Bravery War Movies: Schindler’s List, Pork Chop Hill, last Battalion & More
Schindler’s List is a 1993 American film about Oskar Schindler, a German businessman who saved the lives of more than a thousand mostly Polish-Jewish refugees during the Holocaust by employing them in his factories. The film was directed by Steven Spielberg, and based on the novel Schindler’s Ark by Australian novelist Thomas Keneally. It stars Liam Neeson as Schindler, Ralph Fiennes as Schutzstaffel (SS)-officer Amon Göth, and Ben Kingsley as Schindler’s Jewish accountant Itzhak Stern.
The film was a box office success and recipient of seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Original Score, as well as numerous other awards (7 BAFTAs, 3 Golden Globes). In 2007, the American Film Institute ranked the film 8th on its list of the 100 best American films of all time
Braveheart is a 1995 historical drama film directed by and starring Mel Gibson. The film was written for the screen and then novelized by Randall Wallace. Gibson portrays William Wallace, a 13th century Scottish warrior who gained recognition when he came to the forefront of the First War of Scottish Independence by opposing King Edward I of England (portrayed by Patrick McGoohan) who was also known by the nickname “Longshanks”.
The film won five Academy Awards at the 68th Academy Awards, including the Academy Award for Best Picture and Best Director, and was nominated for an additional five.
Into The Arms of Strangers
nto the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport is a 2000 documentary film directed by Mark Jonathan Harris and narrated by Judi Dench. It tells the story of the kindertransport, an underground railroad that saved the lives of over 10,000 Jewish children. The movie uses archival footage and interviews to recount the stories of children sent to live in England, after fleeing from Nazi Germany.
Pork Chip Hill
Pork Chop Hill (1959), directed by Lewis Milestone, is a Korean War war film based upon the eponymous book by military historian S. L. A. Marshall, depicting the bitterly fierce first Battle of Pork Chop Hill between the U.S. Army’s 7th Infantry Division, and Chinese and Korean Communist forces at the tail end of the Korean War, in April 1953. The film features Gregory Peck, Woody Strode, and actors who became movie stars in the 1960s and the 1970s, e.g. George Peppard, Harry Guardino, Rip Torn, Robert Blake, Norman Fell, Martin Landau, and Gavin MacLeod, with Harry Dean Stanton in an uncredited minor role. This film was Milestone’s final war film, and it received good reviews. Peck, although not credited, directed a few segments, despite protests then by Milestone himself.
The Lost Batallion
The Lost Battalion is the 2001 remake of the 1919 film of the same name. The film was directed by Russell Mulcahy, written by James Carabatsos and starred former child actor Rick Schroder as Major Charles Whittlesey. It took place during World War I.
The movie follows the events of the final part of World War I when a United States Army battalion was surrounded in the Argonne Forest. This movie depicts the struggle to hold ground and survive with an enemy surrounding them from all sides towards the end of World War I.
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