Sands Of Iwo Jima / Flying Tigers
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Flying Tigers is strictly make believe, but based on the famous Flying Tiger squadron of American mercenary pilots fighting for China before the U.S. entry into the war. Wayne plays the commander of this collection of patriots, get rich quick, egomanaics, and flers for the honor of flying pilots. At the same time he is having a relationship with a nurse. The film was made during the war and was strictly for propoganda, but has excellent combat footage and a fair story line.
John Wayne was featured in many Westerns, urban dramas, and adventure movies. I think these were his two best movies from the 1940's. His many low-budget Western movies from the 1930's are seldom shown on television today. See the individual reviews for more details.
“The Sands of Iwo Jima” (1949) presents a story about the taking of this black sand island by the US Marines. Its capture created an unsinkable aircraft carrier for B-29 bombers to reach Japan and create massive destruction. It is like a training film that warns of the dangers when one man slacks off and endangers the rest of his team. The capture of Mount Suribachi and the photograph of the flag raising became justly famous. This is the best WW II movie if not the most financially successful.
“The Flying Tigers” (1942) is based on the history of the American Volunteer Group of fighter pilots who flew to protect China from Japanese aggression. It too has lessons about the proper conduct during wartime; one man can endanger others besides himself. There is more personal drama, and the need to manage pilots who may be too eager for their own good. Pilots must be ever vigilant, or they will be shot down. The story is good but not great. If one pilot doesn’t do the right thing it can endanger others. “Pappy” refers to Boyington, the future Marine pilot ace.
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Bought for a friend. They came in in good time and he watched them right away and says they played well. He is a John Wayne fan and will probably order more. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Tabi
Both movies are great, especially if you like war movies. And none better than John Wayne.Published 22 months ago by canfield51
What more can be said than it is classic John Wayne. The only movie better than these two is Red River. But a good John Wayne movie is treat any time.Published on February 20, 2014 by David Clinkenbeard
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