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War Movie

  • Movie Monday: The Dirty Dozen

    Based on a novel of the same name by E.M. Nathanson, The Dirty Dozen is a 1967  film based on what was once thought a real group called 'The Filthy Thirteen'. Directed by Robert Aldrich of Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? fame, this  pre D-Day WWII movie tells a captivating story of twelve convicts recruited specifically for a top secret mission. With the promise of their sentences being commuted, the long serving felons agree to take part in a pre-invasion mission to infiltrate and attack a meeting of dozens of high rankingNazi officers in order to reduce German response to D-Day. Filmed entirely in England and starring Ernest Borgnine, Charles Bronson, Lee Marvin, Jim Brown and John Cassavetes, the film was received by critics as both bold and gruesome, and considered controversial in its very explicit depiction of the horrors of war. While it may not be a lighthearted watch, The Dirty Dozen is certainly a Cockpit USA classic not to be missed.

  • Movie Monday: Good Morning, Vietnam

    With the snappy cold weather we've been having this week, we at Cockpit USA are in desperate need of a dose of warmth and what better way to turn up the temperature than with some belly tickling comedy? Set during the Vietnam war in Saigon in 1965, Good Morning, Vietnam is an American comedy war movie starring Robin Williams as a radio DJ on the Armed Forces Radio Service. While proving to be a huge hit with the listening masses, Airman First Class Adrian Cronauer (Williams) manages to annoy and rile the nerves of his superiors by divulging censored information and initiating confrontations, causing riots and mayhem. A natural comedian, funny man Williams' hilarious radio broadcasts were mainly improvised, earning him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role. So, lock your doors, bundle up and settle down with a mug of cocoa and this rip roaring Movie Monday pick!

  • Movie Monday: Patton

    Officially labelled as "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" in 2003 by the Library of Congress, Patton is without a doubt a contender for the Cockpit USA Movie Monday hall of fame. Based on U.S. General S. Patton's experiences during WWII, this 1970 American biographical war film is the ultimate classic. Starring George C. Scott, Karl Malden, Michael Bates, and Karl Michael Vogler, directed by Franklin J. Schaffner with a script by the one and only Francis Ford Coppola and Edmund H. North - it is no wonder this movie won a phenomenal seven Academy Awards! From the opening moments which feature a monologue by George C. Scott as General Patton standing with pride in front of an American flag, to the planes of North Africa and all over Europe, Patton provides an unparalleled cinematic experience that unravels the story of the great man himself.




  • Movie Monday: War Horse

    An adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s 1982 children’s novel, War Horse is yet another epic from one of Hollywood’s greatest living directors, Steven Spielberg. Set before and during WW1, this war drama stars some of the silver screen’s rising stars, including David Thewlis, Tom Hiddleston, Benedict Cumberbatch and Emily Watson. An instant box office success, War Horse is set against the breathtaking backdrop of rural England and Europe and weaves the tale of a remarkable horse named Joey, beginning with his unbreakable bond with a young man called Albert and following his trials through the war. An moving tale of a horse who touches the lives of all those around him, War Horse is an inspiring and uplifting film well worth its place in the Cockpit USA Movie Monday hall of fame!



  • Movie Monday: The Lost Patrol

    An adaptation of Philip MacDonald’s novel Patrol, this WWI film tells the tale of eleven British cavalry regiment men led by Sergeant Victor McLaglen, lost and adrift in the Mesopotamian desert and slowly, but viciously being killed off one by one by an unseen enemy. Starring Boris Karloff, Wallace Ford, Reginald Denny, J.M. Kerrigan, Alan Macdonald and Victor McLaglen, The Lost Patrol is minimal in its visual execution by director John Ford but relentless in Max Steiner's relentless musical theme, which later went on to later be adapted into his score for the Warner Bros' classic, Casablanca. With edge-of-your-seat action a plenty and hide-behind-your-coach scenes in abundance, The Lost Patrol manages to make it into the Cockpit USA Movie Monday hall of fame!



  • Movie Monday: The Young Lions

    Based on Irwin Shaw's successful war novel, The Young Lions is a 1958 movie that plays out the fate of three young soldiers during WWII. With a string of old Hollywood's finest on the bill including Marlon Brando, Montgomery Clift and Dean Martin along with a story line composed of a whole host of opposing themes from love and loss to bravery and cowardice, this film covers all bases in terms of glitterati and entertainment and unlike other films of its time, The Young Lions depicts its tale from the point of view of Germans, Americans and Jews alike. Despite significantly veering away from the plot of the original book, the movie was a major box office hit, earning $4,480,000 internationally and three Academy Awards for Best Cinematography, Best Sound and Best Music in 1959 and a BAFTA for Best Film. Needless to say, this is a dead cert for the Cockpit USA Movie Monday pick!

  • Movie Monday: Sahara

    A WWII movie set in 1943, Sahara tells the tale of Sergeant Joe Gunn, an American M-3 tank crew commander played by the iconic Humphrey Bogart as he toils and triumphs in Libya during the Western Desert Campaign. In the wake of a German defeat at Tobruk, Gunn and his few remaining men go in search of water only to come across an array of international allies with which they form a make shift force to be reckoned with. Their collective quest for water and sandy navigation bring them into direct contact with deceit, death, the enemy and a whole host of seat gripping action. Directed by Zoltan Korda and nominated for three Academy Awards, including Best Sound, Best Cinematography and Best Supporting Actor, Sahara is a Cockpit USA Movie Monday of distinction!

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