WWII in cinema by Egantx7

Champion(s):

KroegerJ
Strength and Honor


Runner(s)-Up:

Kloefkorn


Quiz Description

These are 12 questions about World War II. To focus in a little bit, this quiz focuses on films about military actions or personnel/leaders, and will intentionally omit some great films that dealt with the effects of the war (How Green Was My Valley) or with the Holocaust, because that could be its own category of film. Also, questions may contain spoiler alerts, so you are now warned.

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Questions:

The longest version of this film was cobbled together as a BBC miniseries in 1984, and ran a full five hours in film length. This film notably ends on Christmas Eve,with an air raid on some docks that results in the death of captain Lehmann-Willenbrock, played by Jürgen Prochnow. Identify this Wolfgang Peterson epic about the not-so glamorous life of the kriegsmarine.

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Das Boot

This film is partially based on the autobiography of a secretary named Traudl Junge, who is played by Alexandra Maria Lara. Name this 2004 film that is known all over the internets for Bruno Ganz's portrayal of Adolf Hitler.

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Downfall (Der Untergang)

The famous opening of this film occurs, chronologically, much later in the film's timeline as evidenced by the title character's four stars, though he only has two stars when we meet him a little later. One of the more odd scenes in this film, when the title character orders his chaplain to write a prayer so that God would stop the bad weather holding up his air cover, is mostly a true story. Co-written by Francis Ford Coppola, and ironically featuring many soldiers from Franco's fascist army of Spain as extras, identify the Oscar-winning film which ended with a description of a Roman triumph and the warning from slaves of long ago, that "glory is ever fleeting".

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Patton

The late Gene Siskel called this film the greatest contemporary war film I've seen, even ranking it above the film whose director would win that year's Best Director Award. This film centers on the C Company, 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division around the time of the Battle of Guadalcanal. Identify this 1998 film, based on a James Jones novel, that saw Jim Caviezel playing Pvt. Robert Witt and Sean Penn playing Sgt. Welsh; just two members of an all-star cast.

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The Thin Red Line

Tom, Dick, and Harry, as in the real life events this film was based on, were key to the plot of this film. In which film do we see the two "Tunnel Kings" make it to a Swedish ship, "the Manufacturer" makes it to Spain, and "The Cooler King" ending up back in the cooler with his baseball and mitt, but not before a spectacular motorcycle chase through the German countryside.

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The Great Escape

This film opens in 1983 with an older U.S. Postal employee shooting an unarmed Italian immigrant at a post office. That post office worker had served in Italy with the 92nd Infantry, and when separated from his unit befriended a young Italian boy and his village which he eventually helps to defend from German soldiers. Adopted from a 2003 James McBride novel, identify this 2008 film which sees Cpl. Negron rescue Angelo (who as an adult gets Negron off the murder charge) and his town, possibly with the help of a magical statue's head.

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Miracle at St. Anna

The first part of this film sees Frank Sinatra struggling against an Italian camp commandant and the British commander in charge of most of the POWs. The second half of the film see Sinatra's character leading the POWs out of the camp to the freedom of Switzerland. Identify this 1965 film which had a cast that included Adolfo Celi, Trevor Howard, and James Brolin about a POW prison break that Spoiler Alert ends with Sinatra's character dying in order to avoid a sequel.

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Von Ryan's Express

A young Ben Stiller, who played Dainty, first conceived of Tropic Thunder while appearing in this film. This film was based on the autobiography of J.G. Ballard who was played by Christian Bale as an American in this film. Identify this 1987 film about a young man trapped in Japanese occupied territory.

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Empire of the Sun

It (of course) is not Planet of the Apes, but this film was based on a novel by Pierre Boulle. The plot centers on the relationship between on Colonel Saito and British Lt. Col. Nicholson. Nicholson tries to maintain order, but several men under his command turn to sabotage the project the POWs are working on. Identify this film directed by David Lean which sees a fatally wounded Nicholson eventually destroy the project after being ordered to do so by commandos.

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The Bridge on the River Kwai

Spoiler Alert Price, the security chief, played by Peter Graves, was the spy all along. Arranging for Price's timely death allows for William Holden to escape with Dunbar, a saboteur who was scheduled to be taken to Berlin and likely killed. What was this film which saw Holden take home the Oscar for Best Actor. If it will help, whistle a bit of "When Johnny Comes Marching Home".

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Stalag 17

This film was directed by Richard Fleischer, Kinji Fukasaku, and Toshio Masuda, though Akira Kurosawa was also a writer and director before being dismissed. Identify this 1970 film which didn't bother with the stupid romantic subplot, and portrayed a fairly accurate retelling of the key events surrounding the attack on Pearl Harbor.

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Tora! Tora! Tora!

One part of this film deals with a love triangle between Vasili Zaitsev, Commisar Danilov, and Tania Chernova (played by Rachel Weisz), however the real drama is the race between two snipers to kill each other. Identify this film starring Jude Law and Ed Harris as snipers at the front lines of the Battle of Stalingrad.

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Enemy at the Gates

Two years before Goldfinger, Sean Connery and Gert Fröbe were on opposite sides of enemy lines in this film. The first two people in the alphabetical cast listing are Eddie Albert and Paul Anka, who wrote the film's theme, while John Wayne's solo credit at the end drew controversy since he never actually participated in WWII. Identify this 1962 film, the most expensive black & white film prior to Schindler's List, the only WWII film to show John Wayne fighting the Nazis, and which is focused mostly on the events that started on a cloudy June morning.

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The Longest Day

The only member of the title group to die in this film is Donald Jeffries, played by Hugh Bonneville, who is shot while behind enemy lines in Bruges. Identify this 2014 film very loosely based on a mostly British group (in real life) which was the sixth feature film to star George Clooney and Matt Damon.

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The Monuments Men

This film came out in 1944, and so much like the assault it portrayed, was mostly propaganda though was likely more true to the dramatic events than the earlier films Destination Tokyo (1943), Bombardier (1943), and The Purple Heart (1944), which all portrayed the same events. Identify this film in which Spencer Tracy played Lt. Col. James Doolittle, who led his squadron from the USS Hornet for a brief bombing run over Japan's capital.

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Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo

This 1944 film was based on an all-too real story that has affected the US military ever since. The tragedy of this story begins when a family friend is killed aboard the USS Arizona and ends with the sinking of USS Juneau while leaving Guadalcanal. One of the inspirations for Saving Private Ryan, identify this film about George, Frank, Joe, Matt and Al, five brothers who demanded to serve together, and whom all lost their lives when the USS Juneau was torpedoed in November 1942.

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The (Fighting) Sullivans