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top of Page One
Wars in the Middle East
The VietNam War
The Cold War
The Korean War
collections & docufilms
books about war films

on Pages Two & Two B:
World War II

            trench warfare in France during World War I             here on Page Three:

Second Sino-Japanese War

Spanish Civil War

World War I

The Mexican Revolution

War Between the States

The Revolutionary Wars

Wars in Ancient Times

Miscellaneous Wars


The  Second  Sino-Japanese  War
[7 July 1937 to 9 August 1945]

The Rape of Nanking

"The Battle of China [USA 1944] by Frank Capra

"Black Sun: The Nanking Massacre" [Hong Kong 1994]

"Don't Cry, Nanking" [China 1995]

"Tokyo Trial" [China 2006]

"Nanking" [H.B.O. docudrama Dec 2007]
Nanking docudrama  The story of a small group of heroic Western expatriates who banded together to save 250,000 Chinese during the 1937 'Rape of Nanking' by the Japanese Imperial Army. Co-produced, co-written & co-directed by Bill Guttentag; co-written & co-directed by Dan Sturman; starring Woody Harrelson, Mariel Hemmingway, Hugo Armstrong, Jürgen Prochnow & Michelle Krusiec
Velocity / Thinkfilm color DVD [4/2008] for $19.99
full credits from IMDb

"Purple Mountain" [China 2008]
photo of author Iris Chang (movie poster not available)  Directed by Simon West; script by William J. MacDonald, based on the 1997 Iris Chang book "The Rape of Nanking"; starring Michelle Yeoh
video/DVD not yet available; full credits from IMDb

"Iris Chang: The Rape of Nanking" TV documentary [indep 2007]
Produced & co-directed by Anne Pick; co-directed by William Spahic; starring Iris Chang
DVD not available;
credits at IMDbofficial movie site

The 'Rape of Nanking' History & Memory book by Takashi Yoshida  "The Making of The 'Rape of Nanking': History and Memory in Japan, China & the United States" [2006] by Takashi Yoshida
Not so much about the above movies but about how the events of December 1937 are now known under the phrase 'The Rape of Nanking'
Oxford Univ Press 9x6 pb [3/2009] for $17.21
Oxford Univ Press 9½x6¼ hardcover [3/2006] for $64.87
Rape of Nanking book  "The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II" [1997]
by Iris Chang

Personal accounts from witnesses to the 1937 'Rape of Nanking' by the Japanese Imperial Army.
Penguin 8x5 pb [11/98] for $10.88
Basic Books 9½x6 hardcover [11/97] out of print/many used

"The Truth About Nanjing" [2008] by revisionist filmmaker Satoru Mizushima

"City of Life and Death" [China 2009]

"John Rabe" [Germany 2009] director Florian Gallenberger


The  Spanish  Civil  War
[17 July 1936 to 1 April 1939]

The Practice War

Brother Against Brother  "Brother Against Brother: The Spanish Civil War" [Kultur July 2001]
Kultur Video b&w/color DVD [1/2007] for $17.99
full credits at IMDb
Robert Capa / Heart Of Spain   "Robert Capa: Heart Of Spain" [2005]
Photographs of the Spanish Civil War by Robert Capa, 1936-1939; text by Juan Fusi Aizpùria; from the collection of the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia

Aperture Foundation 11½x9½ pb [6/2005] out of print/used
Aperture Foundation 9¾x12 hardcover [6/2005] for $40.00

"Blockade" [1938]
Directed by William Dieterle, starring Henry Fonda

"Crucible of Empire: The Spanish-American War" [PBS 1999] /tt0910857/
http://www.pbs.org/crucible/

"The Good Fight: The Abraham Lincoln Brigade In The Spanish Civil War"
documentary film [First Run Features March 1984]
The Good Fight / Abraham Lincoln Brigade documentary film  Funded by the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Film Project and The National Endowment for the Humanities; includes interviews with survivors, 50 years after the events.
Co-produced, written & directed by Noel Buckner, Mary Dore & Sam Sills; narrated by 'Studs' Terkel, with Colleen Dewhurst & John Houseman
Kino Intl. widescreen color/b&w DVD [7/2008] for $26.99
Kino Video color/b&w VHS [6/2000] out of prodn/used
full credits at IMDb

"La Guerre et Fini" [1966]
Directed by Alain Resnais; starring Yves Montand, Ingrid Thulin,
Geneviève Bujold, Jean-François Rémi & Michel Piccoli

"Land & Freedom" [1995]
Directed by Ken Loach

"The Old Memory" [Spain 1979 documentary]
Directed by Jaime Camino

"The Spanish Earth" [July 1937 documentary]
Directed by Joris Ivens; narrated by John Dos Passos & Ernest Hemingway

"To Die In Madrid" [Sept 1965 documentary]


World  War  I
[28 June 1914 to 11 November 1918]

The 'War To End All Wars'

browse World War I books on Amazon
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Reel Patriotism, Movies & World War I book by Leslie Midkiff DeBauche  
"Reel Patriotism: The Movies and World War I" [1997]
by Leslie Midkiff DeBauche

Univ WI Press 9x6 pb [5/97] for $21.95
Univ WI Press 9½x6½ hardcover [5/97] out of print/used
Cinema & the Great War  "Cinema and The Great War" [1997]
by Andrew Kelly

