Nelson Mandela, in his first term as the South African President, initiates a unique venture to unite the apartheid-torn land: enlist the national rugby team on a mission to win the 1995 Rugby World Cup.
Navy S.E.A.L. sniper Chris Kyle's pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield and turns him into a legend. Back home to his wife and kids after four tours of duty, however, Chris finds that it is the war he can't leave behind.
The island of Iwo Jima stands between the American military force and the home islands of Japan. Therefore the Imperial Japanese Army is desperate to prevent it from falling into American hands and providing a launching point for an invasion of Japan. General Tadamichi Kuribayashi is given command of the forces on the island and sets out to prepare for the imminent attack. General Kuribayashi, however, does not favor the rigid traditional approach recommended by his subordinates, and resentment and resistance fester among his staff. In the lower echelons, a young soldier, Saigo, a poor baker in civilian life, strives with his friends to survive the harsh regime of the Japanese army itself, all the while knowing that a fierce battle looms. When the American invasion begins, both Kuribayashi and Saigo find strength, honor, courage, and horrors beyond imagination.Written by
Jim Beaver <email@example.com>
While there was a lack of respect for General Kuribayashi's leadership among some of his senior subordinates his wise leadership dashed the American's hopes of a quick five-day campaign and turned it into a thirty-six day confrontation. The dissatisfaction among these officers was largely due to their outdated methods and histrionic attitudes. Kuribayashi forbade banzai attacks as a needless waste of manpower and, rather than fighting a pitched and brief battle on the beaches, his choice of digging in and making the Americans work to dislodge his men resulted in greater American casualties and tied down a significant amount of American military resources for weeks longer than expected. See more »
During the rainstorm about 25 minutes into the movie, several soldiers disembark from a plane. The first soldier's clothing is nice and dry before he steps out into the rain but the second two already have wet jackets, suggesting this was not the first take of this scene. See more »
Don't listen to the people who call this movie inaccurate or revisionist history.
The movie is accurate. There were people on both sides of the war who at times showed kindness.
Labeling all the Japanese soldiers as people who tortured POWS would be like saying all American soldiers in Vietnam killed and rape innocent Vietnamese. Or all American soldiers in Cuba tortured POWS from the wars in the Middle East. You can't group people together like that.
This movie shows better than any other film that there's really no good guys or bad guys when it comes to war. War is just pointless.
The movie is not supposed to be a documentary so the people who bash it for little details should go rent a documentary if thats what they want to see.
Also, Clint Eastwood deserves major credit for telling both sides of the war. Too many war movies always show the enemy as "heartless monsters" when it reality its never like that.
This is without a doubt the best movie of the year. Make sure you go see it.
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