the job of venturing into the jungle falls to the 'C for Charlie' company and the troops are faced by both the enemy and struggles within their own camp. The war takes a heavy toll upon the young soldiers, leading them on a path of disillusion and possibly death.
In the aftermath of the Gulf War, US soldiers Major Archie Gates (George Clooney), Sergeant Troy Barlow (Mark Wahlberg), Staff Sergeant Chief Elgin (Ice Cube) and Private Conrad Vig (Spike Jonze) discover an Iraqi map revealing the location of Saddam Hussein's hidden gold bullion. The men set out to appropriate the booty for themselves, but upon arrival at the village where it is buried become involved with the local rebels' battle with Hussein's troops.
Double bill of action adventures set during World War Two, directed by Brian G. Hutton and starring Clint Eastwood. In 'Kelly's Heroes' (1970), a group of soldiers led by Kelly (Eastwood) capture a German general in occupied France. He reveals the location of a bank housing 14,000 bars of Nazi gold, which Kelly and his men set out to steal. The only problem is that the bank lies 30 miles behind enemy lines. In 'Where Eagles Dare' (1968) seven Allied agents are selected to rescue an American general from the impenetrable German fortress Schloss Adler. In charge of the team is British Major Smith (Richard Burton), with American Lieutenant Schaffer (Eastwood) as second in command. Parachuting into the enemy territory in German uniforms, the squad discover one of their number dead on arrival and Smith suspects that he may have a traitor amongst his unit.
War drama in which a US deserter is taken in by a Borneo jungle tribe only to find that the tribe are threatened by his country's enemies as well. Learoyd (Nick Nolte) is sent to fight the Japanese in tough jungle conditions and deserts, only to end up in a POW camp anyway. Narrowly escaping death at the hands of a firing squad, he flees into the Borneo jungle where he is taken in by a tribe of natives called the Dayaks. The Dayaks grow to worship Learoyd due to certain physical characteristics they perceive as holy, and he is anointed king. When a British officer (Nigel Havers) seeks out this 'King' for help in defeating the Japanese, Learoyd remains reluctant to fight. However, as the relationship between the men grows stronger and the Japanese begin to threaten the Dayaks, Learoyd's warlike qualities come to the fore...
Gary Ross directs this war drama inspired by the life of southern farmer Newton Knight, played by Matthew McConaughey. During the Civil War Knight flees from the battlefield after seeing the destruction of war when his son is killed and his wife and daughters are left starving and destitute. Gathering together other deserters, mainly poor farmers, Knight leads a rebellion against the Confederate Army and creates a free state. The cast also includes Keri Russell, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Sean Bridgers.
History Channel documentary exploring the events of the 6th of June 1944, when over 150,000 Allied troops descended on the beaches of Normandy to commence the liberation of Europe. Through a blend of archive footage, interviews with soldiers who were part of the offensive and contributions from war historians, the programme aims to bring to life the events of that day.
Collection of documentaries exploring some of the key events and battles from the First World War. The documentaries included are: 'Concise History of WW1', Battle of the Somme/Gods of War', 'Gallipoli' and 'Anzacs'.
Wartime drama with a musical score by English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams. As Hitler's Blitzkrieg sweeps across the Low Countries in 1940, a squadron of Belgian pilots takes temporary shelter on a Flemish Farm. There, wounded pilot Fernard Matagne (Philip Friend) is nursed by farmer's daughter Trescha (Jane Baxter), and the two fall in love. But their relationship is doomed as Hitler's occupying forces advance and the squadron is ordered to return to England.
Adaptation of Vera Brittain's autobiography. In 1913, Brittain (Alicia Vikander) is set to take up a place reading English at Somerville College, Oxford, but with the outbreak of the Great War and the enlisting of her fiancé (Kit Harrington) and brother Edward (Taron Egerton), she instead opts to sacrifice her studies and become a volunteer nurse, working at the Western Front. Here Brittain witnesses the harsh realities of war first hand, undergoing a series of horrific experiences which will have a lasting influence on her life.
World War Two drama starring Gregory Peck as a Canadian pilot who is struggling to overcome the recent death of his wife in the Blitz. Squadron Leader Bill Forrester (Peck) finds himself marooned in the Burmese jungle with his badly injured navigator (Lyndon Brook) and severely traumatised passenger (Maurice Denham) after being shot down by a Japanese fighter. With the help of beautiful Burmese native Anna (Win Min Than), the trio battle to get out of the remote and hostile jungle alive.
Wartime drama co-written and directed by Vernon Sewell and Gordon Wellesley. During the Nazi's early occupation of Holland, they seize the country's largest shipyard hoping to turn it into a production line for their U-boats. The shipyard's owner, Jaap Van Leyden (Ralph Richardson), is ordered by German enforcer Von Schiffer (Esmond Knight) to collaborate and help with U-boat production. But unbeknown to the Gestapo, Van Leyden is in fact a hero of the local resistance, and sets in motion a covert plan to strike back against the Nazi's production line. Googie Withers co-stars as Jaap's wife Helène.