Routledge 9¼x6¼ hardcover [7/97] for $125.00
World War I Silents  "World War I Films of The Silent Era" [2002]
Image Ent. b&w DVD [2/2002] for $22.99
Image Ent. b&w VHS [1/2002] 2 tapes for $18.98
includes "Fighting The War" [1916]; "The Log of The U-35" [1917]; "The Secret Game" [1917 feature] directed by William C. de Mille; and "The Moving Picture Boys In The Great War"
[1975 documentary] directed by Larry Ward
First World War box set  "The First World War: The Complete Series" [Channel 4 TV 2003]
Directed by Marcus Kiggell, Simon Rockell & Corina Sturmer

Image Ent. DVD [8/2005] 4 disks for $34.99
full credits from IMDb
First World War & Popular Cinema  "The First World War and Popular Cinema: 1914 To The Present" [2004]
by Michael Paris

Rutgers Univ Press 9¼x6¼ pb [4/2000] for $29.95
Rutgers Univ Press 9½x6½ hardcover [4/2000] for $60.00
Literature of The First World War  "The Cambridge Companion To The Literature of The First World War"
[2005] by Vincent Sherry

Cambridge Univ Press 8¾x6 pb [2/2005] for $24.69
Cambridge Univ Press 9x6 hardcover [2/2005] for $75.00
World War I in Cartoons  "World War 1 In Cartoons" [2006] by Mark Bryant
cartoons from the pages of Bystander, Judge, London Opinion, Le Canard Enchainé, Le Rire, Life, Puck and Punch magazines
Grub Street 12x9 hardcover [11/2006] for $22.76
America Goes Over: World War I Newsreels on DVD  "America Goes Over: World War I Newsreels Deluxe Edition" [2008]
Contains 1918 title silent propaganda newsreel from the U.S. Army Signal Corps; later sound profile of General John J. Pershing; sound short "Crusaders of The Sky" about the Lafayette Escadrille and various 'glorious air battles'; plus selected silent newsreel footage of World War I
Periscope Film LLC b&w on-demand DVD-R [6/2008] 2 disks for $29.99 from manufacturer

"A Very Long Engagement"
{aka 'Un long dimanche de fiançailles'} [Warner France 2004]
Co-written & directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet; based on the novel by Sebastien Japrisot;
starring Audrey Tautou, Gaspard Ulliel & Jodie Foster
DVDfull credits at IMDb

"All Quiet On The Western Front"
{from the novel 'Im Westens Nichts Neues' by Erich Maria Remarque}
feature film directed by Lewis Milestone [Universal April 1930]: full credits at IMDb
Telefilm directed by Delbert Mann [ITC/Marble Arch TV 1979]: full credits at IMDb

sequel  "The Road Back" aka "Der Weg Zurück"
[Universal June 1937]
Directed by James Whale; full credits at IMDb

"All Quiet On The Western Front" remake [release in 2015?]  
Co-produced & co-written by Lesley Paterson & Ian Stokell; starring Daniel Radcliffe?
DVD/Blu-ray not yet available • latest info at IMDb

"The Blue Max" [1966]: full credits at IMDb

"The  Big  Parade"  [M.G.M. Nov 1925; restored 2005]
The Big Parade silent classic  Actually the prologue to screenwriter L. Stallings's autobiography "Plumes" [1924]; an idle rich American boy enlists in the Army and is sent to France where he becomes friends with two fellow soldiers, suffers in the trenches, and finds love with a French girl. Directed by King Vidor [1894-1982]; script by Harry Behn, based on a play by Joseph Farnham and the story "Plumes" by Laurence Stallings; starring John Gilbert, Renée Adorée, Hobart Bosworth, Claire McDowell, Claire Adams, Robert Ober, Tom O'Brien, Karl Dane, Kathleen Key, Rosita Marstini & Julanne Johnston; listed on National Film Registry (1992)
Warner b&w VHS [4/92] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDb
entry about the film at Wikipedia
Plumes autobographical novel  
"Plumes" [1924] by Laurence Stallings [1894-1968]
Used as partial basis for Vidor's silent war film "The Big Parade" [1925], the autobographical novel tells of the aftermath of military service in Europe during The Great War; the author/protagonist returned to a wife and daughter after losing a leg in battle and struggled with the loss of his idealistic faith in government and society.
Univ SC Press 8x5 pb [11/2006] for $15.56

"Flyboys" [2006]: full credits at IMDb
Young Americans of the Lafayette Escadrille; directed by Tony Bill

"Gallipoli" [1981]: full credits at IMDb
Gallipoli / ANZAC official website
"Gallipoli" [Turkish 2005 documentary]

"The  Grand  Illusion"
[France June 1937; USA Sept 1938]
Grand Illusion  Complex, profound and heartbreakingly human look at the illusions inherent in war & heroism, social class & individual character, romantic love, religion – all are trapped in illusion. Co-written & directed by Jean Renoir; starring Jean Gabin, Pierre Fresnay, Erich von Stroheim & Marcel Dalio; nominated for Best Picture Oscar
Criterion b&w DVD w/English subtitles [11/99] for $34.76
TimelessVideo b&w VHS w/English subtitles [8/97] for $14.99
Criterion b&w VHS w/English subtitles [11/99] for $29.95
full credits from IMDb

