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- Adam Beach

Overview - Clint Eastwood's early-21st-century output has endeared him to Academy Awards voters, and he makes another bid for their attention with this tale of the flag-raising at Iwo Jima. Eastwood cuts back and forth between the battle that led to the flag being firmly planted in enemy soil, and the tour undertaken by three of the flag-planting Marines (played by Ryan Phillippe, Jesse Bradford, and Adam Beach) in the aftermath of World War II.  Read more...

 
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Overview

Clint Eastwood's early-21st-century output has endeared him to Academy Awards voters, and he makes another bid for their attention with this tale of the flag-raising at Iwo Jima. Eastwood cuts back and forth between the battle that led to the flag being firmly planted in enemy soil, and the tour undertaken by three of the flag-planting Marines (played by Ryan Phillippe, Jesse Bradford, and Adam Beach) in the aftermath of World War II. The re-creation of Iwo Jima features impressive APOCALYPSE NOW-style battle scenes, the air full of thick plumes of smoke, zinging bullets, and pounding explosions. But the most interesting part of the movie comes as the three men are paraded in front of the American public, as they vacillate between embarrassment and anger at the public relations campaign they find themselves embroiled in, while also pleading with the public to help provide funds for the soldiers who are still at war. Eastwood uses a script co-written by CRASH director Paul Haggis and a source book written by James Bradley, the son of John "Doc" Bradley (played by Phillippe in the film), to tell this affecting tale. Tom Stern, who worked with Eastwood on MILLION DOLLAR BABY, employs his skills as a cinematographer once again, deftly coupling vast panoramic battle scenes with darkly contemplative moments between the touring soldiers. Fascinatingly, the director's next jaunt behind the lens was LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA, which provided the Japanese perspective on this famous event.

Cast List

Robert Lorenz - Producer, MYSTIC RIVER (2003)
Ron Powers - Source Writer, Flags of Our Fathers, (2006)
Paul Walker - American actor, THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS
Neal McDonough - Actor
William Broyles Jr. - Screenwriter, APOLLO 13
Barry Pepper
Robert Patrick - American actor, THE TERMINATOR 2: JUDGEMENT DAY, FUTURE HUNT
Ryan Phillippe - American actor, CRASH (2004)
Clint Eastwood - American actor/director, THE GOOD, THE BAD.../UNFORGIVEN
Tom Stern - Director/Screenwriter
Jamie Bell - BILLY ELLIOT
John Benjamin Hickey - American Supporting Actor
Steven Spielberg - Oscar-winning director/producer/screenwriter
Steven Allan Spielberg - Oscar-winning director/producer/screenwriter
James Bradley - Source Writer, Flags of Our Fathers, (2006)
Paul Haggis - Screenwriter, THE LAST KISS (2006)
John Slattery - Actor
Jesse Bradford - Actor/"King Of The Hill"
Adam Beach - Actor, DANCE ME OUTSIDE

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 132
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 097361235042
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: R (MPAA) (for sequences of graphic war violence and carnage, and for language.)
  • Release Date: August 2010

Related Categories:
Movies > Dramas

Related Keywords:
True Story
World War II
Theatrical Release
WWII
Japan

 
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Theatrical Release: October 20, 2006

Reviews:
"[H]ere, at age 76, is Clint Eastwood saying something new and vital about the war in his new film....The film works, among other things, as a gentle corrective to Steven Spielberg's SAVING PRIVATE RYAN." - 10/20/2006 New York Times, p.E22


"Eastwood sets his film in two different worlds, cutting back and forth between the Battle of Iwo Jima, in all its shattering chaos and horror..." -- Grade: B- - 10/27/2006 Entertainment Weekly, p.49-50


3.5 stars out of 4 -- "Eastwood's film, a fierce attack on wartime hypocrisy and profiteering, is also an indelibly moving salute to the soldiers who don't deserve to walk alone for following their own sense of duty." - 11/02/2006 Rolling Stone, p.86


5 stars out of 5 -- "A film of awesome emotional power....Eastwood handles the film' parallel storylines with astonishing confidence and technical dexterity." - 01/01/2007 Uncut, p.138


"It is a dexterous sleight of hand on Eastwood's part that he simultaneously commemorates the dignified humanity of the three servicemen while excoriating the bluster of those in command on all sides." - 01/01/2007 Sight and Sound, p.58


Ranked #3 in Rolling Stone's "The 10 Best Movies Of 2006" -- "[A] single, stinging portrait of war..." - 12/28/2006 Rolling Stone, p.118


Ranked #13 in Film Comment's "20 Best Films Of 2006." - 01/01/2007 Film Comment, p.36


"Only Eastwood could pull off this act of artistic bravery....We agree, Clint, a picture really can make a difference." - 01/01/2007 Film Comment, p.38


4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he war sequences are brutally realistic and visually arresting..." - 03/01/2007 Ultimate DVD, p.110

 
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