world war 2 on film

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With Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk hitting the big screen this month, we pick a few gems that also retell the events of World War II, all available in-store now from £3.

Dunkirk relives the events of the Allied troops surrounded on the French shore awaiting rescue.


Fury

April, 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theatre, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy (Pitt) commands a Sherman tank and her five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines.

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Days Of Glory

WWII drama directed by Rachid Bouchareb, depicting the plight of the North African troops enlisted to fight in the French army between 1943 and 1945. Despite the fact that the four young Arabs around whom the story centres have, in effect, been called up by one colonial oppressor to fight another, they say goodbye to their families in Algeria, Morocco and Senegal and willingly step forward to take up their arms.

But all find themselves shockingly discriminated against by bigots within the French army, and deprived of the few rights and privileges to which new recruits are entitled. Bouchareb’s powerful and persuasive film was instrumental in French prime minister Jacques Chirac’s decision to compensate all North Africans who fought in World War II by unfreezing their pensions.

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Saving Private Ryan

Set in France in 1944 shortly after the Normandy invasion. The story concerns a squad of U.S. Army soldiers on a perilous assignment behind enemy lines. The mission: to risk their lives to save the life of one man, paratrooper James Ryan.

Ryan is the last survivor of a family of four brothers, the rest of whom have been killed in action. The film was nominated for 11 the winner of several Acad emy Awards including Best Director.

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Starlingrad

A depiction of the brutal battle of Stalingrad, the Third Reich’s ‘high water mark’, as seen through the eyes of German officer Hans von Witzland and his battalion.

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The Dirty Dozen

Robert Aldrich directs this classic American war film starring Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine and Charles Bronson. In 1944, 12 death row convicts are selected by Major John Reisman (Marvin) and his commander Major General Sam Worden (Borgnine) for a suicide mission code-named Operation Amnesty. With the aid of his assistant, Sergeant Bowren (Richard Jaeckel), Reisman gradually moulds his gang of murderers, rapists, thieves and psychotics into a tough fighting unit.

He leads them into occupied France in an attempt to infiltrate a chateau where the Nazi top brass are holding a summit. The cast also includes John Cassavetes, Jim Brown, George Kennedy, Ralph Meeker and Robert Ryan.

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Reach For The Sky

The story of Douglas Bader (Kenneth More), the RAF pilot who despite losing both his legs in 1931 went on to fly for his country in the Second World War and become a hero of the Battle of Britain.

He was finally shot down over France and remained a POW for the rest of the war but returned to England to lead a victory flight of 3,000 planes over London.

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The Battle Of Britain

Featuring a stellar cast, including Michael Caine, Trevor Howard, Laurence Olivier, Christopher Plummer, Michael Redgrave, Robert Shaw and Susannah York, Battle Of Britain is a spectacular retelling of a true story that shows courage at its inspiring best.

Few defining moments can change the outcome of war. But when the outnumbered Royal Air Force defied insurmountable odds in engaging the German Luftwaffe, they may well have altered the course of history.

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Dunkirk

Leslie Norman directs this British wartime drama which tells two sides of the Dunkirk story. British Corporal ‘Tubby’ Binns (John Mills) finds himself responsible for getting his men back to Britain from the Dunkirk beaches, after their commanding officer is killed and they become separated from the rest of the Allied Forces.

Meanwhile, civilian reporter Charles Foreman (Bernard Lee) follows the build-up to the eventual evacuation of British and French troops from the beaches of Dunkirk. The cast also includes Richard Attenborough, Robert Urquhart and Ray Jackson.

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The Thin Red Line

This Academy Award nominated film is set in 1942 and was Terrence Malick’s first film for twenty years. As US soldiers land on the island of Guadalcanal, hoping to capture it from the Japanese, the job of venturing into the jungle falls to the ‘C for Charlie’ company and the troops are faced by both the enemy and struggles within their own camp. The war takes a heavy toll upon the young soldiers, leading them on a path of disillusion and possibly death.

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The Guns Of Navarone

Academy Award-winners Gregory Peck (1962, Best Actor, To Kill A Mockingbird), David Niven (1958, Best Actor, Separate Tables), and Anthony Quinn (1952, Best Supporting Actor, Viva Zapata!; 1956, Lust For Life) star as a team of Allied military specialists recruited for a dangerous but imperative mission: to infiltrate a Nazi-occupied fortress and disable two long-range field guns so that 2,000 trapped British soldiers may be rescued.

Faced with an unforgiving sea voyage, hazardous terrain, and the possibility of a traitor among them, the team must overcome the impossible without losing their own lives. Adapted by screenwriter Carl Foreman from Alistair MacLean’s best-selling novel, The Guns Of Navarone was nominated for seven Oscars, including Best Picture, and won for Best Special Effects (1961).

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