The Consensus 100 Greatest War Movies

May 2011
383
New Iberia, La.
#71
48. In Which We Serve (1942)

SYNOPSIS: In what might be the shortest opening narration the movie opens with "This is the story of a ship". The ship is the HMS Torrin which is sunk during the Battle of Crete fourteen minutes into the movie. Some of the crew, including Capt. Kinross (Noel Coward), take refuge in a lifeboat. The film then settles into a series of flashbacks relating the stories of Kinross, Ordinary Seaman Blake (John Mills), and others. The various flashbacks contrast the lower, middle, and upper class strata on a ship.

BACK-STORY: "In Which We Serve" was released in 1942. The movie was a tour de force for Noel Coward. He produced, directed (with assistance from David Lean), starred, wrote the screenplay, and even helped with the music. He was awarded an honorary Oscar for "outstanding production achievement". It lost Best Picture to "Casablanca". It was also nominated for Original Screenplay. The movie was given full cooperation of the British Ministry of Information. It gave advice on how to do effective propaganda.

TRIVIA: wikipedia, imdb, TCM

1. It was inspired by Captain Lord Louis Mountbatten.Specifically, his captaincy of the HMS Kelly, which was sunk in the Battle of Crete.Mountbatten served as an uncredited technical adviser.He pulled strings to provide sailor extras.The final speech by the fictional captain was based on Mountbatten's speech to his survivors after the sinking and rescue.

2. Coward intended to do all the directing himself, but soon found that it was not his cup of tea and he was not good with action scenes.He swallowed his pride and brought in David Lean (who at the time was a well-respected editor) to do much of the directing and gave him credit.

3. The royal family visited the set and the newsreel coverage was great publicity.

4. The HMS Torrin was played by the Australian destroyer Nepal.

5. It was shown to all Royal Navy recruits as an example of Navy life.

6. Chief Electrician Jock Dymore was killed when he rushed to reshoot a gun turret explosion and it resulted in a premature explosion.

7. Richard Attenborough made his film debut.

8. In America, the Hays Office wanted the movie to cut the words "God", "hell", "damn", and "bastard".British outrage resulted in only bastard being cut.

9. Juliet Mills debuted as the one year-old baby of Shorty Blake.

10. A full size model of the Torrin was built for use in a soundstage.

11. A real JU-88 was used to bomb and strafe the Torrin.The movie had cooperation from all three branches of the British military.

12. The narration was by Leslie Howard, who was uncredited.

13. The cinematography features many wavy, watery transitions known as "oily dissolves".

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OPINION: This is a great movie. I am a big fan and am pleased that it made it on the list. It is often overlooked today, but was a significant movie when released. It is a very British war movie, but was popular in the U.S. It boosted the positive feelings toward our ally. I feel it is better than the similar "The Cruel Sea". It is extremely well-written, not surprising from Coward. The conversations ring true. The people talk like real people, not characters in a movie. The action scenes, filmed by David Lean, are well done. There is an interesting and instructive blend of sailor's lives and the lives of their women. It is especially commendable for not being totally officer-centric. The balance between the officers and the enlisted is a nice touch. It is extremely effective propaganda, but it is subtle.
 
May 2011
383
New Iberia, La.
#72
47. Gallipoli (1981)

SYNOPSIS: Two Aussie buddies join the army in WWI. Archy (Mark Lee) and Frank (Mel Gibson) are shipped to Egypt for the bonding with comrades scenes and then it's off to Turkey for the Gallipoli campaign. They and their mates are stuck in the trenches facing the strong Turkish lines. The movie builds to a suicidal charge across no mans land.

BACK-STORY: "Gallipoli" is a war movie by Peter Weir ("Master and Commander"). It was part of the wave of Australian classics of the 1980s that included "Breaker Morant" and "The Lighthorsemen". Weir was inspired by the story of the ANZAC (Australian - New Zealand Army Corps) contribution to the British effort in the Gallipoli campaign of WWI. Early on the project evolved from a study of the entire campaign to a more personal study set in a brief period of the campaign. It stars Mel Gibson (coming off of "Mad Max" and "Attack Force Z") and a debuting Mark Lee. . It won the Australian equivalent of the Academy Awards for Best Film, Director, Actor (Mel Gibson), Supporting Actor (Bill Hunter), Screenplay, and Cinematography. Mark Lee was nominated for Best Actor.

