WarGames (1983) Classic Movie Review 139

WarGames (1983)

    Today’s movie is WarGames (1983). I wanted to get to this movie early on in 2018, because it figures prominently in “Ready Player One” 2011 and the movie Ready Player One (2018) is coming out shortly. When I first saw WarGames, I was still in the Army. I…

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The Horse Soldiers (1959) Classic Movie Review 126

The Horse Soldiers (1959)

  Today’s movie is The Horse Soldiers (1959). This movie was directed by John Ford and features his visual styling. The story is military, but the real issue is between, the mission-oriented commander, played by John Wayne and a doctor, more concerned with lifesaving, played by William Holden. The movie is…

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From Here to Eternity (1953) Classic Movie Review 112

From Here to Eternity (1953)

  Today’s movie is From Here to Eternity (1953). This is a war film but there is very little fighting in this movie. It is a love story, but it is all secondary to being a soldier. Burt Lancaster stars as a top sergeant that gets involved with Deborah Kerr’s…

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Seven Days in May (1964) Classic Movie Review 111

Seven Days in May (1964)

Today’s movie is Seven Days in May (1964). This star-studded military movie doesn’t feature any combat. But there is enough action for anyone, as a rogue general tries to replace the US president in a military coup. Every actor in this movie is amazing but I want to call out…

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The Caine Mutiny (1954) Classic Movie Review 110

The Caine Mutiny (1954)

  Today’s movie is The Caine Mutiny (1954) starring among others, Humphrey Bogart, Van Johnson, Fred MacMurray, and José Ferrer. This great movie covers two of my favorite genres, war movies, and trial movies. What can be better than a military court martial movie? This film was directed by Edward…

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The Hallelujah Trail (1965) Classic Movie Review 109

The Hallelujah Trail (1965)

  Today’s movie is The Hallelujah Trail (1965). This movie is a western comedy that skewers everyone, as competing groups try to intercept a wagon train filled with whiskey. This movie has a surprising cast of big stars led by Burt Lancaster and Lee Remick. Actors Burt Lancaster played the…

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The Glory Guys (1965) Classic Movie Review 105

The Glory Guys (1965)

  Today’s movie is The Glory Guys (1965). This is a fun little cavalry romp that tells the tale of love and Custer’s Massacre. Actors Tom Tryon played the role of Capt. Demas Harrod. Tryon was covered in Episode 4 – In Harm’s Way (1965). Slim Pickens played veteran Sgt.…

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They Came to Cordura (1959) Classic Movie Review 98

They Came to Cordura (1959)

  Welcome to today’s show, They Came to Cordura (1959), my name is John. As always you can subscribe to the show on iTunes or follow the links to social media in the podcast show notes. You can also go to classicmovierev.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie…

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Sergeant York (1941) Classic Movie Review 83

Sergeant York (1941)

Today’s movie is a patriotic biography of the most decorated soldier of World War I, Sargent Alvin C. York. Released just before the attack on Pearl Harbor this film found wide appeal in a country about to enter World War II. Actors Gary Cooper played the title role of Sergeant Alvin…

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Stalag 17 (1953) Classic Movie Review 79

Stalag 17 (1953)

I love this movie. It’s been my favorite movie for most of my adult life. Occasionally it is eclipsed by A Bridge Too Far (1977) when I’m focused on bureaucracies. But I jump back to Stalag 17 (1953) when I’m feeling really cynical. William Holden, who I think is a…

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