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Monday, July 31, 2006
Hollywood MIA in War on Terrorism?

I saw Miami Vice and Pirates of the Caribbean this weekend. In short, let me just say I was reminded as to why I have drastically cut my movie attendance since 2002. The movies were so bad, that they got me to reflect on a much bigger issue.


Primarily, I like war movies. Black Hawk Down, Saving Private Ryan, Brave Heart, Gladiator (it’s kind of a war movie), and The Patriot are some of my favorites. My reflection made me wish there was a good war movie in the theaters that I could see. We are in a war after all – some say World War III or IV. I wondered about the War on Terrorism. I can’t even think of five non-documentary movies whose subject is the War on Terrorism. Here are the ones I can think of off the top of my head.

United 93

Black Hawk Down (kind of)

World Trade Center (not out yet)

Syriana

The point is there have been almost no movies made on this generations Pearl Harbor. There are no movies about Iraq, none about the war in Afghanistan, and nothing about the war behind the scenes.

When I thought about this, it reminded me of Casa Blanca. When I first saw the movie (just last year) I was surprised to see that it was released in 1942. I have been used to Hollywood ignoring the War on Terrorism, that it was hard for me to think of a time that was any different. I thought Casa Blanca might have been a fluke, so I decided to look up all the WWII movies that were made from 1939-1945. This is the list I came up with:

Wings Over the Pacific (1943)
Wings for the Eagle (1942)
Winged Victory (1944)
Wing and a Prayer (1944)
Prelude to War (1943)
We've Never Been Licked (1943)
Went the Day Well? (1942)
We Dive at Dawn (1943)

Waterloo Bridge (1940)
Waterfront (1944)
Watch on the Rhine (1943)
War Dogs (1942)

Wake Island (1942)
Victory Through Air Power (1943)
Uncertain Glory (1944)
U-Boat Prisoner (1944)
Tunisian Victory (1944)
Too Young to Know (1945)
Tonight We Raid Calais (1943)
To the Shores of Tripoli (1942)
To Be or Not to Be (1942)
Till We Meet Again (1944)
This Man's Navy (1945)
This Land Is Mine (1943)
This Is the Army (1943)
This Above All (1942)
Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944)
They Raid by Night (1942)
They Dare Not Love (1941)
The Wife Takes a Flyer (1942)
The White Cliffs of Dover (1944)
The Way to the Stars (1945)
The Way Ahead (1944)
The War Against Mrs. Hadley (1942)
The True Glory (1945)
The Tanks Are Coming (1941)
The Spy in Black (1939)
The Sullivans (1944)
The Strange Death of Adolf Hitler (1943)
The Story of Dr. Wassell (1944)
The Seventh Cross (1944)
The Rats of Tobruk (1944)
The Purple Heart (1944)
The Pied Piper (1942)
The North Star (1943)
The Navy Comes Through (1942)
The Moon Is Down (1943)
The Master Race (1944)
The Man I Married (1940)
The Lion Has Wings (1939)
The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943)
Immortal Sergeant (1943)
The Hitler Gang (1944)
The Foreman Went to France (1942)
The Fighting Seabees (1944)
The Fighting Lady (1944)
The Eve of St. Mark (1944)
The Day Will Dawn (1942)
The Cross of Lorraine (1943)
Commandos Strike at Dawn (1942)
The Clock (1945)
The Big Blockade (1940 )

Texas to Bataan (1942)
Target Tokyo (1945)
Target Snafu (1944)
Target for Tonight (1941)
Swing Shift Maisie (1943)
Sundown (1941)
The First of the Few (1942)
Song of Russia (1944)
Somewhere I'll Find You (1942)
So Proudly We Hail! (1943)
So Ends Our Night (1941)
Since You Went Away (1944)
Ships with Wings (1942)
See Here, Private Hargrove (1944)
Secret Mission (1942)
Secret Agent of Japan (1942)
San Demetrio London (1943)
Salute to the Marines (1943)