TRIVIA: wikipedia, imdb, TCM

1. Peter Weir (the director) got the idea from a visit to Gallipoli in 1976.

2. The movie was controversial for making the British command the villain for the suicidal final attack. Weir later said he regretted giving this impression, which was inaccurate. Not only did the British not order the attack, it was actually a diversion for a New Zealand attack, not a British attack.

3. Due to lack of male riders, 200 of the 400 horsemen were female.

4. At $2.8 million, the movie was the most expensive Australian movie up until then.

5. The final image was based on a very famous photo by Robert Capa of a soldier dying in the Spanish Civil War.

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OPINION: "Gallipoli" is well done and was influential on war movies of the eighties. It is fairly accurate, but piles on the British to elicit nods from its core audience which still resents Britain's misuse of the ANZAC. The acting is okay, if a bit over the top. Gibson is a young Mel Gibson, 'nuff said. Lee is a little e bland, but so is his character. It's themes of the loss of innocence and the futility of war are commendable. It is definitely anti-war. It is a buddy picture with some hints of a bromance between Archy and Frank which I feel it's safe to say escaped Gibson's notice when he read the script. I do think some critics have overemphasized the homosexual angle. Although the unrealistic way the cynical Frank runs off to a war because of his friendship with Archy gives ammunition to their argument. Not a bad movie, but not as good as "Breaker Morant" and not worthy of this high on the list.
 
Oct 2018
1,209
Adelaide south Australia
#73
@warmoviebuff .

Good stuff, thanks.

Have heard of The Big Parade, of course, but have not seen it. I'll see what's around.----------Just had a look:. Ebay on DVD $A23 (postage included) Some short clips only on Youtube.

Directed by King Vidor, with John Gilbert. Didn't get much better than that at the time. Gilbert was arguably the best male lead of his time .

Pity he didn't make the transition to sound. The story about him having a high pitched voice is apparently myth. May have been due to his alcoholism, or did that kick in after he had fallen from grace?
 
May 2011
383
New Iberia, La.
#74
46. Stalag 17 (1953)

SYNOPSIS: "Stalag 17" is a WWII prisoner of war movie set in Germany. The members of a barracks are frustrated by an apparent stoolie in their midst. Suspicion naturally turns to a black marketeer (William Holden) who is quite a cynical jerk. Matters come to a head when a heroic new prisoner, who sabotaged a train, needs to escape before Nazi justice ensnares him. How to accomplish this with a traitor involved?

BACK-STORY: “Stalag 17” is considered one of the great WWII POW films. It is sometimes mentioned with “Bridge on the River Kwai” and “The Great Escape” as the triumvirate of top tier POW movies. It was released in 1953. It was based on a stage play by two veterans of Stalag 17B in Austria. Director Billy Wilder reworked the play for the better and got pretty boy William Holden to play the lead even though Holden was unhappy with the cynicism and selfishness of the Sefton character. Holden walked out on the play when he went to see it. Wilder refused to soften the character and Holden went on to win the Oscar for Best Actor. Wilder was nominated, as was Robert Strauss for Best Supporting Actor. The movie was shot in California and the mud was real. Wilder made the interesting decision to shoot the scenes in chronological order to where supposedly some of the main actors did not know who the stoolie was until the end (which sounds like bull crap to me). The movie was a smash hit in America and Europe.

TRIVIA: wikipedia, imdb, TCM, DVD commentary

1. It was based on a Broadway play by Donald Bevan and Edmund Trzcinski.Both were POWs in Stalag 17B in Austria.Bevan had been a tail gunner on a B-17 and was the inspiration for the Sgt. McIlhenny character in “Twelve O’Clock High”.Trzcinski has a cameo in “Stalag 17”.He plays the prisoner who gets the letter from his wife telling of the baby she found.Bevan and Trzcinski sued “Hogan’s Heroes” for plagiarism and settled for an undisclosed amount.

