Cast: Bruce Dern, Peter Falk, Burt Lancaster, Scott Wilson
Toward the end of World War II, a small company of American GI's occupy an ancient castle. Their commander has an affair with the countess in resident. One guy falls in love with a Volkswagon. A baker among them moves in with another baker's wife. A group of shell shocked holy rollers wander the bombed out streets. A GI art historian tries vainly to protect the castle and its masterpieces.
Cast: William Devane, Richard Gere, Vanessa Redgrave, John Ratzenberger
During WWII, the United States set up army bases in Great Britain as part of the war effort. Against their proper sensibilities, many of the Brits don't much like the brash Yanks, especially when it comes to the G.I.s making advances on the lonely British girls, some whose boyfriends are also away for the war. One Yank/Brit relationship that develops is between married John, an Army Captain, and the aristocratic Helen, whose naval husband is away at war. Helen does whatever she needs to support the war effort. Helen loves her husband, but Helen and John are looking for some comfort during the difficult times. Another relationship develops between one of John's charges, Matt, a talented mess hall cook, and Jean. Jean is apprehensive at first about even seeing Matt, who is persistent in his pursuit of her. Jean is in a committed relationship with the kind Ken, her childhood sweetheart who is also away at war. But Jean is attracted to the respect with which Matt treats her. Despite Ken and Jean getting engaged during one of his leaves, Jean and Matt continue to see each other and fall in love. Beyond the issue of Jean's mother's disdain for Yanks and Ken and Jean's engagement, Matt and Jean still have to overcome the differences between the two worlds in which they live. Regardless, the goings-on of the war may override any of their immediate wishes.
Cast: John Megna, James Hong, Dabney Coleman, Burt Lancaster
A unit of American military advisors in Vietnam prior to the major U.S. involvement find similarities between their helpless struggle against the Viet Cong and the doomed actions of a French unit at the same site a decade before in this bitter look at the beginnings of the Vietnam war.
Five Jewish Hungarians, now U.S. citizens, tell their stories: before March, 1944, when Nazis began to exterminate Hungarian Jews, months in concentration camps, and visiting childhood homes more than 50 years later. An historian, a Sonderkommando, a doctor who experimented on Auschwitz prisoners, and US soldiers who were part of the liberation in April, 1945, also comment. Most telling are details: Renée packing her bathing suit, Irene swallowing the diamonds her mother gave her to buy bread, Alice's memorial for her sister Klara, Bill escaping police by jumping into a line of Jews going to Buchenwald, and Tom told by a US soldier to have "all the damn bananas and oranges you can eat."
Cast: Gene Hackman, Max von Sydow, Terence Hill, Ian Holm
Foreign Legion Major William Foster (Gene Hackman), an American haunted by his memories of the recently-ended Great War, is assigned to protect a group of archaeologists at their dig. Foster's unit includes the charming, thieving rascal Marco Segrain (Terence Hill), who joined the Legion only to avoid prison. After long stretches portraying the boredom and hardship of day-to-day life in the Legion, Foster's command occupies a small village where the archaeologists believe they've found a burial site sacred to the Arabs. Arab leader El Krim (Sir Ian Holm) uses this affront to unite the tribes in Jihad, and attacks the tiny Legion garrison at the dig. An epic battle follows, very reminiscent of Zulu (1964). Costumes, firearms, and props are all very authentic-looking, and show great attention to detail.
The film tells the story of a former Imperial Russian general named Sergius Alexander who is now a Hollywood extras casting director. When he is asked to provide extras for a film about the Russian Revolution, Alexander is thrown back into the traumatic memories of his past.
Through a series of flashbacks, the film tells the story of Alexander's rise to power in the Russian military and his eventual downfall at the hands of the revolutionaries. Jannings won the first Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in the film, which is often cited as one of the greatest performances in the history of cinema.
"The Last Command" was praised for its striking visual style, innovative use of flashbacks, and powerful performances. It is also notable for its depiction of the Russian Revolution, which was still a relatively recent event at the time of the film's release. The film is considered a masterpiece of silent cinema and a landmark in the history of filmmaking.
Cast: Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams, Raymond Massey, Olivia de Havilland, Errol Flynn
The story follows Jeb Stuart (Errol Flynn) and his fellow cadets at West Point as they are sent to Kansas to help quell the violent uprising led by abolitionist John Brown (Raymond Massey) and his followers. Along the way, they encounter Kit Carson (Ronald Reagan) and meet a beautiful Southern belle, Kit's niece, named Kit Holliday (Olivia de Havilland).
As the conflict intensifies, Stuart and his men find themselves caught between their duty to uphold the law and their sympathies for the Southern cause. Meanwhile, Brown's raids become increasingly violent, leading to a final showdown between the two sides.
"Santa Fe Trail" is a classic Hollywood Western, with all the hallmarks of the genre, including gunfights, horseback chases, and larger-than-life characters. Flynn and de Havilland, who had previously starred together in "The Adventures of Robin Hood," have great chemistry onscreen and provide the film with a sense of romantic tension. Massey also delivers a strong performance as the fanatical Brown, bringing intensity and depth to the role.
Overall, "Santa Fe Trail" is a well-crafted and entertaining Western that captures the spirit of the genre and features some of Hollywood's most beloved stars.
Cast: Carl Weathers, Mario Van Peebles, Mandela Van Peebles, Johanna Watts
When a US plane is taken down over seas by an unknown assailant, the army is sure it was North Korea and a new war is about to break out. Even worse, the true attacker is an alien armed force and only one old battleship can stop them.