"Hell's Angels" [1930]
Produced & co-directed by Howard Hughes; starring Ben Lyon, James Hall &
Jean Harlow; full credits at IMDb

poster for Hughes & Harlow, Angels in Hell 1978 movie  "Hughes and Harlow: Angels In Hell" [indep Jan 1978]
A version of the 1930 filming of "Hell's Angels" by Howard Hughes and his romance with teenage star Jean Harlow. Co-produced, co-written & directed by Larry Buchanan; starring Victor Holchak as Howard, Lindsay Bloom as Jean, David McLean, Royal Dano & Adam Roarke (as Howard Hawks}
DVD/Blu-ray not available • Monterey Home Video VHS [undated] out of prodn/used
white poster {as at left} from Amazon 11"x17" for $6.2927"x40" for $18.99
two-shot poster from Amazon 11"x17" for $6.2927"x40" for $22.99
full credits at IMDb

"Johnny Got His Gun" [1971]
Written & directed by Dalton Trumbo, based on his novel; full credits at IMDb

"King & Country" [1964]
Directed by Joseph Losey; starring Dirk Bogarde, Tom Courtenay & Leo McKern; full credits at IMDb

"King  of  Hearts"
aka "Le Roi de Coeur" [France 1966]
King of Hearts   The inmates of an insane asylum get loose, but they may be more sane than the outside world. A delightful, surreal, farcical anti-war fairytale. Directed by Philippe de Broca; starring Alan Bates & Geneviève Bujold
MGM/UA letterbox DVD [4/2001] with Eng/Span/Fr subtitles for $16.99
MGM/UA widescreen VHS [11/2001] with English subtitles for $16.99
full credits from IMDb

"Lafayette Escadrille" [1958]
Co-written & directed by William A. Wellman; starring Tab Hunter, David Janssen, Will Hutchins
& Clint Eastwood; full credits at IMDb

   "Lawrence of Arabia" [Columbia 1962]
completely fulfills the term 'epic film'; listed on Time Magazine's All-TIME 100 Movies (10/2005)
full credits from IMDb

"The Lost Patrol" [1934]
Directed by John Ford [1894-1973]; starring Victor McLaglen; full credits at IMDb

"The Moving Picture Boys In The Great War" [1975 documentary] /tt0424290/
directed by Larry Ward; available on DVD above

"Paths of Glory" [United Artists Dec 1957]
Co-produced, co-written & directed by Stanley Kubrick; co-written by Calder Willingham
& Jim Thompson; based on the novel by Humphrey Cobb; full credits from IMDb

"Bericht einer Offensive" [German TV movie Aug 1969]
based on the novel "Paths of Glory" by Humphrey Cobb; full credits from IMDb

"Pershing's Last Patriot" [2013?]
http://www.pershingslastpatriot.com/film/

"The Road To Glory"  [Fox Aug 1936]
The Road To Glory 1936 movie directed by Howard Hawks  In the trenches of 1916 World War I, new recruits alter relationships, including competition for the nurse's affections. Then the unit is ordered to the front to install a telephone to direct artillery. Produced by Darryl F. Zanuck; directed by Howard Hawks; co-written by William Faulkner; cinematography by Gregg Toland; starring Fredric March, Warner Baxter, Lionel Barrymore, Gregory Ratoff & June Lang
video/DVD not available; full credits at IMDb

"The Secret Game" [1917 feature] /tt0008550/
directed by William C. de Mille; available on DVD above

"Sergeant York"
[Warner Bros. Sept 1941]
full credits from IMDb

"Westfront 1918" [1930]
Directed by G.W. Pabst; full credits at IMDb

"Wings" [1927]: full credits at IMDb

World War I German Luftwaffe Fokker triplane

The  Mexican  Revolution
War of Mexican Independence [16 Sept 1810 to 24 August 1821]
U.S. War With Mexico [25 April 1846 to 2 Feb 1848]
Mexican Revolution [20 Nov 1910 to 1 Dec 1920]

"Pancho Villa Returns" [1950] played by Leo Carrillo /tt0043113/

"Viva Villa!" [MGM April 1934]
Viva Villa! movie directed by Jack Conway & Howard Hawks  Directed by Jack Conway & Howard Hawks; starring Wallace Beery, Leo Carrillo & Fay Wray; Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best Script, Best Sound, won for Best Asst Director
DVD not available (2008}
Warner Home Video b&w VHS [4/93] for $14.95
full credits from IMDb

"Viva Zapata!" [Fox 1952]
Viva Zapata! movie directed by Elia Kazan, starring Marlon Brando  Directed by Elia Kazan; starring Marlon Brando, Jean Peters, Anthony Quinn & Joseph Wiseman; won Best Supporting Actor Oscar (AQ), nominated for Best Script (John Steinbeck), Best Actor (Brando), Best Music, Best Art Direction
b&w DVD [undated] out of prodn/used
Fox b&w VHS [6/2001] out of prodn/used
Verese soundtrack CD [3/98] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDb
John Steinbeck's "Viva Zapata!" script in book form
Edited by Robert E. Morsberger

Penguin 7¾x5 pb [5/93] for $12.80

"Villa Rides" [1968] /tt0063775/
starring Yul Brynner, Robert Mitchum & Charles Bronson /B0016LFG2Y/

"Old Gringo" [1989] starring Gregory Peck & Pedro Armendáriz Jr. /tt0098022/

"And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself" TV movie [2003]
played by Antonio Banderas /tt0337824/

"The Storm That Swept Mexico" TV movie [PBS 2011] /tt1468376/


The  Spanish - American  War
[25 April to 12 August 1898]

History Channel / Spanish-American War  "First Intervention" [May 2007] Co-produced & directed by Phil Tuckett; written by Steven Zorn
A&E Home Video color DVD [7/2007] for $21.99
full credits at IMDb
"Birth of A Superpower" [1998] Co-produced & directed by Sammy Jackson
A&E Home Video color DVD [12/2005] for $21.99
A&E Home Video color VHS [8/2001] for $28.45
full credits at IMDb


