The War Collection

  |  Buy to Own: 08/08/2005
  |  1367 min
Rated TBC by the BBFC


Collection of ten popular war movies. In 'Twelve O'Clock High' (1949) Colonel Keith Davenport (Gary Merrill) is more of a friend than a commander to his men, a US bomber crew stationed in wartime Britain. After a series of dangerous missions, the pilots are living on their nerves and when Davenport is replaced by the callous General Savage (Gregory Peck), the latter's attempts to whip the crew into shape result in a deluge of requests for transfers. However, young Lieutenent Bishop (Robert Patten) rallies his fellow pilots, and soon they and Savage begin to develop a mutual respect. 'Behind Enemy Lines' (2001) was inspired by the story of Scott O'Grady, the US fighter pilot who was shot down over Bosnia in 1995 and managed to find his way back to base without being captured. After photographing some Bosnian Serb troops hidden in a forest, Lieutenant Chris Burnett (Owen Wilson) and his co-pilot Stackhouse (Gabriel Macht) are shot down by an anti-aircraft missile. Stackhouse breaks his leg in the crash, and Burnett goes off to get help, but the Serbs soon locate Stackhouse and execute him. Burnett now finds himself alone in hostile country and sets out on the long and dangerous journey back to safety. Meanwhile, his commanding officer (Gene Hackman), against all army and NATO rules, sets out on a mission to locate and rescue Burnett. In 'Courage Under Fire' (1996) Lieutenant Colonel Nat Serling (Denzel Washington), suffering from guilt after destroying one of his own tanks in a friendly fire incident during the Gulf War, is assigned to investigate the death of Captain Karen Walden (Meg Ryan). Walden died in action, but accounts of her actions vary and so Serling has to discover the truth before she can be posthumously awarded the Medal of Honour. At the same time he has to come to terms with his own traumatic experiences in the Gulf. 'Enemy at The Gates' (2001) is set in Stalingrad in 1942. Political Officer Danilov (Joseph Fiennes) sees young army recruit Vassili Zaitsev (Jude Law) in action and realises that he is just what the Russian people need to inspire them in their fight against the German Army. Zaitsev is a natural with a rifle, and Danilov arranges for him to be transferred to a sniper unit, where his actions will be publicised, thus making him into a national hero. But Zaitsev soon begins to feel he cannot live up to Danilov's expectations, and to make matters worse, he and Danilov both fall for the same girl (Rachel Weisz). Meanwhile, the Germans find out about Zaitsev and bring in their own top sniper, Konig (Ed Harris), to engage the young Russian in a deadly battle of wits. In 'Von Ryan's Express' (1965), when US pilot Colonel Joseph Ryan (Frank Sinatra) is shot down and placed in a German POW camp, he is more concerned with his own survival than escape. The top-ranking officer in the camp, he is initially reviled by his fellow British and American prisoners, who nickname him 'Von Ryan'. However, Ryan eventually comes to lead them in a daring escape attempt, taking over from the commanding British officer (Trevor Howard) and the escapees face many hazards as they commandeer a train to make their way across Italy, closely followed by the Nazis. In 'The Longest Day' (1962) an all-star international cast retells the events of the Allied Landings in Normandy in 1944. Events are seen from various points of view, including the Germans', in an epic and spectacular style. Along with the 43 international stars, the film used 23,000 Allied troops and, despite costing over $10 million to make, it has now become one of the most successful films of its genre. John Wayne, Robert Mitchum and Henry Fonda head the cast. In 'The Thin Red Line' (1964), during World War II, new recruit Private Doll (Keir Dullea) finds himself stationed in Guadalcanal under the leadership of a hardened sergeant (Jack Warden). As he does battle with the Japanese forces, Doll finds himself in continual conflict with his no-nonsense superior, and the ensuing struggle for supremacy places the mission in jeopardy. 'Tigerland' (2000) is set in Louisiana in 1971. When new recruit Jim Paxton (Matthew Davis) arrives at Fort Polk for basic training he soon makes friends with the rebellious Roland Bozz (Colin Farrell), a soldier who is doing everything he can to get himself thrown out of the army. Bozz has plans to escape to Mexico, but Paxton refuses to go with him, arguing that if he doesn't go to Vietnam, then somebody else will have to go in his place. However, when Bozz makes an enemy of his vengeful and sadistic fellow recruit Wilson (Shea Whigham), the need to get out of the army becomes even more pressing. In 'Patton' (1970) the life and times of America's most famous modern general, George Patton (George C. Scott), are recreated in a screen biography which focuses on Patton's controversial exploits during the Second World War, where he eventually gave up command of the Seventh Army after slapping a soldier and accusing him of being a coward. Patton was highly successful in his campaigns over North Africa, Sicily and parts of Europe. Scott won an Oscar for his performance but didn't accept it, and the film won a further six Academy Awards. Finally, 'Tora! Tora! Tora!' (1970) is a film covering Japan's 1941 bombing of Pearl Harbor. Told from the perspective of both the Japanese and the Americans, it draws upon the talents of four different directors - including Richard Fleischer and Kinji Fukasaku - and at a cost of $25 million, was one of the most expensive movies ever made. The film won an Oscar for Best Visual Effects.


Gregory PeckHugh MarloweGary MerrillMillard MitchellDean JaggerRobert ArthurJohn KelloggPaul StewartRobert PattenLee MacGregorOwen WilsonGene HackmanGabriel MachtJoaquim de AlmeidaDavid KeithOlek KrupaVladimir MashkovCharles Malik WhitfieldGeoffrey PiersonLeon RussomMarko IgondaDenzel WashingtonMeg RyanLou Diamond PhillipsMichael MoriartyMatt DamonSeth GilliamBronson PinchotScott GlennRegina TaylorZeljko IvanekJoseph FiennesRachel WeiszBob HoskinsEd HarrisRon PerlmanEva MattesGabriel ThomsonMatthias HabichSophie RoisIvan ShvedovMario BandiHans Martin StierClemens SchickFrank SinatraTrevor HowardRaffaella CarraBrad DexterSergio FantoniJames BrolinAdolfo CeliJohn LeytonEdward MulhareWolfgang PreissVito ScottiJohn WayneRod SteigerRobert MitchumHenry FondaRobert WagnerMel FerrerRichard BurtonSal MineoRoddy McDowallStuart WhitmanCurd JurgensPaul AnkaTommy SandsRichard BeymerSteve ForrestEddie AlbertKenneth MorePeter LawfordSean ConneryRichard ToddMichael MedwinChristopher LeeRichard WattisJeffrey HunterEdmond O'BrienRed ButtonsTom TryonAlexander KnoxRay DantonRon RandellDonald HoustonJohn GregsonLeslie PhillipsIrina DeMichBourvilJean-Louis BarraultChristian MarquandArlettyPaul HartmanGert FrobeEugene DeckersAdrien BrodyJim CaviezelBen ChaplinGeorge ClooneyJohn CusackElias KoteasNick NolteJohn SavageArian AshHaven GastonNick SearcyMichael ShannonAfemo OmilamiJames McDonaldCole HauserColin FarrellClifton Collins JrMatthew DavisShea WhighamGeorge C. ScottKarl MaldenMichael StrongFrank LatimoreJames EdwardsLawrence DobkinMichael BatesStephen YoungTim ConsedineCary LoftinMartin BalsamJoseph CottenWesley AddyLeon AmesEdward AndrewsKinji FukasukiGeorge MacReadyE. G. MarshallToshio MasudaTatsuya MihashiTakahiro TamuraJames WhitmoreSo YamamuraJason RobardsKeir DulleaJack Warden