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Re: Favourite War Movies
« Reply #650 on: October 01, 2014, 13:04:46 »
No but your link helped me find it http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Virgin_Soldiers_%28film%29

Apparently David Bowie was in it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzfrkmFigZs

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review: Though the writers have concentrated mainly on making the film ruefully funny, the serious side has not been neglected. The smell of death is often just around the corner and violence in the jungle and streets of terrorist-infested Malaya is in striking, effective contrast to the boisterous, bawdy, barrack-room atmosphere.

Acting all around is first rate, though only a few characters are allowed to develop.

Redgrave as the sulky heroine has her moments but creates no sympathy and, in fact, is mainly dull, but Tsai Chin makes joyful capital out of her small but lively role as the local prostie.

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Re: Favourite War Movies
« Reply #651 on: October 01, 2014, 13:19:19 »
No but your link helped me find it http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Virgin_Soldiers_%28film%29

Apparently David Bowie was in it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzfrkmFigZs

 ;D

review: Though the writers have concentrated mainly on making the film ruefully funny, the serious side has not been neglected. The smell of death is often just around the corner and violence in the jungle and streets of terrorist-infested Malaya is in striking, effective contrast to the boisterous, bawdy, barrack-room atmosphere.

Acting all around is first rate, though only a few characters are allowed to develop.

Redgrave as the sulky heroine has her moments but creates no sympathy and, in fact, is mainly dull, but Tsai Chin makes joyful capital out of her small but lively role as the local prostie.
You had me a "He falls for the daughter of the Regimental Sergeant Major"  ;D  Sounds interesting.
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Re: Favourite War Movies
« Reply #652 on: October 01, 2014, 14:30:36 »

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Re: Favourite War Movies
« Reply #653 on: October 01, 2014, 15:17:47 »
Colin P, I thought it was "Privates On Parade"

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0084538/plotsummary?ref_=tt_ov_pl

The members of SADUSEA (Song And Dance Unit South East Asia) fall in and out of love while trying to dodge Malayan Communist bullets in the late 1940s. Not only that, they have to contend with a loony, bible bashing Major who creates far more danger than any of the jungle inhabitants. Only gay captain Dennis Quilley seems capable of coping with him but even he isn't aware of the cowardly Michael Elphick selling arms to the natives.
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Re: Favourite War Movies
« Reply #654 on: October 01, 2014, 16:00:24 »
Speaking of war movies just turned on The Blue Max(1966) starring George Peppard
Recorded it about a week or so ago on my PVR, now getting a chance to watch it

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Re: Favourite War Movies
« Reply #655 on: January 11, 2015, 09:42:30 »
Not a "fave" but just watched "Ivan's Childhood", a Soviet movie about a young boy working as a Soviet partisan/scout in WW2.  Not a lot of shoot-em-up-bang-bang, and the story's OK, but BEAUTIFUL cinematography/shots!
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Re: Favourite War Movies
« Reply #656 on: January 11, 2015, 11:29:19 »
Contact: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TR3Bf2zN_JY

A bit dated but fairly accurate, except for summary executions and complete absence of humour of course  :nod:
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Re: Favourite War Movies
« Reply #657 on: January 11, 2015, 11:57:39 »
Contact: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TR3Bf2zN_JY

A bit dated but fairly accurate, except for summary executions and complete absence of humour of course  :nod:
Thanks for this - any other good military flicks (fiction, as well as non-fiction) to recommend from The Troubles?  That era's a bit thin in my DVD collection.
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« Reply #658 on: January 11, 2015, 13:06:59 »
Look for '71.  A young and disoriented British soldier is accidentally abandoned by his unit following a riot on the deadly streets of Belfast in 1971.  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2614684/?ref_=nv_sr_1

It's just coming out in theatres or if you're a pirate, copies exist on line already.

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Re: Favourite War Movies
« Reply #659 on: January 11, 2015, 13:46:08 »
Look for '71.  A young and disoriented British soldier is accidentally abandoned by his unit following a riot on the deadly streets of Belfast in 1971.  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2614684/?ref_=nv_sr_1

It's just coming out in theatres or if you're a pirate, copies exist on line already.