The  War  Between  the  States
[12 April 1861 to 9 April 1865]

The last I heard, the Union was winning.

browse U.S. Civil War books on Amazon

Reel Civil War Mythmaking in American Film book by Bruce Chadwick  
"The Reel Civil War: Mythmaking In American Film" [2001]
by Bruce Chadwick

Vintage 8x5¼ pb [12/2002] for $15.00
Knopf 9¾x6¼ hardcover [9/2001] out of print/many used
How Hollywood & Popular Art Shape What We Know about the Civil War book by Gary W. Gallagher  "Causes Won, Lost & Forgotten: How Hollywood & Popular
Art Shape What We Know About The Civil War" [2008]
by Gary W. Gallagher

Univ NC Press 9¼x6¼ hardcover [4/2008] for $21.45

browse U.S. Civil War movies on DVD on Amazon
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U.S. Civil War section of the U.S. Timeline at Spirit of America

Civil War Silents  "Civil War Films of The Silent Era" [2000]
Image Ent. b&w DVD [12/2000] for $22.99
Image Ent. b&w VHS [12/2000] for $17.98
includes "The Coward" [1915 feature] & two nickelodeon films "Drummer of the Eighth" [1913] & "Grand-Dad" [1913] – all from pioneering producer-director Thomas H. Ince [1882-1924]

"The  Civil  War:  A  Film  by  Ken  Burns"

"Cold Mountain" [2003]: full credits at IMDb

"The General" silent feature
[B.K.P./United Artists Tokyo Dec 1926, U.K. Jan 1927, USA Feb 1927]
Buster Keaton 'The General' poster - blue cannonball  "one of the best five silent films ever made" per A.F.I.
Co-written & co-directed by Clyde Bruckman & Buster Keaton [1895-1966]; also co-produced by & starring Buster Keaton; co-starring Marion Mack, Glen Cavender, Jim Farley, Frederick Vroom, Charles Henry Smith, Frank Barnes, Joe Keaton, Mike Donlin, Tom Nawn, Boris Karloff, Al St. John, and 125 horses & 500 members of the Oregon National Guard; listed on National Film Registry (1989)
Kino Video 78-minute b&w silent Blu-ray [10/2009] for $19.93
Kino Video 78-minute b&w DVD [11/2008] two disks for $17.31
Jef Films/Music Video Distrbn 107-minute b&w VHS [5/98] out of prodn/used
Kino Video b&w VHS [11/2001] for $19.95
full credits from IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

more details (synopsis, The Andrews Raid, locomotives, books, posters, links) on
Magic Lantern's "The General" 1927 Movie Page

"Glory" [1989]: full credits at IMDb

"Gone  With  The  Wind"
[Selznick/M.G.M. Dec 1939]
won Best Picture Oscar  won Best Director Oscar  won Best Screenplay Oscar  

Gone With The Wind poster  

Beautiful and selfish Scarlett O'Hara loses her first love, and takes up with renegade Rhett Butler at the start of the War Between The States; she refuses to admit her love for Rhett and eventually loses him and her beloved Tara plantation. Produced by David O. Selznick; directed by Victor Fleming; starring Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Leslie Howard, Olivia de Havilland, Evelyn Keyes, Hattie McDaniel, Butterfly McQueen, Victor Jory, Jane Darwell, Ward Bond & Yakima Canutt; won Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screen-play, Best Color Cinematography, Best Actress [VL], Best Supporting Actress [HM], Best Art Direction, Best Film Editing, Honorary Oscar for "outstanding achievement in the use of color for the enhancement of dramatic mood"; Oscar nominations for Best Actor [Gable], Best Supporting Actress [OdH], Best Special Effects, Best Music Score [Max Steiner] & Best Sound; listed on National Film Registry (1989)
Warner 70th Anniversary Ultimate Collector's Edition color Blu-ray [11/2009] for $41.99
Warner 70th Anniversary Limited Edition color DVD [11/2009] for $43.49
Warner Collector's Edition color DVD set [11/2004] 4 disks - out of prodn/many used
Warner Special Edition color DVD [1/2006] 2 disks - out of prodn/many used
Warner color VHS [3/2000] 2 tapes - out of prodn/many used
Rhino/WEA soundtrack CD [6/97] for $10.83
full credits from IMDbofficial movie site

Margaret Mitchell's 'Gone With The Wind'   based on Margaret Mitchell's novel [Scribner Sept 1936]
awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1937; listed on Time Magazine's All-TIME 100 Novels (10/2005)
Warner Books mass pb [8/93] out of print/dozens used
Warner Books 8¼x5½ pb [4/99] out of print/many used
Scribner 8½x6 hardcover [facsimile] for $17.39

Margaret Mitchell [1900-49] section on the "G.W.T.W." Page

more "G.W.T.W." stuff (books, posters, sequels, links) on the
Magic Lantern's "Gone With The Wind" 1939 Movie Page

"The Great Locomotive Chase" [Disney 1952]

more details (synopsis, The Andrews Raid, locomotives, books, posters, links) on
Magic Lantern's "The General" 1927 Movie Page


The  Revolutionary  Wars

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The  French  &  Indian  War
[3 July 1754 to 10 February 1763]

The  Revolutionary  War
[19 April 1775 to 3 September 1783]
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The  War  of  1812
[18 June 1812 to 17 February 1815]
browse War of 1812 books on Amazon

