World War 2 History Club

Movie Night - 2011 

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     Movie Night Date/Times

  • 3rd Wednesday of the Month

  • 6PM to 9PM

  • Seabreeze Recreation Center

  • Refreshments available (coffee & ice water )

  • Open to all Villages residents and their guests

  • No advance signup or registration required … just show up and enjoy


Previous Years 2010    


Date Movie
Previously Shown

Run Silent, Run Deep

Clark Gable, Burt Lancaster and Jack Warden star in this highly regarded 1958 film about submarine warfare.  The captain of a submarine sunk by the Japanese during WWII is finally given a chance to skipper another sub after a year of working a desk job. His single minded determination for revenge against the destroyer that sunk his previous vessel puts his new crew in unnecessary danger.  Watch for Don Rickles in one of his first film appearances as Quartermaster Ruby.


The Great Escape

Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough, Charles Bronson, James Coburn and many others you will recognize star in this highly regarded 1963 film.  Based on a true story, a group of allied escape artist type prisoners of war are all put in an 'escape proof' camp. Their leader decides to try to take out several hundred all at once. The first half of the film is played for comedy as the prisoners mostly outwit their jailers to dig the escape tunnel. The second half is high adventure as they use boats and trains and planes to get out of occupied Europe.

One of the most famous scenes is the motorcycle chase involving Steve McQueen.  McQueen was a highly skilled motorcycle rider and did most of his own riding.  However the fence jumping sequence was done by a stunt rider; not because McQueen was unable to perform the stunt, but because the film's backers would not allow it.


An Evening of WW2 Music

The movie night program will not be a movie at all.  We plan an evening of WW2 music for your enjoyment


30 Seconds Over Tokyo

Spencer Tracy, Van Johnson and Robert Mitchum star in this film adaptation of The Doolittle Raid in early 1942 when B25 bombers were launched from the flight deck of the USS Hornet on the first bombing raid of Tokyo.  The raid did little actual damage, but severely shocked the Japanese and was a major cause for the Japanese attack on Midway. 

The film is is quite detailed in its coverage and uses some actual footage from the raid.


On The Beach 

Gregory Peck and Ava Gardner star in this adaptation of Nevil Shute's classic story of the last months of life on earth after a global nuclear war.


See an item on our site about Nevil Shute here


The Caine Mutiny 

The Caine Mutiny stars Humphrey Bogart, Jose Ferrer, Van Johnson, Fred MacMurray and many others you will recognize.  When US Navy Captain (Captain Queeg played by Bogart) shows repeated signs of mental instability that jeopardizes the ship and its crew, the first officer (Johnson) relieves him of command and subsequently faces court martial for mutiny.  7 Oscar nominations (including best actor).

The film is memorable for MacMurray's portray of a truly unsavory sort, numerous incidents that really make you wonder about Queeg's mental state, Jose Ferrer's portrayal as the defense lawyer, and the ball bearings that Queeg rolls in his fingers when under stress. 



Midway starring Charlston Heston, Henry Fonda, James Colburn, Robert Mitchum, Glenn Ford and Hal Holbrook tells the story of the months after Pearl Harbor, the intelligence triumph that revealed Japanese intentions for the "decisive battle", the ambush set by Nimitz and the US naval victory at Midway that was the turning point of the Pacific War.



Conspiracy (HBO Films) starring Kenneth Branagh, Stanley Tucci and Colin Firth is a dramatic recreation of the Wannsee Conference, held on 20-Jan-1942, where the Nazi Final Solution phase of the Holocaust was devised.   The matter-of-fact way Nazis officials and lawyers discuss the fate of millions is chilling.  You will not soon forget this film.

Conspiracy won several Emmys, Golden Globes, a Peabody , and many other awards.


Mrs Miniver

Mrs Miniver starring Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon is the story of an English, middle class, family and their transition from the tranquil England of the 1930s to the England waging war alone against the Nazis during the first years of WWII. 

The film won 6 Oscars including Best Picture, Best Actress and Best Director. 


Schlinder's List

Schindler's List is a 1993  film about Oskar Schindler, a German businessman who saved the lives of more than a thousand Polish-Jewish refugees during the Holocaust by employing them in his factories and buying their freedom out of his own pocket. The film was directed by Steven Spielberg, and stars Liam Neeson,  Ralph Fiennes and Ben Kingsley

A film that is powerful and tender, frightening and beautiful; it is a film you will never forget.  It won seven academy awards including Best Picture and is presently ranked 8th on the American Film Institutes list of the 100 best American films of all time.


The Bridge on the River Kwai

The Bridge on the River Kwai is a 1957 British WW II film based on the novel The Bridge over the River Kwai by French author Pierre Boulle. The film is a dramatization of one group of Allied POWs, their work on the Burma Railway in 1942/43 and the titanic struggle between the Allied Commanding Officer and the Japanese POW Camp Commandant.  Alec Guinness, Sessue Hayakawa, William Holden, and Jack Hawkins star in this David Lean film that won 7 Oscars including Best Picture and Best Actor (Guinness)

In 1997, this film was deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" and selected for preservation in the United States Library of Congress National Film Registry.


Twelve O'Clock High

The story is set in WW II England at a USAAF bomber base where a "hard luck" group has suffered heavy looses.  A hard driving, no nonsense general takes over the group with the goal of whipping them into shape.  Much of the story deals with this struggle to transform the group into a disciplined fighting unit in spite of heavy losses, and withering attacks by German fighters and FLAK over their targets. Actual combat footage is used in this tense war drama. 

As a "war film" it is very good; perhaps the best film about the European Air War ever made.  But what makes it exceptional is the exploration of a man under the incredible pressures of leadership in life and death circumstances.  Modern corporate combat may not be quite as dangerous, but the principles of leadership change little -- Twelve O'Clock High has often been shown at leadership workshops. 


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Date Last Updated:  01-Jun-2017

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