The above movie is based on a real incident, but sadly is full of BS.

This movie is a little closer to the truth, but still full of lawsuit inspired inaccuracies, yet and topical - Jan 30th is just around the corner! At least they captured why I'm glad I never have to go back to Urban Ulster shiteholes like this...

Bloody Sunday

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Htk1BRsArRA

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bloody_Sunday_(film)
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« Reply #660 on: January 11, 2015, 14:04:24 »
Thanks for the clarification daft, I have no first hand knowledge of the place or times so have to take what's out there at face value so to speak.  I do suppose that on the whole, however, most films have a certain percentage BS as they need to be entertaining for the masses and are after all, not documentaries. 

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Re: Favourite War Movies
« Reply #661 on: April 16, 2019, 23:28:58 »
One of my favourites that doesn't often show up on TV is "Guns At Batasi".  Best RSM character on film.  After not being available online for many years, just found it on youtube.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B9PV-smPTds
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Re: Favourite War Movies
« Reply #662 on: April 17, 2019, 07:52:53 »
One of my favourites that doesn't often show up on TV is "Guns At Batasi".  Best RSM character on film.  After not being available online for many years, just found it on youtube.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B9PV-smPTds

I have watched this movie a couple of times. Very well done.

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Re: Favourite War Movies
« Reply #663 on: April 17, 2019, 10:18:00 »
The Voice

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Ronald Brittain, MBE (2 September 1899 – 9 January 1981) was a well-known Regimental Sergeant Major (R.S.M.) in the British Army. The Warrant Officer Class 1, who was reported on widely in the newspapers of the day, featured in several British military training films during the Second World War. He was said to have possibly the loudest voice in the British Army. On retiring from the army in the 1950s, R.S.M. Brittain's fame enabled him to enjoy a career in advertising, voice-over work and acting, playing characters that resembled an archetypal Sergeant Major.

Brittain was born in Gordon Terrace, Aigburth Vale, Liverpool, Lancashire, the son of a gardener. After leaving school, he worked in a local butcher's shop until 1917, when he enlisted in the King's (Liverpool) Regiment during the First World War. He transferred into the South Wales Borderers, where his imposing height of six feet three inches soon saw him promoted. Eventually Brittain transferred to the Coldstream Guards.

He was attached to the training staff at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst where he became well known for his parade ground bellow. Known to the cadets as "The Voice", he was credited as the originator of that phrase so beloved of sergeant majors: "You 'orrible little man!". It was said he could reduce gentleman cadets — many of them foreign princes and titled sons of the aristocracy — to trembling wrecks.

In his later years, he was assigned the position of Regimental Sergeant Major of the Guards Depot, one of the most senior non-commissioned appointments in the British Army. He also served at Mons Officer Cadet School in Aldershot, where it was estimated that around 40,000 officer cadets passed through his parade ground.

In 1954 Brittain retired from the army after 37 years service (20 years as an RSM); he was well-above the normal retirement age for service personnel. After a spell as a salesman for an outsized clothing outfitters, he acted in films and plays. He also lent his legendary voice to a number of radio and television advertisements. Still an imposing figure in old age, Brittain was a popular presence at public functions and a member of the Society of Toastmasters.

They Were Not Divided (1950)   Regimental Sergeant Major  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DgmD54_-Qgc
You Lucky People (1955)   Appearing as himself   
Carrington V.C. (1955)   Sergeant Major
Alfred Marks Time (1956)   Performer
The Criminal (1960)   Kitchen warder
The Missing Note (1961)   Commissionaire   
The Inspector   MP Sergeant   
The Amorous Prawn (1962)   Sergeant Major   
55 Days at Peking (1963)   Sergeant Major   
The Spy with a Cold Nose (1966)   Commissionaire   
Casino Royale (1967)   Sergeant Major

Selected Clips Of Brittain: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Ronald+Brittain

They Were Not Divided (1950)
  (Good Movie)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/They_Were_Not_Divided
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