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Old 01-31-2006, 05:40 AM   #1
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Default Hollywood Tank movies

Theres a lot of good Hollywood tank movies out there..and some real stinkers:.
Battle of the Bulge ranks as one of the best for tanks on film for me,but the actors just stunk.
Col. Martin Hessler,played by Robert Shaw of "Jaws" fame was the only one who could be believed in his role.

But the king of tank movies for WWII action:
Kelly's Heroes
What's on your list?
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Old 01-31-2006, 07:24 AM   #2
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Don't remember to have been impressed by any dedicated tank movie in the past, but I remember three novels that impressed me with their realistic (at least I imagined them to be realistic) atmosphere: "Sword Point" and "Silver Star" by Harrold Coyle, "Vortex" by Larry Bond.

General war movies I kept in mind were: "The Thin Red Line" by Terrence Mallick (one of the best movies I've ever seen), "Apocalypse Now" by Coppola, and "Band of Brothers", which I liked better than "Saving Private Ryan". "Ryan" started impressive, but in the end during that battle at the bridge had too much nationalistic sentiments again. BoB was free of this attitude, but else had the same film-technical approach on the matter, thus I found it very impressive. "The Deer Hunter" also was impressive in it's ways, although the decription of the VC must be doubted. The film scores in the psychological field anyway.
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Even though it was about the man I think the tank action in Patton was pretty good.
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Yep,Patton was a good study of the man..
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One of my favorites is "The Beast" about a T-series tank crew hunted in the wilds of Afganistan.
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Worst tank movie ever has to be Tank Girl, made in 1996 I believe. Mighta been 95. Anyway, this chick ends up fightin the Dept. of Water because they are hoarding the worlds most coveted resource. Sucks.
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I have a friend who always derides horror movies, because he just can't get scared of something he knows is not real. He likes to talk about his scariest moment in a movie, the one that made him throw his popcorn and whimper in terror: the scene in Cross Of Iron when the T-34 comes throught the factory wall and there's nowhere to run!
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One of my favorites is "The Beast" about a T-series tank crew hunted in the wilds of Afganistan.
I have to agree with that one. You get lots of footage of an old T-55 I believe. The movie was filmed in Israel so they probably still had lots of captured ones laying about in motor pools.

Another favorite for me is A Bridge Too Far. The German tanks and recon vehicles are fakes but the British Sherman Fireflys are real enough.

For books, my old favorite has always been Brazen Chariots by Robert Crisp, an excellent first person account of the Crusader Battles from the cupola of an M3A1 Stuart.

Interesting tidbit of trivia regarding Kelly's Heroes. The Tiger tanks in the film were constructed on the chassis of Russian T-34 tanks, since not one of the original Tigers which have survived WW2 are in driveable condition. Exactly the same thing was done 28 years later to reproduce a Tiger for the filming of Saving Private Ryan.
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It is a T-55 in The Beast and yes, they are that hot and uncomfortable.
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Overblown though it is that movie had a great line from the Russian tank commander at the end where they're trapped in the stalled out T-55 turret and he's fiddling with a grenade...

"Out of commission, become a pillbox. Out of ammo, become a bunker. Out of time, become heroes."

It has that old time Soviet propaganda panache to it.
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Interesting tidbit of trivia regarding Kelly's Heroes. The Tiger tanks in the film were constructed on the chassis of Russian T-34 tanks, since not one of the original Tigers which have survived WW2 are in driveable condition. Exactly the same thing was done 28 years later to reproduce a Tiger for the filming of Saving Private Ryan.
Actually is there not a drivable Tiger at Bovington in the UK?
Yes in fact:
http://www.tankmuseum.org/home.html

http://www.tiger-tank.com/

Still incomplete (they are looking for some stuff like a radio and other bits) but it runs.
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Old 02-01-2006, 06:48 AM   #12
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Very cool! Great pictures on that site. Looks like it spent many years in restoration but its nice to know there is still one left that can roll under its own power.
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It is a T-55 in The Beast and yes, they are that hot and uncomfortable.
The description on the movie lists the tank as a T-62. I'm pretty certain it's Ti-67/Tiran 5. The Israelis captured the tank in 67, modded it and redesignated it to the Ti-67/Tiran 5, like they did with other captured T-55s.

As a sidenote: The Beast is a great movie.
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I compared it to pics I have of the T-55's in Iraq and I couldn't tell any difference unless they were personal mods made by the crews. The gun is the only reason I woulds say it is a 62.
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