War Movies You Would Like To See Made

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  1. Deanimator

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    There are several good novels about the invasion of Japan, including "Light as a Feather" and "The Burning Mountain". As I recall, "The Burning Mountain" begins with the gassing of Kyushu by the United States.

    Three movies I'd like to see are:

    A large budget movie about the Battle of Nomonhan in Mongolia between Japan and the Soviet Union in 1939. It was a huge and protracted battle in which the maps were so bad and the terrain so featureless that the Japanese never really knew where they were, even in the middle of attacks. The Japanese violated virtually every elementary principle of modern warfare, and were stomped into the ground by the Soviets like an angry Cape Buffalo. It was where Zhukov first made a name for himself. Every basic ROTC text should have what the Japanese did bullet-pointed, with the explanation "Do EXACTLY the OPPOSITE of this and you'll NEVER lose." I'd use a surreal approach like in "Apocalypse Now" to capture the sheer incompetence and irrationality of the Japanese approach to the battle, the first in history in which significant numbers of Japanese troops threw down their weapons and surrendered.

    A movie about Black troops who served under French command in WWI. The US wouldn't deploy Black combat units, but sent Black troops to French units after Pershing couldn't take their badgering for replacements any more. Black units served with distinction under French command. An interesting postscript would be the 1919 Chicago race riot. Black doughboys armed themselves from the National Guard armories and defended their neighborhoods with armed force.

    A movie about Black troops in Italy in WWII. They were horribly ill-led and often tasked to perform Japanese style suicidal attacks which accomplished little. Instead of whining about how Clint Eastwood didn't invent Black combat units on Iwo Jima, Spike Lee should make THIS movie... if he thinks he's up to it.
     
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    Two more:

    I'm a Boxer Rebellion buff, so I'd like to see a REALISTIC movie about the defense of the Legations and the International Relief Expedition, which included US, British, French, [many] Japanese and many other troops.

    The Battle of Adowa, where the Ethiopian Army crushed an Italian invasion before WWI. I think that either "Military History Quarterly" or "Strategy & Tactics" had an exellent article on the battle a few years ago.
     
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    I'd like to see "Gates of Fire."

    300 was great if you were willing to settle for a graphic novel cinematized. I enjoyed it. However I would like to see a real story of the defense of Thermopylae.
     
  4. Nagant

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    I know someone has already mentioned the russian-Finnish war, but I would like to see a well-done movie made about Simo Hayha, the Finnish Sniper...
     
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    "Son of the Morning Star" made in 1991 starred Gary Cole as Brevet Major General G. A. Custer covered those event pretty well for a TV movie.
    There was a 1912 film by Thomas Ince, rereleased in 1925 title "Custer's Last Fight" which was a pretty accurate recounting of the Little Bighorn.
    It is interesting you remark about "the parallel life a US cavalry men and the one of a Cheyenne warrior from their youth to their end, fighting their last battle one against the other" since historian/author Stephen Ambrose wrote Crazy Horse and Custer, the Parallel Lives of Two American Warriors maybe twenty years ago. If you like history books I highly recomend it.
     
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    I would like to see "Team Yankee"
     
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    More WWI, Korean War and how about something new like the Spanish American War or the Philippine insurrection?
     
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    A series about the Pacific Theater using the Band of Brothers theme. I thought I read three or so years ago that Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg were doing to do such a project but nothing ever happened.

    Remake of Dogs of War. A movie based on The Five Fingers. Team Yankee would be a good one as someone noted previously. I don't remember his name but there was an Army Artillery officer who used beehive rounds on his own position when it was overran; that would be a good one along the lines of We Were Soldiers Once.
     
  9. Mil-Spec45

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    I really liked the book "With the Old Breed" by E.B. Sledge. I also always enjoy the "Medal of Honor" video games.

    I'd like to see a movie based on either or both of these.
     
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    I just don't want it done by Sillywood. They'd cast Ben Affleck as Hayha. [shudder] But it would be nice to see a foreign-produced film about him and the ski troopers along the forest front.
     