Sahara (1943/I)
Saboteur (1942)
Reunion in France (1942)
Prisoner of Japan (1942)
Prelude to War (1943)
'Pimpernel' Smith (1941)
Pilot #5 (1943)
Pastor Hall (1940)

Paris Underground (1945)
Paris Calling (1941)
Paris After Dark (1943)
Our Russian Front (1942)
Roma, città aperta (1945)
One of Our Aircraft Is Missing (1942)

Objective, Burma! (1945)
Night Train to Munich (1940)
Night Plane from Chungking (1943)
Mrs. Miniver (1942)
Mr. Winkle Goes to War (1944)
Millions Like Us (1943)
Minesweeper (1943)
Marine Raiders (1944)

Manila Calling (1942 )
Lifeboat (1944)
Lady from Chungking (1942)
Ladies Courageous (1944)
Keep Your Powder Dry (1945)
International Squadron (1941)
In Which We Serve (1942)
Identity Unknown (1945)
I Wanted Wings (1941)
2,000 Women (1944)
Hotel Berlin (1945)
Hostages (1943)
Hitler's Madman (1943)
Hitler's Children (1943)
Hitler--Dead or Alive (1942)
Hitler - Beast of Berlin (1939)
Here Is Germany (1945)
Hangmen Also Die (1943)

Guadalcanal Diary (1943)
Great Day (1945)
God Is My Co-Pilot (1945)
Pride of the Marines (1945)
Foreign Correspondent (1940)
Flying Tigers (1942)
Flight Command (1940)
Five Graves to Cairo (1943)
First Comes Courage (1943)
Escape to Glory (1940)
Enemy of Women (1944)
Eagle Squadron (1942)
Dragon Seed (1944)
Dive Bomber (1941)
Destroyer (1943)
Destination Tokyo (1943)
Desperate Journey (1942)
Desert Victory (1943)
December 7th (1943)
Days of Glory (1944)
Dangerous Moonlight (1941)
Crash Dive (1943)
Counter-Espionage (1942)
Counter-Attack (1945)
Cottage to Let (1941)
Corvette K-225 (1943)

Corregidor (1943)
Convoy (1940)
Commandos Strike at Dawn (1942)
Coastal Command (1942)

China's Little Devils (1945)
China Sky (1945)
China Girl (1942)
China (1943)
Channel Incident (1940)

Casablanca (1942)
Captains of the Clouds (1942)

Burma Victory (1945)
Burma Convoy (1941)
Bombs Over Burma (1943)
Bombardier (1943)
Blood on the Sun (1945)
Black Dragons (1942)
Betrayal from the East (1945)

Bataan (1943)
Background to Danger (1943)
Back to Bataan (1945)
Atlantic Convoy (1942)
Assignment in Brittany (1943)
The North Star (1943)
Appointment in Berlin (1943)
Beyond the Line of Duty (1942)
Aerial Gunner (1943)
Sabotage Agent (1943)
Address Unknown (1944)
Action in the North Atlantic (1943)
Action in Arabia (1944)
A Yank in Libya (1942)
Wing and a Prayer (1944 )
A Walk in the Sun (1945)
Paramount Victory Short No. T2-1: A Letter from Bataan (1942 )
A Bell for Adano (1945)
49th Parallel (1941)

This list says it all. My count is 183 WWII movies while the war was still being waged. Admittedly, some of these movies are probably documentaries or only loosely tied to WWII, but the fact is that the media promoted awareness by focusing on the major world event of the time, a world war.

Today, Hollywood is ignoring the war, and by doing so, is doing a disservice to America. Some may say they are being as patriotic as they can be. If they were to make movies about the War on Terrorism, they would make America look bad and only make things worse. This is a possibility, but if Oliver Stone can make a 9/11 movie without injecting politics and conspiracies, anyone can do it.

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