It seems that few, if any, modern-day movies glorify war, and this one is no different. Battles are shown in their bloody, gory, often sickening intensity, but the movies never loses its main focus --it presents the Japanese soldiers as human beings with the same desires, hopes, and fears as soldiers from any other nation, a distinction not previously made by an American moviemaker. It's often so easy to forget that an enemy is no different on an individual level from ourselves, and Mr. Eastwood makes this point well. I can't say that I enjoyed this movie, as the subject is fairly depressing and the movie dark and dreary, but it was well done and beautifully shot.
An excellent movie, stupendous acting by both Burton and O'Toole. Both my husband and I majored in history in college, and as far as we can remember, the story seems to follow the real-life events very well. Very highly recommended.
A moving portrait of one woman's slide into addiction based on her feelings of worthlessness. Recommended.
Very good movie, a crisp telling of a politically important story. Recommended.
A typical but enjoyable John Wayne western. It was somewhat obvious that this was Ms. Page's first role, but overall a good job. Worth the time for fans of westerns or John Wayne.
Answer to last week's trivia: Peter O'Toole was nominated twice for playing the role of King Henry II of England. The films in which he played this role are Becket (1964) and The Lion in Winter (1968). He did not win for either performance.
It's also interesting to note that, although the two films were made within 4 years of one another, there is a difference of 13 years in the time periods in which the two films are set. Peter O'Toole was 32 at the time he starred in Becket, in which King Henry would have been 37. Four years later at the age of 36, he played the King at the age of 50.