Five Came Back

Five Came Back

Five Came Back

The extraordinary story of how Hollywood changed World War II – and how World War II changed Hollywood, through the interwoven experiences of five legendary filmmakers who went to war to serve their country and bring the truth to the American people: John Ford, William Wyler, John Huston, Frank Capra, and George Stevens. Based on Mark Harris’ best-selling book, Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War.

2017Rating: TV-MAUSAAmblin Television
DocumentaryWar

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EPISODE 1.1
1 January 2017

The Mission Begins

As World War II begins, five of Hollywood's top directors leave success and homes behind to join the armed forces and make films for the war effort.

EPISODE 1.2
1 January 2017

Combat Zones

Now in active service, each director learns his cinematic vision isn't always attainable within government bureaucracy and the variables of war.

EPISODE 1.3
1 January 2017

The Price of Victory

At the war's end, the five come back to Hollywood to re-establish their careers, but what they've seen will haunt and change them forever.

Five Came Back / Reviews

RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

A cinephile and historian's dream come true.

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

This is a series about the power of a camera, particularly when there's an artist peering through the lens.

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CNN

CNN

A beautifully rendered ode to the art and power of filmmaking.

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IndieWire

IndieWire

That, really, is the point. Five Came Back is tailor-made for film aficionados.

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Time Magazine

Time Magazine

The three episodes of Five Came Back run a little over three hours total, but the time goes by like a shot.

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

Arguably the best documentary ever made about Hollywood and wartime...

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

A compelling examination of this little-known period of Hollywood history, a great subject that gets its full due here.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

Divided into three parts, this screen adaptation is a companion piece and a stand-alone work, and itself superlative film criticism.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

A film buff's film, a grand creation of American mythology and a slick, entertaining, informative work.

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