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    Cosmoline, it's hilarious you say that... I nearly said the exact same thing in my post. I'm also afraid they'd add some kind of fake love-interest that would detract from the sniper-ish aspect of the story...
     
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    Apocalypse Now/Heart of Darkness remade in modern Afghanistan.
     
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    Something revolving around John Hunyadi's battle against the Turks. A WWI film with the realism and production of Saving Private Ryan is long overdo. And perhaps a film about Boadicea's war against the Romans.
     
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    For years I've wished a quality and FACTUAL movie would be made about the WWII commando raid on the Norsk Hydro plant in Norway to disrupt it's heavy water producing capabilities, when the US and Nazi Germany were racing to build the first atomic bomb. And nothing that Hollywood might do to try to "sex up" the story could possibly be as thrilling as the actual events as detailed in the book "Blood and Water".
     
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    I would like to see a movie about the WW1 battle of Belleau Wood, or the WW2 D Day assault by the 2nd and 5th Ranger batallions on the cliffs of Pointe du Hoc, or the defense of Bastone during the Battle of the Bulge by the 101st Airborne division, just to name a few.
     
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    USS Johnston DD-557

    Would like to see a movie about CMDR. Ernest Evans and the USS Johnston during the Battle of Leyte Gulf. Sorta like David vs. Goliath, but with tin cans and japanese capital ships.
     
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    They should make a movie about Rhodesia and the men who fought bravely to defend it against the Communists who would turn the nation from a prosperous and peaceful place into the nightmare that is now "Zimbabwe" under Mugabe. The Rhodesian Grey's Scouts were a horse-mounted cavalry unit - that alone, in the mid-1970s, is remarkable enough for a movie to be made of it. As someone said before - no chance of that ever happening though.
     
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    A movie about a second American revolution would be interesting.
     
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    I could see doing a movie about the cruise of CSS Alabama...or CSS Shenandoah. The former is a "Confederate Flying Dutchman" story, the latter a LONG effort to escape & evade.

    Another would be the battle of Marathon.

    And just about anything from the Age of Sail makes for a good yarn.
     
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    Lord Nelson at Trafalgar. With up-to-date CG, and the current crop of newly built ships, the heroics and battle scenes would be awe inspiring.

    Or maybe a movie about my Dad. 32 missions over Europe as a bombardier on a B17. Shot down twice. Escaped from France on the first shoot down, and barely made it over the cliffs of Dover on the 2nd. Entire crew came home in early '45.

    Well, he's my hero :)
     
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    I would like to see a movie made about the Battle of Jutland.
     
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    i wanna see a movie about the Lincoln County War. crazy kids and your fancy foreign wars....

    and +1 on the CSS Shenandoah.
    read a book about it sometime. the book is called "last flag down" and its rather good.
     
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    The Rhodesian Bush War.

    The Rhodies as the inwardly conflicted White Fathers fighting together with freedom-loving blacks, and Mugabe as a blood-thirsty tyrant to be.

    And liberal use of the Rhodesian army slogan:

    BE A MAN AMONG MEN: JOIN THE RHODESIAN ARMY

    edit: goldenhound beat me to it...
     

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    I'd love to see a movie about the air war in Desert Storm. Flight of the Intruder is one of my favorites, especially when the Spads are called in. Also the "broken arrow" scene from We Were Soldiers is one of the best. Desert Storm's air war would be the ultimate kick, everything from CAS's choppers and Warthogs, to the Strike Eagles and Nighthawks. And for God's sake, make the DVD in 7.1 surround, please.

    Another would be Tom Clancy's Red Storm Rising, though it would be excessively long and thus bastardized into a mini-series.:mad:

    Another would be the real story of the sinking of the Yamato. In Harm's Way was a great story, but it was just that, a story, and they missed, though it was a victory of sorts. In reality, the Yamato group suffered approximately 400 aircraft, 5 waves of attacking planes before she sank. In this day of CGI, it would probably be easier to depict than it was when Otto Preminger used models in Harm's Way.
     
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    motorcycle gang in SE asia's been done

    IIRC it was Born loosers and a sequel.
     
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