2. Director William Wilder insisted on shooting the scenes in order.The cast and crew did not know who the informant was until a few days before the scene was filmed.Wilder insisted on the script being followed to the word.He especially meant this for William Holden who wanted to humanize Sefton more.Wilder refused.Wilder showed up on set in expensive shoes which he allowed the muddy conditions to ruin so he could show the cast and crew he was with them.Wilder’s mother and stepfather died in a concentration camp.

3. Four members of the play appear in the movie.Robert Strauss (Animal), Harry Lembeck (Shapiro), Robert Shawley (Blondie) and William Pierson (Marko). Strauss was nominated for Best Supporting Actor.He took over for the actor that started the movie, but did not fit the part. Strauss and Lembeck did not get along during the shoot mainly because Lembeck felt Strauss was getting all the laughs.

4. Charlton Heston was considered for Sefton, but Wilder decided he would not fit an unheroic figure.Kirk Douglas turned down the role.He later admitted he made a huge mistake.Holden was not keen on the role.When he went to see the play, he walked out during the first act because he did not like the character.The studio forced him to take the role.He pushed Wilder to make Sefton more sympathetic and Wilder refused.Specifically , Holden wanted Sefton to make a statement about how he hated Nazis.Holden won the Best Actor Oscar, but felt it was make-up for him not winning for “Sunset Boulevard”.He thought Burt Lancaster or Montgomery Clift should have won for “From Here to Eternity”.Holden’s acceptance speech was the shortest by any Best Actor winner.He simply said “Thank you”, but it was because the ceremony was running long.He paid for ads in trade paper to thank all the people he owed.

5. Release was postponed for a year by Paramount because of doubts about the marketability of a WWII prison movie.It was released in 1953 in conjunction with the end of the Korean War and the release of American prisoners.

6. The commandant role, played by famous director Otto Preminger, was not in the play.It was Wilder’s idea to have the commandant put on his boots to call Berlin.

7. The prisoner who sings at the Christmas party was Ross Bagdasarian.He wrote the songs “Witch Doctor” and “Come On-A My House”.He also created the Chipmunks singing group.

8. The opening escape is based on an actual escape from Bevan’s camp.It was not exposed by a mole, it was exposed by the snow on the ground that gave away their tracks.One of the escapees was shot 17 times, but he survived.

9. The play used an overturned stool as the signal.

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OPINION: Although it was not the first WWII prisoner of war film, “Stalag 17” certainly laid a strong foundation for the subgenre. It established some of the templates. Most of the action takes place in the barracks. There is a lot of interaction between “hale fellows well met”. Comic relief is thrown in. The men try to make the best of their difficult conditions. “Stalag 17” is not typical in its mystery subplot and the fact that it is not predominately about an escape attempt. I can think of no other POW movie that includes humor, suspense, mystery, and a dislikable central character. The main strength of the film is the acting. Holden is great as possibly the first anti-hero in an American WWII movie, POW or otherwise. In fact, Wilder works wonders with the cast. It was genius and gutsy to cast Otto Preminger as the commandant. Preminger was legendary for treating actors like Von Scherbach treats the prisoners. Graves is appropriately hissable as the villain, although it is obvious to everyone (except the actors supposedly) that he is the bad guy early on. Strauss did not deserve an Oscar nod, but he and Lembeck do have some humorous moments. The movie is famous (and has been criticized) for its broad humor. I have to admit much of it is silly, but there are some truly funny lines. The movie is technically sound. Wilder’s cinematography gives the movie a dynamism that overcomes the static nature of the barracks. Many of the shots have depth to them. The set is nicely authentic looking. The barracks has nice touches like pin-ups, laundry hanging, and graffiti carved into the bunks. The score is used sparingly and not to force a mood on the audience.
 
May 2011
383
New Iberia, La.
#75
45. Sergeant York (1941)

SYNOPSIS: "Sergeant York" is a biopic about the most decorated American soldier of WWI. The movie covers his wild and wooly teenage hillbilly days, his religious conversion, his attempt to attain conscientious objector status, and his exploits on the Western Front. It’s big set piece reenacts York’s (Gary Cooper) Medal of Honor winning exploit.