"The  Buccaneer"
During the war of 1812, Britain tries to persuade pirate Jean Lafitte to join them against
American interests in Louisiana; based on the 1930 novel "Lafitte The Pirate" by Lyle Saxon
Buccaneer video  b&w feature film [Paramount Jan 1938]
Co-produced & directed by Cecil B. DeMille; starring Fredric March, Akim Tamiroff, Walter Brennan & Spring Byington
video/DVD not available; full credits from IMDb

color remake [Paramount Dec 1958]
Production supervised by Cecil B. DeMille; directed by Anthony Quinn; starring Yul Brynner, Claire Bloom, Charles Boyer, Inger Stevens, Henry Hull, E.G. Marshall, Charlton Heston, Lorne Greene, Ted de Corsia & Woody Strode
Paramount color VHS [7/96] out of stock/used
Varese soundtrack CD [7/91] out of stock/used
full credits from IMDb

"The Crossing" [A&E tv movie Jan 2000]
full credits at IMDb

"Drums Along The Mohawk" [Fox Nov 1939]
Directed by John Ford; starring Henry Fonda, Claudette Colbert,
Edna May Oliver, John Carradine & Arthur Shields
full credits at IMDb

"Johnny Tremaine" [Disney]

"Liberty's Kids: Est. 1776"
animated TV series [DiC Ent. 2002-2003]
Liberty's Kids animated TV series  40-episode color half-hour TV series intended to teach 7- to 14-year-olds about the events of the American Revolution; main characters are Ben Franklin {voice of Walter Cronkite}, British teen Sarah, French orphan Henri, teen printer's apprentice James, and adult freed slave Moses. Starring Kathleen Barr, Reo Jones, Chris Lundquist & D. Kevin Williams; celebrity voices include Annette Bening, Warren Buffett (as James Madison}, Walter Cronkite, Billy Crystal, Michael Douglas, Whoopi Goldberg, Dustin Hoffman, Michael Horse, Liam Neeson, Tom Poston, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Norman Schwarzkopf, Maria Shriver, Sylvester Stallone (as Paul Revere}, Ben Stiller & Michael York
Cookie Jar / Shout! Factory color DVD set [10/2008] 6 disks for $42.49
full credits at IMDbofficial series siteseries entry at Wikipedia

"The Patriot" [Columbia/Sony 2000]
Directed by Roland Emmerich; starring Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger, Joely Richardson,
Chris Cooper, Rene Auberjonois, Lisa Brenner & Tom Wilkinson
full credits at IMDb

"Revolution" [Goldcrest/Warner 1985]
Directed by Hugh Hudson; starring Al Pacino, Donald Sutherland, Nastassja Kinski & Joan Plowright
full credits at IMDb

"Sign of The Otter: The Little Patriot" video movie [1995]
/tt0113669/ starring Dan Haggerty

"1 7 7 6 [Columbia Nov 1972]
1776 video  A musical version of the meetings in Philadelphia prior to the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Directed by Peter H. Hunt; starring William Daniels, Howard Da Silva, Ken Howard & Blythe Danner
Col/TriStar color VHS [4/91] for $17.99
Col/TriStar color VHS [8/98] out of stock/used
Col/TriStar color DVD [7/2002] for $22.46
full credits from IMDb
based on the Broadway musical by Sherman Edwards & Peter Stone

"The War That Made America:
The Story of The French and Indian War"

[P.B.S./W.Q.E.D. Jan 2006]
The Story of the French and Indian War  Co-produced, written & co-directed by Ben Loeterman & Eric Stange; hosted by Graham Greene, starring Larry Nehring, Alex Coleman, Chris Davenport, Ed Brigadier, Kevin McClatchy, Jeff Monahan, Anne Harsch & Shane Callahan
P.B.S. 4-hour color DVD [2/2006] 2 disks for $29.99
Valley soundtrack CD [1/2006] for $16.98
full credits at IMDbofficial movie site

Liberty! The American Revolutionmini-series  "Liberty! The American Revolution" [P.B.S. mini-series Nov 1997]
Co-produced & co-directed by Ellen Hovde & Muffie Meyer; hosted by Forrest Sawyer, narration by Edward Herrmann
P.B.S./Paramount color DVD [6/2004] 3 disks for $44.99
P.B.S. Home Video color VHS [6/98] 6 tapes - out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDb
American Revolution mini-series  "The American Revolution" [History Channel mini-series Nov 1994]
Directed by Lisa Bourgoujian; narration by Charles Durning, Michael Learned, Rick Schroder & Cliff Robertson
A&E Home Video color DVD [4/2005] 3 sdisks for $71.99
A&E Home Video color VHS [4/97] 6 tapes out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDb
History Channel Revolution miniseries on DVD   "History Channel Presents: The Revolution" [2006]
"A 13-part series showcasing the personal stories behind America's fight for independence"; includes behind-the-scenes featurette
A&E Home Video color DVD set [12/2006] 4 disks for $28.99
not listed at IMDb (2008)
official History Channel series site
War of 1812 mini-series from History Channel on DVD  "History Channel Presents: The War of 1812" 7-film package [2004]
A&E Home Video color DVD [2/2005] 2 disks for $21.49
includes "First Invasion: The War of 1812" [2004 TV] co-produced & directed by Gary Foreman; "The Battle of New Orleans"; "A&E Biography: Andrew Jackson - A Man For The People"; "Save Our History: The Star-Spangled Banner"; docufilm "Behind The Scenes of First Invasion: The War of 1812"; "The Great Ships" episode "The Ironclads (of 1812)"; and "Extreme History" docu-short/episode "Surviving An 1812 Battleship"

