MGM War Collection

  |  Buy to Own: 06/06/2005
  |  1259 min
Rated TBC by the BBFC


Box-set containing ten popular war movies. In 'Attack' (1956), a group of American soldiers find themselves trapped by the Germans during the Battle of the Bulge. The situation reaches a crisis point when their cowardly and indecisive captain (Eddie Albert) eventually flips into sheer panic. Angry at the lack of proper leadership, the platoon takes matters into its own hands. In '633 Squadron' (1964), the 633 Squadron are sent to Norway to destroy an overhanging cliff which will demolish a bomb factory below run by the German forces. The squadron Wing Commander (Cliff Robertson) must work with the leader of the Norwegian resistance (George Chakiris) towards the common goal of keeping the Nazis in check. In 'The Bridge at Remagen' (1969), the war in Europe is nearly at an end. German troops, led by Major Kreuger (Robert Vaughn), are ordered to blow up the only bridge left leading into the Rhineland to prevent entry by the allies. Meanwhile, American Lieutenant Hartman (George Segal) and his platoon close in on the bridge, hoping to put a swift end to the bloody combat. 'A Bridge Too Far' (1977) is Richard Attenborough's star-studded account of the failed 1944 Arnhem assault. Dirk Bogarde, James Caan, Robert Redford and Sean Connery are among those battling against insurmountable odds - foul weather, bad luck, negligence on the part of intelligence officers - to secure one of the bridges essential to the Allied advance into Germany. Gene Hackman, Michael Caine and Anthony Hopkins also star. In 'The Great Escape' (1963), 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? Bruce Willis stars in 'Hart's War' (2002) as a US officer determined to protect the details of an escape attempt. When racist prisoner and known traitor Sergeant Bedford (Cole Hauser) turns up murdered, suspicion turns to African-American pilot Lieutenant Scott (Terrence Howard). Colonel McNamara (Willis), the officer in charge of US prisoners, requests that Scott be put on trial and orders Lieutenant Hart (Colin Farrell) to stand as his defence counsel. In his subsequent investigations, Hart gradually uncovers new information about the killing, and begins to question McNamara's role in the proceedings. 'Platoon' (1986) is Oliver Stone's award winning film which tells the story of a young innocent 19-year-old soldier, Chris Taylor (Charlie Sheen), who is thrown headfirst into the bloody Vietnam conflict. He is forced to fight not only the Viet Cong, but also his own fears and intense anger. As a result of not being able to make any progress against the enemy, the soldiers, led by the strict and unsympathetic Sergeant Barnes (Tom Berenger), are forced to turn their anger and guns on each other. Barnes also has a personal battle with fellow officer Sergeant Elias (Willem Dafoe), who is the more understanding and compassionate of the two officers and helps Sheen to cope with his personal problems. In 'Windtalkers' (2002), Nicolas Cage takes the starring role in a film about US soldiers fighting in the Pacific during World War Two. Ben Yahzee (Adam Beach) is a Navajo Indian who signs up for the US marines to work as a radio operator in a new military program which uses the Navajo language as the basis for coded transmissions. Sent into action, Yahzee is given battle-weary sergeant Joe Enders (Cage) as a bodyguard, but remains unaware that Enders has been ordered to kill him should he fall into enemy hands. When the two men find themselves caught up in the intense close-quarters combat of the battle of Saipan, they must struggle not only against the enemy, but also to earn each other's trust and respect. In 'The Dogs of War' (1981), Christopher Walken leads a mercenary coup in an impoverished African State, overthrowing an Idi Amin-like dictator. But the takeover has more to do with a lust for power than any ideas of political reform. Finally in 'Under Fire' (1983), three US journalists land in Nicaragua to cover the fall of the Somoza government. When one of the three, Alex Grazier (Gene Hackman), then returns home to become a television anchorman, the way is cleared for news photograper Russell Price (Nick Nolte) to move in on his girl, Claire Stryder (Joanna Cassidy). But in a country caught between the violence of the ruling fascist regime and the rebels' resolute determination to win freedom, Russell and Claire find it difficult to retain their neutrality and soon begin working with the Rebels.