Flags of Our Fathers

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The life stories of the six men who raised the flag at the battle of iwo jima, a turning point in WWII.

Specifications

Studio Paramount
SKU 204347864
UPC 097361235141
UPC 14 00097361235141
Format DVD
Rating Rating
Keywords
Japan
Theatrical Release
True Story
World War II
WWII
Editors Note
Note 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.
Reviews
New York Times "[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 p.E22
Entertainment Weekly "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 p.49-50
Rolling Stone 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 p.86,Ranked #3 in Rolling Stone's "The 10 Best Movies Of 2006" -- "[A] single, stinging portrait of war..." 12/28/2006 p.118
Uncut 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 p.138
Sight and Sound "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 p.58
Film Comment Ranked #13 in Film Comment's "20 Best Films Of 2006." 01/01/2007 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 p.38
Ultimate DVD 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he war sequences are brutally realistic and visually arresting..." 03/01/2007 p.110
Directors
Clint Eastwood
Actors
Robert Patrick
Ryan Phillippe
Jamie Bell
Cast & Crew
Adam Beach - Actor
Clint Eastwood - Original Music By
Clint Eastwood - Director
Jack G. Taylor, Jr. - Art Director
James Bradley - Based On Book By
Jamie Bell - Actor
Jesse Bradford - Actor
Joel Cox - Editor
John Benjamin Hickey - Actor
Neal McDonough - Actor
Paul Haggis - Screenplay
Paul Walker - Actor
Robert Patrick - Actor
Ron Powers - Based On Book By
Ryan Phillippe - Actor
Steven Spielberg, et. al. - Producer
Tom Stern - Cinematographer
William Broyles, Jr. - Screenplay
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2006
Catalog ID 123514
UPC 00097361235141
Number of Discs 2
Running Time 132 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English, French Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
Awards
Nominee (2007) Golden Globe, Clint Eastwood, Best Director - Motion Picture,Oscar, Alan Robert Murray, Bub Asman, Best Achievement in Sound Editing,Oscar, John T. Reitz, et. al., Best Achievement in Sound Mixing
Reviews
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review "At its best, Flags of Our Fathers is eye opening and thought provoking. The battle scenes are raw and energetic, while the post-Iwo Jima segments question our established ideas about heroism. The word ""hero"" has been used often following 9/11, so it's interesting to hear the characters in this movie question what it means to bear that label and whether they consider themselves worthy of it. In fact, most soldiers did not consider themselves to be heroes, but if you asked them, they could identify someone else - a friend, a comrade, a leader - who was. This aspect of the movie differentiates it from any other World War II film to have come before it."
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ReviewPage
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Reel.com
Review "Orchestrating the narrative's shifts from the expansive to the intimate with impeccable command, Eastwood succeeds at evoking the horrors and heartbreak of warfare with a visceral intensity graphically evocative of Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan. (Spielberg is one of Flags of Our Fathers' producers.) The grisly realism of the combat scenes in Iwo Jima (filmed in Iceland, of all places) may be difficult to watch, but Eastwood doesn't linger over the gore or depict the fighting as anything but hellish. Whatever glory the men in Flags of Our Fathers savor is fleeting, undercut by the terrible awareness of friends lost in battle...Visually stunning and scrupulously authentic...a towering achievement for Eastwood and his cast and crew."
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Tim Knight
ReviewRating 9
Features
DVD, Widescreen, Collector's Edition, English
Product Attributes
Actor Phillippe,Ryan
Label Paramount Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Claudia Puig, USA Today ...one of the year's best films and perhaps the finest modern film about World War II.
Ken Fox, TV Guide ...a powerful, important and, in the end, profoundly poignant movie...
Richard Corliss, Time Clint Eastwood has crafted a bold and meticulous epic.
Scott Foundas, The Village Voice ...Flags of Our Fathers is to the WWII movie what Eastwood's Unforgiven was to the western...
Stephen Hunter, Washington Post ...passionate, honest, unflinching, gripping, and it pays respects.

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