Wars in Ancient Times

http://www.amazon.com/Decisive-Battles-Ancient-History-Channel/dp/B000H5U5UI/

Musclehead 'Swords & Sandals' Film Festival at Magic Lantern

Samurai Films at Magic Lantern

"Alexander" [2004]
dir? by Oliver Stone

"Alexander  Nevsky"  [Mosfilm/Russia Nov 1938]
Alexandr Nevskiy 1938 poster   True epic tale of a XIIIth Century Russian prince who rallied the people to form a ragtag army and repel Teutonic invaders at Novgorod. Co-written & co-directed by Sergei M. Eisenstein [1898-1948]; co-directed by Dmitri Vasilyev; co-written by Pyotr Pavlenko; music by Sergei Prokofiev; starring Nikolai Cherkasov, Nikolai Okhlopkov & Andrei Abrikosov
Image Ent. subtitled b&w DVD [10/98] for $21.99
Kultur Video subtitled b&w VHS [6/95] out of prodn/used
Soundtrack Factory soundtrack CD by Sergei Prokofiev [10/2000] for $11.99
full credits from IMDbfilm entry at Wikipedia

"Centurion" [2010]  
Set during the war between Roman soldiers and Pict tribesmen of Albion
http://www.centurionmovie.com/

"Helen of Troy" [1956] dir Robert Wise

"Troy" [2004] dir Wolfgang Petersen
http://www.amazon.com/Troy-Directors-Cut-Ultimate-Collectors/dp/B000TGJ8IU/

Frank Miller's "300" feature film [Warner Bros. March 2007]
Frank Miller's '300' feature film poster (not available retail)   A loose dramatization of the historic siege at Thermopylae [481-480 B.C.E.] where 300 Spartan warriors held off the invading armies of King Xerxes of Persia; filmed shot-for-shot from the 1999 graphic novel by Frank Miller Co-written & directed by Zack Snyder; co-written by Kurt Johnstad & Michael Gordon, based on the graphic novel; starring Gerard Butler, Lena Headey, Rodrigo Santoro, Dominic West, David Wenham, Vincent Regan, Michael Fassbender, Tom Wisdom, Andrew Pleavin & Andrew Tiernan
Warner Home Video Special Edition widescreen color DVD [7/2007] 2 disks for $19.99
Warner Home Video widescreen color Blu-ray [7/2007] for $22.49
Warner Home Video widescreen color DVD [7/2007] for $8.49
Warner Home Video color DVD [7/2007] for $13.99
Warner Bros./W.E.A. Special Edition soundtrack CD & booklet [3/2007] 25 tracks for $21.99
Warner Bros./W.E.A. soundtrack CD [3/2007] 25 tracks for $14.99
full credits at IMDbofficial movie sitemovie entry at Wikipedoa
Frank Miller's '300' graphic novel  "300" graphic novel [1998]
written & drawn by Frank Miller, painted by Lynn Varley

A full-color loose dramatization of the historic siege at Thermopylae [481-480 B.C.E.] where 300 Spartan warriors held off the invading armies of King Xerxes of Persia.
Dark Horse 9¾x13 hardcover [12/99] for $19.80
story entry at Wikipedia

and more info {sequels, other movies, posters, synopses, books} on the
Frank Miller Page at BlackHat Mystery Bookstore

Miscellaneous  Wars  &  the  Peacetime  Military

"The  Alamo" [Batjac/United Artists Oct 1960]
The Alamo 1960 movie poster   Sam Houston asked Col. Travis to stall Mexico's Gen. Santa Anna's 6,000-man army at the Alamo mission outside San Antonio. The 200 Texicans were joined by Davy Crockett, Jim Bowie and others willing to fight to the death to save the new Republic of Texas. Directed by & starring John Wayne; co-starring Richard Widmark, Richard Boone, Laurence Harvey, Frankie Avalon, Patrick Wayne, Linda Cristal, Chill Wills & Denver Pyle; Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Wills), Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Music (Dimitri Tiomkin), won for Best Sound
MGM/UA UNCUT {202 min.} color VHS [12/2001] for $9.94
MGM/UA widescreen [162 min.} DVD [12/2000] for $17.98
Sony soundtrack CD [3/95] for $11.98
full credits from IMDb
11"x17" poster (at left) from Amazon for $9.99
14"x11" poster from Amazon for $9.99

"An Officer and A Gentleman" [Lorimar July 1982]
full credits from IMDb

"The Battle of Algiers" [1966]
full credits from IMDb
docufilm "Five Directors on The Battle of Algiers" [2004]
http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0768113/

"The  Battleship  Potemkin"
{'Bronenosets Potyomkin 1905'}  [Russia/Goskino Dec 1925; reissued 1950]
Battleship Potemkin original poster  Based on the historical Odessa revolt of 1905; sailors aboard the battleship Potemkin refuse to eat rancid meat and the admiral orders them shot; the sailors mutiny and kill the officers; the citizens of Odessa rally behind the sailors; cossacks arrive and slaughter the unarmed citizens on the harbor steps (famous sequence) and then the Russian navy destroys the Potemkin.
Co-written, directed & edited by Sergei M. Eisenstein [1898-1948]; starring Aleksandr Antonov
Kino Video b&w Blu-ray [4/2010] for $25.99
Image Ent. b&w DVD [10/98] for $23.49
Delta b&w DVD [3/2004] out of prodn/used
Hollywood Select Video b&w VHS [8/97] out of prodn/used
Soundtrack Factory Edmund Meisel soundtrack CD [9/2000] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia
movie poster art print {4 sizes} available at AllPosters.com
Eisenstein's Potemkin Shot-By-Shot  
"Sergei M. Eisenstein's Potemkin: A Shot-By-Shot Presentation" [1972]
by David Mayer

