Monday, October 16, 2017
Below are images from "THE FLAME TREES OF THIKA", the 1981 adaptation of Elspeth Huxley's 1959 memoirs. Directed by Roy Ward Baker, the series starred Hayley Mills, Holly Aird and David Robb:
"THE FLAME TREES OF THIKA" (1981) Photo Gallery
Friday, October 13, 2017
Below are images from the 1983 movie, "STAR WARS: EPISODE VI - RETURN OF THE JEDI". Produced by George Lucas and directed by Richard Marquand, the movie starred Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Billy Dee Williams:
"STAR WARS: EPISODE VI - RETURN OF THE JEDI" (1983) Photo Gallery
Monday, October 9, 2017
Below is a list of my favorite movie and television productions about the war.
TOP FAVORITE WORLD WAR II MOVIE AND TELEVISION PRODUCTIONS
1a. "Band of Brothers" (2001) - Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks produced this outstanding television miniseries about the history of a U.S. Army paratrooper company - "Easy Company" - during the war. Damian Lewis and Ron Livingston starred. (tie)
1b. "The Pacific" (2010) - Spielberg and Hanks struck gold again in this equally superb television miniseries about the experiences of three U.S. Marines - John Basilone, Robert Leckie and Eugene Sledge - in the war's Pacific Theater. James Badge Dale, Joseph Mazzello and Jon Seda starred. (tie)
2. "Kelly's Heroes" (1970) - Clint Eastwood, Telly Savalas and Don Rickles starred in this memorable war comedy about a group of Army soldiers who go AWOL to rob a bank behind enemy lines. Brian G. Hutton directed.
3. "Inglorious Basterds" (2009) - Quentin Tarantino wrote and directed this excellent alternate history adventure about two plots to assassinate Adolf Hitler in 1944. Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz and Mélanie Laurent starred.
4. "Casablanca" (1942) - Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman starred in this Oscar winning adaptation of Murray Burnett and Joan Alison's un-produced stage play, "Everybody Comes to Rick's". Directed by Michael Curtiz, the movie also starred Paul Henreid and Claude Rains.
5. "The Winds of War" (1983) - Dan Curtis produced and directed this excellent 1983 television adaptation of Herman Wouk's 1971 novel. The miniseries starred Robert Mitchum, Jan-Michael Vincent and Ali McGraw.
6. "Hope and Glory" (1987) - John Boorman wrote, produced and directed this 1987 excellent comedy-drama about his own childhood experiences during World War II. Sarah Miles, David Hayman and Sebastian Rice-Edwards starred.
7. "A Bridge Too Far" (1977) - Sir Richard Attenborough produced and directed this darkly fascinating adaptation of Cornelius Ryan's book about the Operation Market Garden campaign. The all-star cast included Dirk Bogarde, Sean Connery, Ryan O'Neal and Gene Hackman.
8. "Valkyrie" (2008) - Bryan Singer directed this detailed and first-rate account of Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg's plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler in July 1944. The movie starred Tom Cruise, Tom Wilkinson and Bill Nighy.
9. "The Longest Day" (1962) - Darryl Zanuck produced this all-star adaptation of Cornelius Ryan's book about the Normandy invasion. The cast included Robert Mitchum, Richard Beymer, Robert Wagner and John Wayne.
10. "The Bridge on the River Kwai" (1957) - David Lean directed this Oscar winning adaptation of Pierre Boulle's 1952 World War II novel. The movie starred William Holden, Oscar winner Alec Guinness and Oscar nominee Sessue Hayakawa.
Honorable Mention: "Empire of the Sun" (1987) - Steven Spielberg produced and directed this excellent adaptation of J.G. Ballard's semi-autobiographical novel about a British boy's experiences in World War II China. The movie starred Christian Bale, John Malkovich, Miranda Richardson and Nigel Havers.