BACK-STORY: “Sergeant York” is one of the great American classic war movies. It was directed by Howard Hawks (“Air Force”, the original “Dawn Patrol”) and starred the biggest Hollywood star of that time – Gary Cooper. It was the first major American biopic that told the story of a living person. The desire to avoid law suits and controversy led to great efforts by the studio to keep the film accurate and authentic. Of course, the main effort was to keep Alvin York happy. York (true to his portrayal at the end of the movie) was not interested in taking advantage of his fame. However, persistence on the part of producer Jesse Lasky eventually wore York down. York drove a hard bargain and insisted on veto power over the screenplay and would accept only Cooper playing him. The movie was a huge success and was the highest grossing film of 1941. (The studio insisted on the outrageously high ticket price of $2.20!) The movie was also critically acclaimed and garnered eleven Academy Award nominations, winning for Best Actor (Cooper over Welles in “Citizen Kane”) and editing.

TRIVIA: wikipedia, imdb, TCM

1. It is based on York’s diary.It took five writers to do the screenplay. One was John Huston.

2. York did not want the movie made because he did not want the added fame.He agreed after producer Jesse Lansky convinced him to do it, but York insisted on three things.1.His profits be put into the creation of a Bible school.2.His wife had to be portrayed by an actress that did not smoke and had no “oomph” (aimed at Ann Sheridan)Jane Russell was considered!They settled on the wholesome sixteen year old Joan Leslie.3.Only Gary Cooper could portray him.
Lansky sent a telegram to Cooper and signed it York.

3. Cooper won the Best Actor Oscar and the film also won for Editing.It was nominated for Picture (losing to “How Green Was My Valley”), Director (Howard Hawks), Supporting Actor (Walter Brennan), and Supporting Actress (Margaret Wycherly).It was Brennan’s only loss in his four nominations for Best Supporting Actor.It was also nominated for Original Screenplay, Art Direction,Cinematography, Sound Recording, and Music (Max Steiner).

4. It is #57 on AFIs list of greatest movies.York is #35 on the list of heroes.

5. It was the highest grossing movie of 1941 and one of the highest grossing movies of all time if you adjust for inflation.It was often reshown in theaters during the war either to replace flops or in conjunction with bond sales or scrap drives.

6. York visited the set several times.The first time was so overcome when a crew member asked him how many Germans he had killed.York began to sob and then threw up.Later, York insisted that the man not be fired.

7. It was Gary Cooper’s favorite film. He considered it his contribution to the war since he was too old to serve.

8. York was actually a corporal at the time of his Medal of Honor exploit.

9. Incredibly, the movie reverses the most famous moment in the Medal of Honor action.York actually shot the charging Germans from last to first (like he learned from turkey hunting days).

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OPINION: “Sergeant York” could not have been much better considering when it was made. It is definitely in the top rank of black and white war films. It is technically masterful. The sets are obviously painstakingly prepared. The no man’s land set was constructed by 300 workers and entailed the use of five tons of dynamite and the defoliating of 400 trees. The indoor sets are particularly commendatory. Look around the rooms for the little details on the walls. The lighting is often mentioned by critics. The score by Max Steiner makes use of patriotic songs, folk tunes, and hymns. The acting is a strength. Cooper is at his best and said it was his favorite role (ironically, he was reluctant to play it). He is a master of underacting. The screenplay is a marvel of achieved themes. The film can be viewed as two parts. The first part takes York from disdain for religion to Bible-thumping . In general, the dynamic is between the religious people (exemplified by Mrs. York and the Pastor) and the hell-raisers (York and his compadres). The second half has him make the shift from fundamental belief in the Old Testament to love of country, duty, and honor.
Does “Sergeant York” belong in the top fifty? It depends on how you define “greatest”. If you read it as “most important”, then you can make a case for it. It’s effect went beyond simple entertainment. It is a very entertaining film, but it also tells an important tale of a warrior that deserved the coverage (similar to Audie Murphy’s “To Hell and Back”). More significantly, it played a role in American intervention in WWII. The most popular film of 1941 encouraged Americans to see the positive aspects of involvement in the world conflict. The attack on Pearl Harbor seemed to confirm that theme.
 