War drama starring Michael Caine. During World War II Captain Douglas (Caine) is sent to North Africa to lead a small group of mercenaries into the desert to knock out an enemy fuel reserve. However, there is friction between the Captain, veteran Colonel Masters (Nigel Green) and Cyril Leech (Nigel Davenport), head of the hired mercenaries, as they disagree on how to successfully carry out the mission. Things go from bad to worse when they find out that their assignment is a booby-trapped suicide mission, which threatens to end in pointless bloodshed.
World War II action drama starring Lloyd Bridges. Bridges plays Major Jamie Wilson, who must train and then lead his troops in the D-Day invasion of Normandy, with the knowledge that most, if not all, will likely not return. As he is haunted by former missions of a similar nature, matters are made worse for Wilson when he is teamed with a captain who opposes his plans but is tasked with the transportation of the troops. Facing overwhelming odds of survival and battling a Nazi stronghold, will the major's plan be enough to save the lives of his soldiers?
An Academy Award-winning drama about a close-knit army camp in Hawaii before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour. Winner of eight Oscars, including Best Picture. Based on the novel by James Jones
In black & white.
No-holds-barred combat drama written and directed by Peter Berg and starring Mark Wahlberg. The film follows a group of four US Navy SEALs as they are deployed on a mission to kill or capture Ahmed Shahd (Yousuf Azami), a formidable Taliban leader. While working carefully to avoid detection, the team are spotted by a local goat herder and his two sons. Faced with the tough decision between killing them, an act that would be against the Geneva Conventions, and setting them free, which would potentially compromise their cover, the team choose the humane but risky option. But when one of the boys informs the local Taliban of the SEALs' whereabouts it isn't long before the team are engaged in a bloody and ferocious battle. The ensemble cast includes Emile Hirsch, Taylor Kitsch, Ben Foster and Eric Bana.
Classic World War II drama directed by William Wellman, based on the newspaper columns written by war correspondent Ernie Pyle. Burgess Meredith stars as Pyle, who joins an American army unit fighting its way across North Africa. Over time he gets to know the soldiers well, and finds much human interest material for his readers back in the USA. Later, he catches up with the unit in Italy and accompanies it through the battles of San Vittorio and Cassino. Robert Mitchum won an Oscar for his role as the unit's commanding officer Bill Walker.
During World War Two, a collection of hardened Allied prisoners are kept in an 'escape-proof' German camp. Led by the 'Big X' (Richard Attenborough), the men formulate a plan for a mass breakout, digging three tunnels - Tom, Dick and Harry. The team behind the escape includes a near-blind forger of passports (Donald Pleasance), a claustrophobic tunnel-digger (Charles Bronson) and the independent American 'Cooler King' (Steve McQueen). With men like that on their side, how can they fail?
John Krish writes and directs this war drama which was originally only shown to high-ranking military officers. The film depicts the brutality faced by British prisoners of war at the hands of their enemies during the early 1950s Korean conflict.
Wartime drama starring James Cromwell. When Staff Sergeant Kyle Vogel (Jonathan Bennett) is injured in the Iraqi war and placed in hospital to recuperate, an inquisitive nurse asks him why he insists on keeping the piece of shrapnel which has been removed from his leg. At first reluctant to answer her questions, he begins to recount the day he found his grandfather's footlocker full of wartime souvenirs and the resulting stories he was told about a select few of them. A series of flashbacks shows Kyle's grandfather Bud (Cromwell)'s experiences of the Second World War and what led him to collect these souvenirs, mirroring his grandson's own present day understanding of the horrors of combat.
Historical epic based around the 1683 Battle of Vienna which is seen by many as a key event in the development of Western civilisation. The battle began on the eleventh of September and saw the advancing forces of the Ottoman Empire take on those mustered by the Holy Roman Empire and the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth in a bid to defend Vienna. Could the troops commanded by the Holy Roman Emperor Leopold I (Piotr Adamczyk), his advisor Marco d'Aviano (F. Murray Abraham) and the Polish King Jan III Sobieski (Jerzy Skolimowski) repel the attack on Europe?
Wartime docu-drama starring John Mills, Eric Portman and Lionel Jeffries, re-telling the experiences of Allied prisoners-of-war who were held in Colditz Castle. These POWs were strictly monitored as they were a high risk category and had constantly tried to escape whichever prison they where previously placed in. Despite being outnumbered by their guards, the prisoners of Colditz continued to achieve their goal - freedom. The film inspired the 1972 TV series 'Colditz'.
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