Memorial Day Films 2015

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 Flags of Our Fathers (2006) Rated R

Based on the book of the same name, this World War II drama reconstructs the events surrounding the six U.S. soldiers who were instantly immortalized when they were photographed raising the American flag atop Iwo Jima’s Mount Suribachi.

 A Christmas Visitor (2002) Rated NR

A father struggles with the past. A daughter fights for the future. A mother searches for answers. The Boyajians have not celebrated Christmas in 11 years. They lost their faith when they lost their son to the Persian Gulf War. Now a stranger has joined them – around the same age the boy would have been. Is he a con artist? Or is this young man the miracle their family has been waiting for. This Christmas, a stranger will change them forever. Synopsis by IMDB

 Saving Private Ryan (1998) Rated R

As U.S. troops storm the beaches of Normandy, three brothers lie dead on the battlefield, with a fourth trapped behind enemy lines. Ranger Capt. John Miller and seven of his men are ordered to penetrate German-held territory and bring the man home.

 WWII in HD (2009) Rated TV-14

This epic documentary miniseries chronicles the deeply personal stories of soldiers, sailors, journalists, nurses and others who served in the front lines of the European and Pacific theaters of World War II.

 The General (1926) Rated NR

Rejected by the Confederate Army, Johnnie Gray sets out to single-handedly win the war with his cherished locomotive in this classic silent film. When Northern spies steal his train, the intrepid Johnnie takes on the entire Union army to get it back.

 Home of the Brave (2006) Rated R

This potent drama focuses on three American soldiers who meet tough challenges as they adjust to civilian life after a harrowing tour of duty in Iraq. But their physical and psychological wounds continue to take a toll on them.

 This Is the Army (1943) Rated NR

America’s most beloved popular composer, Irving Berlin, wrote this wartime musical tribute to honor (and fund) the patriotic efforts of American soldiers. Berlin himself appears in full doughboy regalia to sing “Oh How I Hate to Get Up in the Morning,” as does singer Kate Smith, who delivers a rousing rendition of Berlin’s immortal anthem, “God Bless America.”

 Lone Survivor (2013) Rated R

Mark Wahlberg stars as Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell in this action-drama based on an ill-fated real-life mission to bring down a Taliban boss. The stakes get even higher when Luttrell and his unit are ambushed in the Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan.

 Band of Brothers (2001) Rated NR

Based on Stephen Ambrose’s best-seller, this Emmy-nominated miniseries profiles the men of Easy Company, the airborne infantry regiment that parachuted into France on D-Day, fought the Battle of the Bulge and captured Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest. Drawn from journals and letters — and punctuated with interviews with veterans — the drama underscores the extraordinary fear and unflagging bravery that made these soldiers heroes.

 The Pacific (2010) Rated NR

This companion piece to HBO’s hit Band of Brothers follows three World War II Marines — Eugene Sledge, Robert Leckie and John Basilone  — through harrowing battles in the Pacific theater, including Guadalcanal, Iwo Jima and Okinawa. Based on memoirs by Sledge and Leckie.

Synopsis by Netflix unless otherwise noted.

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