War Movie Miscellany

May 2011
New Iberia, La.
QUOTE - "We haven't the proper facilities to take you all prisoner! Sorry! ... We'd like to, but we can't accept your surrender! Was there anything else?" - Major Harry Carlyle, A Bridge Too Far.



Jan 2018
San Antonio
Guns of Navarone ???. Only joking, must be They Died With Their Boots On:

Yes, that and the Cecil B DeMille picture The Plainsman (in which Gary Cooper is woefully miscast as Wild Bill).

Quinn was DeMille's son in law.
May 2011
New Iberia, La.

“Defiance” is an Edward Zwick (“Glory”) film that was released in 2008. Zwick was inspired by an obituary for Zus Bielski. He based the screenplay on Nechama Tec’s Defiance: The Bielski Partisans. The movie was made in Lithuania in a forest about a hundred miles from the location in Belarus where the Bielskis actually conducted their operations. The movie was a modest success. It received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Score by James Newton Howard.

in the movie, three Jewish brothers (Daniel Craig, Liev Schriber, and Jamie Bell) take to the forest to get revenge against the Germans. They are soon joined by Jewish refugees which complicates their simple strategy of ambushing Germans. The Jews set up a community in the forest and try to survive, but the Nazis are hunting them.

The movie is relatively accurate in bringing recognition to a little-known Holocaust tale. The acting is very good and there are some strong female characters. There are some good action scenes, but the movie is more of a character study and an inspirational story of survival. If you want a Holocaust movie where the Jews fight back, this might be your cup of tea.



Ad Honorem
Dec 2011
Late Cretaceous
Many of the actors in this scene were genuine refugees, lending emotional power to the movie.

The movie received its' premiere in New York in November 1942, the same month as the Allied landings in North Africa:

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