Flags Of Our Fathers

Flags Of Our Fathers

Flags Of Our Fathers
Follows the story of six soldiers, who became famous via an ultimately iconic photograph. It was taken on Mount Suribachi, at the battle of Iwo Jima 1945 where American fought Japanese forces. It's the first part of Eastwood's duology, the second (Letters From Iwo Jima) tells the story of Iwo Jima from the perspective of Japanese soldiers.

To capitalize on the wave of sentiment the photo inspires, the surviving 3 'Flag Raisers' are pulled out of combat and sent back to the States to continue to serve their country – not on the battlefield but among crowds of adoring throngs, and as pawns in a government war bonds drive.

John (Phillippe), a Navy Corpsman; Ira (Beach), a publicity-shy Native American; and Rene (Bradford), a wartime messenger who avoided firing his weapon.

They tirelessly tour America as the very power of their image rescues the flagging war effort. But inwardly, they find that along with their friends and brothers felled in combat, a part of their souls will never leave the black soils of Iwo Jima.
2006Rating: R15, contains realistic & graphic war scenes132 minsIceland, USA
Director:
Clint Eastwood (Million Dollar Baby, Mystic River, The Bridges of Madison County, A Perfect World, Unforgiven)
Writer:
Paul HaggisWilliam Broyles Jr.
Cast:
Ryan PhillippeJesse BradfordAdam BeachPaul WalkerBarry PepperJamie BellBenjamin Hickey
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Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

Ambitiously tackling his biggest canvas to date, Clint Eastwood continues to defy and triumph over the customary expectations for a film career in "Flags of Our Fathers." A pointed exploration of heroism, the picture welds a powerful account of the battle of Iwo Jima, the bloodiest single engagement the United States fought in World War II, with an ironic and ultimately sad look at its aftermath for three key survivors...

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Clint Eastwood's Flags of Our Fathers does a most difficult and brave thing and does it brilliantly. It is a movie about a concept. Not just any concept but the shop-worn and often wrong-headed idea of "heroism." ...

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

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Flags of Our Fathers is a film of awesome power and blistering provocation. An amazing feat, since Eastwood is tied to the nonfiction best seller that James Bradley wrote about his father, John “Doc” Bradley, the last survivor among the six soldiers who raised the flag on Iwo Jima...

3.0
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Premiere Magazine

Premiere Magazine

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Flags of our Fathers really loses its way in the final half-hour, when the point-of-view abruptly shifts to James Bradley (played here by Tom McCarthy), who takes on the role of narrator, informing us of what happened to each of these men after the war ended and their names became yesterday's news. It's a jarring switch...

2.0
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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

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It eschews Saving Private Ryan's neatly rounded moral shape because Eastwood, sensibly, asks more questions than he answers. He [Eastwood] has made a flawed movie, but it has the seeds of greatness in it...

4.0
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Film Threat

Film Threat

press

What Flags of Our Fathers is not, however, is moving, evocative, or very unique...

2.0
0

OK but...

Some solid stuff here but also a bit of a yawn at times.

3.0
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Yes, war is shit, in case you didnt know...

A fairly moving story based on a book not named anywhere, but I believe it was "Flyboys", written by James Bradley, about the comrades of his father in one of WW2's bloody battles. It highlights the conflicts (other than the physical) that war imposes upon all during it's times. The affects on individuals, nations and relationships, it's affects on the...

4.0
0

Recommended

Recommended, though the message is the same as every other war film, the 'flag waving' is not overbearing, and the characters intriguing.

4.0
0

Looks great, but hollow.

I disagree. Something about this film was hollow. The 'dramatic' scenes were too over the top for me. Maybe it was the acting which I found a bit plodding. I just didn't buy it. However, the scenes of war are very intense and visually its very slick.

3.0
0

A triumph.

This Clint Eastwood film takes its place among the best of this kind. It clarifies, instructs and above all it inspires us when we realize that such films that reveal the horrible truth about war can not only be made but celebrated by growing numbers of audiences. This towering film will receive much recognition as time plays out. It's a triumph in...

5.0
0

Great.

A first rate film as you'd expect from Eastwood, and far more intriguing than his previous winner 'Million Dollar Baby'. After watching, you can't wait to see the second half from the Japanese perspective. Will be a fascinating sequel.

4.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

Ambitiously tackling his biggest canvas to date, Clint Eastwood continues to defy and triumph over the customary expectations for a film career in "Flags of Our Fathers." A pointed exploration of heroism, the picture welds a powerful account of the battle of Iwo Jima, the bloodiest single engagement the United States fought in World War II, with an ironic and ultimately sad look at its aftermath for three key survivors...

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Clint Eastwood's Flags of Our Fathers does a most difficult and brave thing and does it brilliantly. It is a movie about a concept. Not just any concept but the shop-worn and often wrong-headed idea of "heroism." ...

0
Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

Flags of Our Fathers is a film of awesome power and blistering provocation. An amazing feat, since Eastwood is tied to the nonfiction best seller that James Bradley wrote about his father, John “Doc” Bradley, the last survivor among the six soldiers who raised the flag on Iwo Jima...

3.0
0
Premiere Magazine

Premiere Magazine

press

Flags of our Fathers really loses its way in the final half-hour, when the point-of-view abruptly shifts to James Bradley (played here by Tom McCarthy), who takes on the role of narrator, informing us of what happened to each of these men after the war ended and their names became yesterday's news. It's a jarring switch...

2.0
0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

It eschews Saving Private Ryan's neatly rounded moral shape because Eastwood, sensibly, asks more questions than he answers. He [Eastwood] has made a flawed movie, but it has the seeds of greatness in it...

4.0
0
Film Threat

Film Threat

press

What Flags of Our Fathers is not, however, is moving, evocative, or very unique...

2.0
0

OK but...

Some solid stuff here but also a bit of a yawn at times.

3.0
0

Yes, war is shit, in case you didnt know...

A fairly moving story based on a book not named anywhere, but I believe it was "Flyboys", written by James Bradley, about the comrades of his father in one of WW2's bloody battles. It highlights the conflicts (other than the physical) that war imposes upon all during it's times. The affects on individuals, nations and relationships, it's affects on the...

4.0
0

Recommended

Recommended, though the message is the same as every other war film, the 'flag waving' is not overbearing, and the characters intriguing.

4.0
0

Looks great, but hollow.

I disagree. Something about this film was hollow. The 'dramatic' scenes were too over the top for me. Maybe it was the acting which I found a bit plodding. I just didn't buy it. However, the scenes of war are very intense and visually its very slick.

3.0
0

A triumph.

This Clint Eastwood film takes its place among the best of this kind. It clarifies, instructs and above all it inspires us when we realize that such films that reveal the horrible truth about war can not only be made but celebrated by growing numbers of audiences. This towering film will receive much recognition as time plays out. It's a triumph in...

5.0
0

Great.

A first rate film as you'd expect from Eastwood, and far more intriguing than his previous winner 'Million Dollar Baby'. After watching, you can't wait to see the second half from the Japanese perspective. Will be a fascinating sequel.

4.0
0