Oct 2018
1,209
Adelaide south Australia
#76
I remember my dad telling me about Sgt York, when it was scheduled on TV. I liked it, a lot. Dad was very disappointed, calling it 'American rubbish".--- My dad came home from WW2 with a strong prejudice against all thing American .I gathered that was the result of his experience with Americans during the war.Perhaps not an objective opinion.

I've seen it as an adult, and tend to agree with dad. Many American (and British) films made during WW2 have a fairly simplistic sentimentality. Necessary at the time | guess, but it means they don't age well. OR it could just be that I've become more cynical and misanthropic as I've aged:cool:

Sorry, can't agree with Sgt York on the list.
 
May 2011
383
New Iberia, La.
#77
44. Wings (1927)

SYNOPSIS: "Wings" is the granddaddy of all aerial combat movies. It is the tale of two Americans (Charles Rogers, Richard Arlen) who go off to the Western Front to become pilots. They start off enemies, but that changes. They are joined by the girl next door (Clara Bow) for a romantic subplot. There is plenty of aerial derring do.

BACK-STORY: "Wings" was a movie that was loaded with firsts. First aerial combat movie. First male kiss. First Best Picture (and the only silent movie until "The Artist"). It set the template for future air combat movies. The director was William "Wild Bill" Wellman ("Beau Geste", "The Story of G.I. Joe", "Battleground") who had been a pilot with the Lafayette Escadrille in WWI. Sadly, he is one of the few directors who were not even nominated for his Best Picture efforts. The movie was filmed at Kelly Field in San Antonio with full cooperation of the U.S. military. The planes provided were mainly Thomas-Morse MB-3s and Curtiss PW-8s. The German fighters were played by Curtiss P-1 Hawks. One stunt flier broke his neck in a crash and another was a fatality.

TRIVIA: wikipedia, imdb, TCM

1. It was filmed at Kelly Field in San Antonio, Texas.

2. Director William Wellman had been in the Lafayette Flying Corps in WWI. He flew Nieuport 24's and chalked up three confirmed kills and five probables. He was shot down and had a permanent limp from the incident. He was awarded the French Croix de Guerre. His wife and daughter played the mother and daughter of the farmhouse where the crash occurs. Wellman himself has a cameo as a doughboy and has the line: "Atta boy!Them buzzards are good after all!" Wellman was notoriously anti-infantry.

3. The Battle of St. Mihiel took ten days of rehearsing. The Pentagon provided 3,500 soldiers and five tanks. It also cooperated with over 100 planes for the production.300 pilots were used. An Army Air Corps pilot was killed in a crash during the production.

4. The entire score was written, composed, and recorded on a Wurlitzer Pipe Organ.

5. It won the first Oscar for Best Picture (called Best Production back then) and was the only silent movie to win until "The Artist". It also won for Engineering Effects.

6. The script was adjusted for Clara Bow. She did not like the movie. She complained that her uniform did not show off her curves enough. She does flash a bit of nudity, but you have to be very good at pausing. She had recently gotten engaged, but that did not stop her from having an affair with Gary Cooper during the production.

7. Cooper was launched to stardom by his small role. He was distraught with his performance and went to Wyler to ask for a reshoot because he had picked his nose in the scene. Wyler told him to keep picking his nose because he was going to be a star.

8. Main actors Buddy Rogers and Richard Arlen are actually flying their planes for closeups. Their kiss was one of the first male kisses in film history.

9. It has one of the earliest product placements - Hershey's Chocolate Bar.

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OPINION: "Wings" probably deserved the Best Picture award. It is epic in scale and execution. Wellman had access to 60 planes and 3,500 extras. He also had a bevy of intrepid stunt men who were willing to risk life and limb to depict the thrills of air combat. The acrobatics of the doomed planes are particularly impressive. In this film even the planes ham it up. The acting is problematical. Clara Bow dominates when she is on screen. I know our perceptions of what is hot has changed greatly from the 1920s, but she has "it" even in today's climate. Rogers and Arlen give typical silent movie over-emoting performances. The movie is melodramatic and patriotic, especially in the title cards, but not overly propagandistic. It does not demonize the enemy. The movie is justifiably famous for its aerial sequences. They are among the best from that era. Better than most, but not superior to "Hell's Angels" (which was greatly influenced by it). Amazingly, the trench sequences are actually stronger than the air combat and they get much more coverage than in similar films. In conclusion, it is certainly a very important film, but it is not worthy of being in the top 50 war movies.
 
