There are so many!
1. The Scene from The Eagle Has Landed when the Germans paras strip off their Polish uniforms to show their German ones underneath. It always struck me how professional they come across in this scene - not to denigrate the Poles, but this group just went from some regular soldiers to real bad asses just by changing clothes.
2. Always when Richard Dreyfus looks at his port engine on his A-26, sees it's on fire, and then does his "hey, John Goodman, look at that! My engine's on fire" nod of his head just before it goes kaboom.
3. A lot of scenes from the Battle of Britain. I always got goose bumps when the Germans think they've sucked all of Britain's fighters from up North down to 11 Group area, and they run an unescorted mission in the North. Suddenly, they are bounced by - Spitfires! There is a wonderful scene when the exhilirating British music starts playing and you see a whole squadron of Spits carving a 90 degree bank turn, showing off those beautiful wings. More than any other plane, the Spit needs to be photographed in a 90 degree bank.
4. Kelly's Heroes? You bet! Coming out of the train tunnel with Working on the Railroad playing on the speakers. Or "I'm just drinking some wine, eating some cheese, and catching some rays." (I'm doing that one from memory - it may be a little out of order).
5. The Devil's Brigade when the Canadian hand-to-hand combat instructor decides to make an example of the obnoxious American soldier in the mess hall - you'd have to see it for this to make any sense.
6. The Dirty Dozen fight scene with the 101 boys in the latrine, Lee Marvin's little speech to Franco in the prison yard at the beginning of movie (smiling while saying "you'll do close order drill or I'll break your neck"), or "Get some special help and get those weapons."
7. The dinner scene in They Were Expendable where the Duke, Donna Reed, Robert Montgomery and some other officers are eating while the sailors are serenading outside. A sad attempt to forget the war and remember the way things were.
8. From Lawrence of Arabia, the scene at the well when Peter O'Toole meets Omar Sharif for the first time: "Good army compass. How if I take it?" "Then you would be a thief!"
9. Any Sean Penn scene from Fast Times at Ridgemont High.
10. The first time Jimmie Stewart flies in the B-36 in Strategic Air Command. What an amazing and yet awkward machine. America at the height of it's power, when it could crank out a new fighter or bomber model almost once a year. Not like today when the airframes are older than the pilots.
11. General Buck Schuck's (George C. Scott) excited and demonstrative description of how good his bomber pilots are: "Well, sir, if the A/C's a really good man, I mean really sharp, why he can barrel that plane along so low - well you just have to see it some time. A real big plane, like a Sting Ray, zig-zagging in, its jet exhaust frying chickens in the barnyard --- (almost feverish with excitement) Has he a chance?.....Hell, yes! He has one hell of a chance." What a performance by Scott!
11. Any scene with Color Sergeant Bourne (?) from Zulu. He's so . . . so . . . English!
And speaking of the English: last, but certainly not least, from A Bridge Too Far:
"We do not have the proper facilities to take you all prisoners. I'm sorry!"
Stunned German replies after a while: "What??"
"I'm terribly sorry, but as much as we'd love to, we cannot accept your surrender! ........ Was there anything else?"
"........This bit we're on now, this is the wide part!"
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