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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.


Clint Eastwood


William Broyles Jr. (screenplay), Paul Haggis (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 16 wins & 26 nominations. See more awards »





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


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 five Marines and one Navy Corpsman 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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


David Patrick Kelly played President Harry S. Truman. Kelly also played a supporting role on Twin Peaks (1990), where Michael Ontkean played the town Sheriff, whose name was also "Harry S. Truman". See more »


Camera shadow briefly visible on Ira's chest when camera pans around the three soldiers at the NY Yankees stadium. See more »


[first lines]
Soldiers: Corpsman! Corpsman! Corpsman! Corpsman! For God sakes, corpsman! Corpsman! Corpsman!
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Crazy Credits

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I'll Walk Alone
Written by Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne
Performed by Dinah Shore
Courtesy of The RCA Records Label
By arrangement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment
Main title performed by Don Runner
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Story of my father...we are all sons of war.
3 September 2008 | by forumhoundSee all my reviews

One of Clint's and Spiel's best. But maybe 'cause it's personal. Old faded medals and photos of from the Philippines campaign in the attic found after dad died. He never spoke much of it, just a warning before I joined the Army in 1974: "Don't." Funny they don't do War Bonds anymore. They just raise taxes and raid savings accounts if u don't pay. I guess that's more direct, and does not require the manufacture and then parade of Heroes that don't want to be named so. Like dad. Faded brown photos of brown people on an island, buddies in arms, smiling on the outside, wounded inside. Bit's of metal, faded ribbon - shrapnel tied up in a flag.

For generations we have been sons of war, and our sons will be fathers of sons of war. Will it end? Perhaps not. Will there be stories like this one told in film or whatever media is next for all generations yet to come, just as there has been for all past? It's a very sad testament to the human condition, but I'll be paying my respect the next time I am in DC with a better understanding of the statue in question.

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Release Date:

20 October 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$90,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,245,190, 22 October 2006

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