Oct 2018
1,209
Adelaide south Australia
#78
Had heard of this film of course ,but have never seen it.

Didn't it win the first best picture Oscar?

I'll see if I can get hold of a copy:

Youtube ;a lot of clips, including a very tasteful nude scene with Clara Bow, but not the full movie.

Ebay; $A9.99 including postage

Streamed; I found a source, but v old and slow. May buy the DVd
 
May 2011
383
New Iberia, La.
#79
43. Last of the Mohicans (1992)

SYNOPSIS: A modern interpretation of the James Fenimore Cooper classic. Hawkeye (Daniel Day-Lewis) and his two Mohican pals attempt to protect two English lasses from the villainous Magua (Wes Studi). Throw in the siege of Fort William Henry during the French and Indian War.

BACKSTORY: “The Last of the Mohicans” was released in 1992. It was the first big budget feature from director Michael Mann. It was very loosely based on the John Fennimore Cooper novel, but actually is closer to the 1936 Randolph Scott film. The movie is set in 1757, three years into the French and Indian War. Although the action takes place in upstate New York, it was actually filmed mostly in North Carolina. The production used 1,000 Native American actors and extras. Mann had a 20 acre frontier farm, a Huron village, and a replica of a British fort built. The director’s obsessive quest for authenticity was matched by his star Daniel Day-Lewis who completely immersed himself in his role. Part of his preparation involved a “colonial boot camp” experience in the backwoods. Mann used a respected authority named Mark Baker to vet the film. Baker is an expert on frontier life, Indians, and weaponry. Mann provided him with a copy of the script and in most cases made changes suggested by Baker. The movie was a box office success and critically acclaimed. It was awarded an Oscar for Sound.

TRIVIA: wikipedia, imdb, TCM

1. It relies more on the 1936 version than the book.Thank God!

2. The Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina stood in for the Adirondacks.

3. Daniel Day-Lewis lived in the wilderness for several weeks to prepare for his role.He got into the role so much that after the shoot he suffered from claustrophobia and mild hallucinations.

4. Randy Edelman finished the score because Trevor Jones had another commitment and there may have been some artistic differences between Jones and director Michael Mann.

5. Recreation of Fort William Henry cost $6 million.

6. The film used hundreds of Native American extras, mostly Iroquois.

7. Russell Means was making his film debut.He was famous for being a leader of the American Indian Movement and participated in the Wounded Knee occupation.

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OPINION: This is a magnificent movie. It combines an interesting plot with great acting and a real concern for historical accuracy. Kudos to Michael Mann for getting the little details right. Let’s face it, even war movie nuts do not care if the moccasins are circa 1757. However, when a director insists on accuracy down to the ground and cares if anyone will notice, you get a better movie for purists. Also commendatory was the tampering with the plot of the novel. I admit I get upset when a nonfiction source is changed to Hollywoodize a movie, but I do not think it is hypocritical to endorse what Mann and the screenwriters have done. Especially since most literary critics are not big fans of the novel. As long as you get the historical facts mostly right, why not make the tale better? The movie also looks good. The scenery is breathtaking. Parts of North Carolina really do look like the frontier of colonial America. The score is perfect. So here we have a movie with great acting, a moving score, realistic sound, romance, action, suspense, violence, and historical accuracy. I would rank it higher, but I think #43 is fair.
 
Oct 2018
1,209
Adelaide south Australia
#80
Yes, a terrific movie. Daniel Day Lewis is one of the best actors of his generation in my opinion. Russell means was also terrific. --and so is Wes Studi, always a totally believable villian . Of course, the characters he plays can also be seen as victims. I think his character in 'Dances With Wolves' is a tragic figure.
 

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