Da Capo Press 8x5½ pb [1/2001] for $16.95
Viking hardcover [2/72] out of print/used

entry about the film at Wikipedia

Battleship Potemkin Film Companion   "The Battleship Potemkin: The Film Companion" [1988]
by Richard Taylor

I.B. Tauris 8½x5½ pb [3/2001] for $21.95

"Battleship Potemkin" script [1984]
critical text by Andrew Sinclair

Faber & Faber 8¾x5½ pb [8/88] out of print/used

"Beau Geste" [Paramount 1939]
full credits from IMDb

"Black Hawk Down" [2001]: full credits at IMDb
"The True Story of Blackhawk Down" [2003 tv documentary]: full credits at IMDb

"Breaker Morant" [Australia May 1980]
full credits from IMDb

"Civilization: An Epic of Humanity"
[Ince/Triangle June 1916 silent epic]
Civilization 1916 silent epic   A warrior king starts a war. A submarine commander refuses to torpedo a defense-less passenger ship; the submarine is sunk and the captain is drowned and enters the spirit world. Christ returns to earth in the captain's body and is put on trial for treason, but the magical figure then escorts the warrior king on a tour of the horrors of war to convince him to stop making war. Produced & co-directed by Thomas Ince; co-directed by Reginald Barker & others; starring Howard C. Hickman, Enid Markey, J. Frank Burke, George Fisher & Herschel Mayall; listed on National Film Registry (1999)
not available on DVD; Kino Video b&w VHS [6/2000] for $28.45
11"x17" poster from AllPosters.com for $19.99
11"x17" poster from Amazon for $14.36
full credits at IMDb

"The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell" [1955]
Starring Gary Cooper, Charles Bickford, Ralph Bellamy & Rod Steiger; full credits at IMDb

"Exodus" [1960]
full credits from IMDb

"Gunga  Din" [R.K.O. Jan 1939]
Gunga Din poster  11"x17" poster available at AllPosters [dot] com
In XIXth Century India, three happy-go-lucky British sergeants and a native water-bearer stand off an army of Thugee rebels at Khyber Pass. Directed by George Stevens; story by Ben Hecht & Charles MacArthur, based loosely on the poem by Rudyard Kipling [1865-1936]; script by Joel Sayre & Fred Guiol; starring Cary Grant, Victor McLaglen, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. & Sam Jaffe; Oscar nomination for Best B&W Cinematography, listed on National Film Registry (1999)
Warner b&w DVD [12/2004] for $14.99
Turner b&w VHS [5/93] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDb

"Half of A Yellow Sun" [2001]  
Announced 1/2012: The adaptation by Andrea Calderwood & Gail Egan of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s bestselling novel is now 'fully funded', with Nigerian playwright Biyi Bandele set to direct. The novel won the Orange Prize for Fiction in 2007, and is set during the Nigerian-Biafran War of 1967-1970, when the south of Nigeria attempted to secede and form their own country, the Republic of Biafra. The story is about a revolutionary university professor, his lover, her sister, and their houseboy over several years time. Actors Chiwetel Ejiofor, Dominic Cooper & Thandie Newton are also attached • not yet listed on IMDb

"Khartoum" [United Artists June 1966]
full credits from IMDb

"Master and Commander: The Far Side of The World"
[Miramax/Lionsgate Oct 2002]
Blu-ray = /B000VDDWDS/ • full credits from IMDb

replica H.M.S. Surprise now berthed in San Diego, CA

"The Men Who Stare At Goats"
[B.B.C./Overture Nov 2009]
Men Who Stare at Goats movie starring George Clooney   A reporter stumbles upon the existence of a U.S. military unit trained in psychokinetic warfare, and is caught up in the search for the unit's missing leader and a trainee on the loose. Directed by Grant Heslov; script by Peter Straughan, based on the book by Jon Ronson; starring George Clooney, Ewan McGregor, Kevin Spacey, Jeff Bridges, Robert Patrick, Stephen Root & Stephen Lang; location filming at Alamogordo, Albuquerque, Willard, Roswell & Zia Pueblo in New Mexico
DVD/Blu-ray not yet available; full credits at IMDb
Men Who Stare at Goats book by Jon Ronson  "The Men Who Stare At Goats" [2005]
by Jon Ronson

S&S 8½x5½ movie tie-in pb [4/2006] for $10.98
S&S 8½x5¾ hardcover [4/2005] out of print/used

"The  Messenger"  [Oscilloscope Pictures Nov 2009]
full credits from IMDbofficial movie site

"The  Mouse  That  Roared"
[Columbia Pictures Oct 1959]
Mouse That Roared video   The tiny Duchy of Grand Fenwick decides to invade the United States, so that they can lose the war and then receive foreign aid. But the ragtag invasion force, armed only with medieval longbows, lands in New York City during a nuclear drill, wander about hoping to find someone to surrender to, and instead discover a scientist and his beautiful daughter. The tiny army kidnaps the two along with an 'ultimate weapon', which results in capitulation by the U.S. and makes Grand Fenwick a major world power. Directed by Jack Arnold; starring Peter Sellers {in 3 roles}, Jean Seberg, Leo McKern & David Kossoff
Columbia/TriStar widescreen DVD [7/2003] for $22.46
Columbia/TriStar color VHS [7/93] out of stock/used
full credits from IMDb
Mouse That Roared novel  
based on the 1955 novel by Leonard Wibberley
Four Walls Eight Windows 8¼x5¼ pb [1/2003] out of print/used
Bantam mass pb [8/84] out of print/used
Amereon 9x6 hardcover [12/85] out of print/used
Leonard Wibberley [1915-83] Page at Spirit of America Bookstore

