World War 2 History Club

Movie Night -- 2013 

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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 … no charge; just show up and enjoy

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2012   List of all WWII Films (Wikipedia)
Date Movie

The Dam Busters

Starring Richard Todd and Michael Redgrave, this film is based on the true story of how the British RAF Squadron 617 attacked German Ruhr Valley dams in WW2 by using an ingenious "bouncing bomb" technique to deliver bombs where they would be most effective.



The Battle of Britain

Historical reenactment of the air war in the early days of World War II (Jul to Sep 1940) for control of the skies over Britain as the German Luftwaffe and the Royal Air Force determine whether or not an invasion can take place.

The film has many stars you will recognize, e.g., Michael Caine, Trevor Howard, Harry Andrews, Kurt Jergens, Ian McShane, Kenneth More, Laurence Olivier, Christopher Plummer, Ralph Richardson, Robert Shaw, Suzanna York and Robert Fox.  It is a pretty good film with decent “action”.  

NOTE:  this film is significant because it required a number of air-worthy WWII war birds (which were not generally available) and helped start the war bird restoration phenomena.


Paris 1919   This award winning film expertly blends re-enactments with archival footage to transport you to one of the most important summit meetings of the 20th Century.  The film chronicles an extraordinary event that dissolved empires, redrew maps, engineered the Treaty of Versailles, and created far-reaching consequences that led directly to WWII and continue to afflict and trouble our world today.



Tora, Tora, Tora

A dramatization of the events leading up to and the eventual Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.  The screenplay is partially based on the then unpublished material that eventually became "At Dawn We Slept" (co authored by our own Donald Goldstein)




Hiroshima depicts the period from April 1945 to August 1945 when Harry S Truman must come to grips with the Atomic bomb and its potential implications.  Truman, the successor to the Oval Office after the late President Roosevelt died suddenly, is plagued with decisions (for which he has little preparation) that could save or cost tens of thousands of lives.   He is briefed on the nuclear weapons project -- which he approves -- and then must decide if it should be used.  Although we know how it will end, the film builds excellent tension. 

This film was a joint Canadian-Japanese effort with careful attention to details, and actors who actually look like the people they portray.  The blending of contemporary and historic film footage is excellent.




Judgment at Nuremberg depicts the moral and emotional struggles as a judge tries to balance justice and what is right.  It has been three years since the most important Nazi leaders had already been tried. On trial are four jurists who are accused of "legalizing" Nazi racial policies used their offices to conduct Nazi sterilization and cleansing policies.   Starring Spencer Tracey as retired American judge, Dan Haywood, who has a daunting task ahead of him. The Cold War is heating up and no one wants any more trials as Germany, and Allied governments, want to forget the past. But is that the right thing to do is the question that the tribunal must decide.  Also starring Burt Lancaster, Richard Widmark, Marlene Dietrich, Maximilian Schnell, Judy Garland and Montgomery Clift.




Ike: Countdown to D-Day (2004) PosterIke:  Countdown to D-Day depicts the tense 90 days leading up to the D-Day invasion and how Dwight Eisenhower, against all odds, brilliantly orchestrated the most important military maneuver in modern history.  

Starring Tom Selleck as Eisenhower (very credible performance) the film recounts many of the trials and tribulation Ike had to face, not the least of which were the many prima donnas surrounding him (Patton, Montgomery and especially de Gaulle) and the need for tact and diplomacy to bring all sides together for what would be the largest amphibious assault ever attempted.




The Man Who Never Was (1956) PosterThe Man Who Never Was is a dramatization of Operation Mincemeat, the Allied operation designed to convince the Germans that Sicily (Operation Husky) was not the next Allied objective after North Africa. 

Starring Clifton Webb and Gloria Graham, the film is based on the book of the same name written by Lt Commander Ewen Montagu.  The carefully orchestrated operation positions the body of Major William Martin, a Royal Marine, manacled to a briefcase with operational secrets off the coast of Spain and lets the Spanish and Germans come to logical conclusions.  The actual identity of the body has been the subject of much debate over the years and only recently has been definitively identified (or so the author of  Deathly Deception would like us to believe)




Midway   A dramatization of the events 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.  The film features an international cast of stars including Charlton Heston, Henry Fonda (Nimitz), James Colburn, Glenn Ford (Spruance), Hal Holbrook (Rochefort), Robert Mitchum (Halsey), Cliff Robertson, Robert Wagner and James Shigeta (Nagumo).  Not an Academy award winner, but a decent WWII naval picture with good photography (including scenes from previous pictures) and decent tension (given that you know the ending).



Thin Red Line, The  An adaptation of James Jones' autobiographical 1962 novel, the film focuses on the conflict at Guadalcanal during the second World War.  One of two adaptations, this 1998 version is better than the original 1964 version.  Starring Nick Nolte, Jim Caviezel (Person of Interest),  Sean Penn, John Cuszak, Adrian Brody, John Reilly, and several others you will recognize, the film was nominated for 7 Academy Awards including Best Picture and won numerous other awards.





Stalingrad (1993) Poster


Stalingrad.  This German film follows a small group of German soldiers from the relaxing environment of the Italian coast to the horrors of the Eastern Front and Stalingrad in particular. 

16-Jan-2013 Enemy At The Gates

Jude Law, Ed Harris, Joseph Fiennes, Rachael Weisz and Bob Hopkins star in this 2001 film about two snipers (a Russian and a German) at The Battle of Stalingrad.



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