From: My Mother, although my Father had some small part.
As kids, sitting down to watch a war classic on our small black and white TV was a big thing chez warspite - particularly on a Sunday evening or at Christmas .
The ones that stood out were probably: Dam Busters, Waterloo, Tora, Tora, Tora, 633 Squadron, Battle of the Bulge, Zulu, Battle of Britain, Operation Daybreak and The Great Escape.
No longer being a kid, and actually understanding something about the war meant that the likes of 633 Squadron and Battle of the Bulge quickly fell off that list. While Cross of Iron, Memphis Belle and A Bridge Too Far replaced them.
Later came the likes of Das Boot, Gallipoli, Downfall, Conspiracy (if that counts) and Schindler’s List – the latter kind of knocked everything else into a cocked hat.
Worst films – I don’t really concentrate on those, largely because I tend to avoid dross by looking at reviews first. Never seen U-571 and never will. Seen bits of the Dany-and-Rafe-go-porking-nurses show, but only to laugh at, and I can’t think of too many others. I did accidently watch Dywizjon 303 thinking it was Hurricane. Now that was pretty bloody awful and 90 minutes I’ll never get back….
Favourite War Films? What have I re-watched – and by that I don’t mean because it’s on telly, but because I actively set out to want to re-watch a film (I guess that is as good a test as any)?
Well on that basis I suppose a top 10 would be:
Battle of Britain
Tora Tora Tora
I never saw some of those. Schindler's List was put in as a school assignment for one student. The student received an "A."
I liked Das Boot, then I saw it again with the crew speaking English. Who would have thunk that a German U-Boat crew would be speaking in English?
Zulu is one of those where they mangled some people and mushed them together, invented things to make it "better." But I did like it.
Mephis Belle was made much worse than it really was for the last mission. You should see the documentary on it.
Waterloo, isn't that an ABBA song? You liked the video?
But no Operation Petticoat with a pink submarine? No movie about sinking the Bismark? How about the Guns at Batasi?
Seek peace but keep your gun handy.
I'm not a complete idiot, some parts are missing!
“Illegitemus non carborundum est (“Don’t let the bastards grind you down”).”
― Julia Child