With General MacArthur poised to strike against the Japanese defenses in the Philippines, a group of nine Marines are given a secret mission.They have to secretly land on a Philippine island in order to contact a spy who has information vital to General MacArthur's planned invasion.When their captain is killed, sergeant Corey takes charge of the group.The patrol fights its way through the Japanese-infested jungle, and only five Marines remain when they finally reach their destination.The group's radio has been destroyed, and they are unable to communicate with their base.It means that even if they find their spy and retrieve the vital intelligence they will be unable to relay this information to General MacArthur's headquarters.The Japanese, already alerted to commando's presence in the area are closing in.The Marines are running out of time.
Cast: Michelle Fairley, Roxanne McKee, Predrag Bjelac, Danny Webb
Gathered together by young Hubert (Tom Rhys Harries), a small band of hired swords gather inside his families castle intent on holding off evil Celtic Tribesmen hell-bent on revenge for the death of their leaders' son: a young mercenary named Guy (Tom Austen) whose soul is wracked with guilt over the atrocities he has committed during the days and years after the great battle of Rochester Castle and his burgeoning feelings for Kate, his cousin (Roxanne McKee), ; battle-hardened mercenaries such as Berenger (David Caves), who fight not for God and country for money and bloodlust.
The decurion Randus holds himself so well in the command of his troops, that Caesar promotes him to centurion. He is subsequently sent to Egypt, to keep Caesar informed on the actions and intentions of co-triumvir Marcus Licinius Crassus - a man too rich, and ambitious, for Caesar's comfort. A fateful sea trip from Egypt to Rome forces Randus in captivity by mercenary troops, and leads a revolt by which he gets freedom for himself, and all the other slaves. Through an amulet he received from his late mother, a man who had fought by Spartacus' side, identifies the young man as Spartacus' and Varinia's son. At first reluctant to accept this story about his origins, Randus will be forced by the circumstances to repeat the feat of his father, twenty years later.
Set during the tumultuous period of the 17th century, The Deluge follows the journey of Andrzej Kmicic, a Polish nobleman who becomes embroiled in the conflict between Poland and Sweden. As war ravages the land and political alliances shift, Andrzej finds himself torn between his loyalty to his homeland and his desire for personal revenge.
Driven by a deep desire for justice, Andrzej joins the Polish resistance against the Swedish invaders. Along the way, he encounters a diverse cast of characters, including the enigmatic and alluring Olenka, a Ukrainian noblewoman who captures his heart. Their complex relationship becomes entwined with the fate of Poland as they navigate treacherous political landscapes and face the horrors of war.
As the narrative unfolds, The Deluge showcases grand battle sequences, depicting the chaos and brutality of warfare. Against this backdrop, the film explores themes of honor, sacrifice, and the cost of freedom. It delves into the struggles of ordinary people caught in the crossfire of conflicts fueled by power, ambition, and national pride.
With its sprawling scope and meticulous attention to historical detail, The Deluge immerses viewers in a tumultuous era of Polish history. It presents a vivid portrayal of the social and political dynamics that shaped the destinies of individuals and nations.
Through its compelling characters and evocative storytelling, The Deluge invites audiences to reflect on the enduring impact of war and the resilience of the human spirit in the face of adversity. Prepare to be captivated by this epic tale of love, betrayal, and the pursuit of justice set against the backdrop of one of Europe's most significant historical events.
Cast: Gregory Peck, Vincent Price, Cedric Hardwicke, Roddy McDowall
A young priest, Father Chisholm is sent to China to establish a Catholic parish among the non-Christian Chinese. While his boyhood friend, also a priest, flourishes in his calling as a priest in a more Christian area of the world, Father Chisholm struggles. He encounters hostility, isolation, disease, poverty and a variety of set backs which humble him, but make him more determined than ever to succeed. Over the span of many years he gains acceptance and a growing congregation among the Chinese, through his quiet determination, understanding and patience.
Cast: Hugh Griffith, William Holden, Phil Brown, Klaus Kinski
William Holden plays the role of Erickson, a successful businessman living in neutral Sweden who is approached by British intelligence to help them gather information on German trade activities. Initially hesitant, Erickson agrees to become a spy after witnessing the brutality of the Gestapo.
Erickson begins to work for the Germans, posing as a businessman and using his contacts to gather information for the Allies. He forms a close relationship with a German woman named Countess Anna von Passau (Lilli Palmer), who becomes suspicious of his activities.
As the war intensifies and the risks increase, Erickson must navigate a dangerous game of deception and betrayal, risking his life to pass information to the Allies. He faces numerous challenges and close calls, including being arrested by the Gestapo and tortured for information.
Throughout the film, "The Counterfeit Traitor" explores themes of loyalty, sacrifice, and the human cost of war. It also raises questions about the morality of espionage and the personal toll it takes on those involved.
In the end, Erickson's actions help the Allies to gain a strategic advantage in the war, but not without personal sacrifice. The film concludes with a moving scene that highlights the human toll of war and the sacrifices made by those who fought to defeat the Nazis.
Overall, "The Counterfeit Traitor" is a gripping and suspenseful war drama that tells the remarkable story of a man who risked everything to help the Allies during World War II. It features strong performances from the cast, a well-crafted script, and a powerful message about the human cost of war.
Memorial Day, 1993. When 13-year-old Kyle Vogel discovers the World War II footlocker belonging to his grandfather, Bud, everyone tells Kyle to put it back. Luckily, he ignores them. Although Bud has never talked about the war, he finds himself striking a deal with his grandson: Kyle can pick any three souvenirs, and Bud will tell him the stories behind each one. Memorial Day not only takes us on a journey into Bud's complicated wartime past, but also into Kyle's wartime future. As the two men share parallel experiences in combat, they come to realize how that magical day on the porch shaped both of their lives.