"1915: The Movie" [indep April 2015]
A theater director rehearses a surreal modern play about the Armenian genocide
full credits at IMDbwatch 3/2015 official trailer [2:30] at YouTube

"The Real Glory" [Samuel Goldwyn 1939]
Directed by Henry Hathaway; starring Gary Cooper, David Niven, Andrea Leeds & Reginald Owen
full credits from IMDb

"Red Dawn" [MGM/UA Aug 1984]
Co-written & directed by John Milius • full credits from IMDb

"Red Dawn" remake [MGM/UA Nov 2012]
Mostly filmed in Michigan; directed by Dan Bradley; new script by Carl Ellsworth & Jeremy Passmore
full credits from IMDb

"The  Rising:  Ballad  of  Mangal  Pandey"
[India Aug 2005]
Rising / Ballad of Mangal Pandey   Mangal Pandey was a true-life sepoy (soldier) employed by the de facto ruler of India, the exloitative & ruthless British East India Company. When the new Enfield cartridges are rumored to be covered with beef and pig fat (an offense to both Hindu & Muslim soldiers), Capt. Gordon assures all that the rumor is false, and Pandey is the first to bite the cartridge and release the gunpowder (the year is 1857). When the rumor is later proved true, an enraged Pandey incites 300,000 Hindustani soldiers to rebellion. Directed by Ketan Mehta; starring Aamir Khan, Rani Mukerji, Toby Stephens, Kiron Kher, Coral Beed, Amisha Patel, Joel Guyton Lee & Om Puri
Yashraj Films subtitled widescreen color DVD [8/2005] for $29.99
full credits from IMDb

RP's Mangal Pandey fansite

"The Russians Are Coming The Russians Are Coming" [Mirisch 1966]

"Soldier  In  The  Rain" [Allied Artists Nov 1963]
Soldier in the Rain movie poster  A sentimental comedy of the peacetime U.S. Army; a goofy supply sergeant idolizes a corrupt Master Sergeant and hopes that they will go into business together when they retire. Produced & co-written by Blake Edwards; directed by Ralph Nelson; co-written by Maurice Richlin, based on the William Goldman novel; music by Henry Mancini; starring Jackie Gleason, Steve McQueen, Tuesday Weld, Tony Bill, Tom Poston, Ed Nelson, Lew Gallo, Rockne Tarkington, Paul Hartman, John Hubbard & Adam West
Allied Artists widescreen b&w DVD [8/2009] for $16.49
Key Video b&w VHS [undated] out of prodn/used
11"x17" poster from Amazon for $9.99
27"x40" poster from Amazon for $29.00
full credits from IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia
Soldier in the Rain novel  
Soldier in the Rain movie tie-in paperback  
based on the 1960 novel by William Goldman
Dell movie tie-in mass pb [1/63] out of print/used
Atheneum hardcover [1/60] out of print/used

"The Travelling Players"
aka "O Thiasos" [Greece 1975, U.S.A. April 1976]
Thiasos / Travelling Players  Greek history from 1939 to 1952 - war against Italy, occupation by the Nazis, liberation, the Greek civil war - with a troupe of traveling actors providing the backdrop of ancient Greek mythology for comparison. Written & directed by Theodoros Angelopoulos; starring Stratos Pahis, Aliki Georgouli, Petros Zarkadis, Eva Kotamanidou, Vangelis Kazan, Kiriakos Katrivanos & Maria Vassiliou
New Yorker Films subtitled color VHS [6/99] 2 tapes - out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDb

"Tropic  Thunder" [DreamWorks Aug 2008]
Tropic Thunder movie poster   "A very subtle satire [of Hollywood] wrapped in a very broad comedy." – Devin O'Leary, Weekly Alibi film critic The hapless director of an over-budget jungle war epic decides to submit his actors to boot camp in Southeast Asia, which morphs into real combat with real rebels and real ammo. Co-produced, co-written, directed by & starring Ben Stiller; co-written by Justin Theroux & Etan Cohen; co-starring Robert Downey Jr., Jack Black, Brandon T. Jackson, Jay Baruchel, Steve Coogan, Danny R. McBride, Nick Nolte & Tom Cruise
DreamWorks Video widescreen color DVD [11/2008] for $14.49
DreamWorks widescreen color Unrated Director's Cut DVD [11/2008] 2 disks for $24.49
full credits from IMDbofficial movie site {requires Flash}

"The Wild Blue" [SonyTV 2013?]  
Announced 3/2013: Sony greenlit the pilot for possible hour-long series taking place among the 6,000 personnel aboard a nuclear-powered U.S. Navy
aircraft carrier; on-going story has newly-promoted N.C.O. in conflict with former fellow seamen (and women); executive producer Taylor Elmore;
actors include Alano Miller, Will Rothhaar, Josh Salatin, Mykelti Williamson • latest info at IMDb

"Young Winston" [Columbia Oct 1972]
full credits at IMDb

"Zulu" [Paramount/Embassy Jan 1964]
full credits from IMDb


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