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eraserhead_99
03-19-2003, 07:22 PM
I'd say platoon.

APzombie
03-19-2003, 08:05 PM
platoon is a great one.

I have to go with Saving Private Ryan.

VicVega
03-19-2003, 08:06 PM
Without a doubt, PLATOON.

Scarface98.9
03-19-2003, 08:40 PM
I'd say All Quiet on the Western Front (not the B&W version, a British mini-series from the late 70's). It really showed how gritty and difficult life was for WW1 soldiers

MickeyKnox
03-19-2003, 09:04 PM
Platoon-10/10 (this is as close as we get to the grunts in the movies)

quoth_the_raven
03-20-2003, 05:06 AM
well everyone else has my answer...

platoon.

Dietrich
03-20-2003, 10:13 AM
Because this movie focuses a lot from the Charlie Sheen charactre, I'd have to say Platoon , like everybody else that has posted till now..:rolleyes:

cky_landspeed
03-20-2003, 12:23 PM
It's definate, Platoon.

Cyclonus
03-20-2003, 02:08 PM
Platoon
Saving Private Ryan

QUENTIN
03-20-2003, 02:25 PM
I'd like to see what Grebdron thinks, seeing as how he was a real soldier who has seen action... I'm willing to bet it's Ed Wood though...

Ed Wood: I'm all man. I even fought in World War II. Of course, I was wearing women's undergarments under my uniform.

Grebdron
03-20-2003, 04:03 PM
Platoon was very accurate in depicting the life of a VIETNAM grunt. But most wars aren't like Vietnam.

The dialogue and conflict footage in Saving Private Ryan was unmatched. Perfect. The whole feel that Spielberg captured was dead-on.

Oh, and even though I didn't like the movie, Blackhawk Down captured the "feel" of combat pretty accurately.

And, the basic training sequence in Full Metal Jacket was dead on, at least for my basic.

The "life of a soldier" is much more mundane than one might think. Unless you're in combat, it's nothing but routine.

Buck Turgidson
03-20-2003, 08:03 PM
Originally posted by Grebdron
Unless you're in combat, it's nothing but routine.

"Hurry up and wait". Do they still say that?

bowieee
03-20-2003, 08:45 PM
I have to go with the whole series Band of Brothers.

Sugar Magnolia
03-20-2003, 10:13 PM
I couldn't really say. Like QUENTIN* said, Greb is the expert on actual combat around here so I'd have to agree with him on Platoon, Saving Private Ryan, Black Hawk Down and Full Metal Jacket.










*Quent also said Greb probably wore women's undergarments in combat which I wouldn't doubt. ;)

johnny2blades
03-21-2003, 12:44 AM
Let's not forget Born on the Fourth. I HATED Cruise until I saw this and realized he had acting chops!

Jasonite
03-21-2003, 03:01 AM
I'd have to say All Quiet on the Western Front, the original '30 film. I just saw this recently, and I have to say I don't think I've ever seen a better film about war. This film was unbelievable, riveting, and way ahead of its time.



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Strider
03-21-2003, 03:50 AM
It's a tie between "Platoon" and "Saving Private Ryan" for me... it's too hard of a decision to just pick one. Both are excellent films!

Strider

Grebdron
03-21-2003, 12:52 PM
Originally posted by Sugar Magnolia
*Quent also said Greb probably wore women's undergarments in combat which I wouldn't doubt. ;)

It was army issue ladies undergarments. Part of the uniform.

That's my story, and I'm sticking to it.

Cyclonus
03-23-2003, 02:32 PM
Originally posted by Grebdron
Oh, and even though I didn't like the movie, Blackhawk Down captured the "feel" of combat pretty accurately.


This raises an interesting point. Just because a war film is factually accurate doesn't automatically make it a good movie. For example, Hamburger Hill was very realistic--some say it is even more so than Platoon--but as a motion picture, it simply is not any better than average. Too little, too late.

A counterexample: Apocalypse Now is not a realistic depiction of Vietnam, nor has it ever claimed to be. It is a metaphorical film, which is a perfectly ligitimate art form.

Scarface98.9
03-23-2003, 02:57 PM
Originally posted by Grebdron

The "life of a soldier" is much more mundane than one might think. Unless you're in combat, it's nothing but routine.
It sounds like Three Kings was pretty accurate then