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Flags of our Fathers (2006)

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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 World War II.

Director:

Clint Eastwood

Writers:

William Broyles Jr. (screenplay), Paul Haggis (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 15 wins & 25 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ryan Phillippe ... John "Doc" Bradley
Jesse Bradford ... Rene Gagnon
Adam Beach ... Ira Hayes
John Benjamin Hickey ... Keyes Beech
John Slattery ... Bud Gerber
Barry Pepper ... Mike Strank
Jamie Bell ... Ralph "Iggy" Ignatowski
Paul Walker ... Hank Hansen
Robert Patrick ... Colonel Chandler Johnson
Neal McDonough ... Captain Severance
Melanie Lynskey ... Pauline Harnois
Tom McCarthy ... James Bradley
Chris Bauer ... Commandant Vandegrift
Judith Ivey ... Belle Block
Myra Turley ... Madeline Evelley
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Storyline

In 1945, the Marines attack twelve thousand Japaneses protecting the twenty square kilometers of the sacred Iwo Jima island in a very violent battle. When they reach the Mount Suribachi and six Marines raise their flag on the top, the picture becomes a symbol in a post Great Depression America. The government brings the three survivors to America to raise funds for war, bringing hope to desolate people, and making the three men heroes of the war. However, the traumatized trio has difficulty dealing with the image built by their superiors, sharing the heroism with their mates. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Heroes are something we create, something we need. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sequences of graphic war violence and carnage, and for language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 October 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Flags of our Fathers See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$90,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,245,190, 22 October 2006

Gross USA:

$33,602,376

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$65,900,249
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2.39 : 1
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Shot over a period of 61 days. See more »

Goofs

After planting the flag, the unit is attacked by a couple of Japanese while waiting on the mountain top. The standing soldier's bayonet can been seen flexing back and forth as he moves his gun. Clearly it's a black rubber prop bayonet. See more »

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[first lines]
Soldiers: Corpsman! Corpsman! Corpsman! Corpsman! For God sakes, corpsman! Corpsman! Corpsman!
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Written by Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne
Performed by Dinah Shore
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On February 23, 1945, an insignificant event became one of the most significant events of World War II.
14 October 2006 | by kerr-gSee all my reviews

"Flags of Our Fathers" is the story of the five Marines and one Navy Corpsman who raised a replacement flag on a stinking little island six-hundred miles south of Tokyo. An Associated Press photographer, who wasn't ready and was caught off guard, snapped a picture of them raising this seemingly unimportant second flag. He had no idea what he had just done.

That one picture is said to be the most reproduced picture in the history of photography.

I toured Iwo Jima in 2000 with my father, a private in the 5th Marine Division, who, along with the flag raisers, landed on Iwo Jima on February 19, 1945 -- the opening day of what would be the costliest battle in the history of the U.S. Marine Corps.

I can't say enough good things about the realism of Clint Eastwood's "Flags of our Fathers." Visually, the movie made me think that I was back on Iwo Jima, and emotionally, I felt like I was witnessing what I had been told by Iwo survivors and what I had read in Richard E. Overton's "God Isn't Here: A Young American's Entry into World War II and His Participation in the Battle for Iwo Jima."

James Bradley's book "Flags of our Fathers," is wonderful, and this movie of the same name is very faithful to his book.

But, the editing of the movie takes the viewer through so many flash-backs and flash-forwards that it's hard to keep things straight -- even if you have read the book!

The movie opens with Harve Presnel (I think it was Harve) playing the role of what I thought was a narrator. Later, it looks like he's just one of many people that James Bradley interviewed for his book.

I was expecting some corny things in the movie, like seeing the flag raising picture taking up the full screen in the theater while the Marine Corps Hymn played. That didn't happen. After I heard what I thought was a narrator, I thought that anyone who didn't know what was going on in the movie would probably be kept informed of the not-so-obvious things . . . like it was Howlin' Mad Smith who was demanding, and not getting, additional bombardment of the island; like it was Secretary of the Navy, James Forrestal, who told Howlin' Mad Smith that "...the raising of that flag on Suribachi means a Marine Corps for the next five hundred years." These events were in the movie, but the characters were neither introduced by name in the movie, nor were they described by "the narrator," who seemed to come and go at odd times.

Ira Hayes is a tragic character. It's obvious that Hollywood likes tragic characters just because of all of the attention that he gets in this movie, and because Tony Curtis made a movie about Ira Hayes back in 1961. The actor who plays Ira in this movie is great!

Stephen Spielberg and Clint Eastwood obviously had to tap dance around an "Elephant in the Room" when it came to showing what happened to John Bradley's friend on Iwo Jima. If you've read the book, you know what happened. The movie does a masterful job of bringing the subject up, but not bringing it up in a manner that would offend the squeamish, or, for that matter, bringing it up in a way that would make it impossible to show the movie to a Japanese audience.


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