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The Great Escape? Von Ryan's Express? Stalag 17? Or, for a really depressing one, The Outsider, the story of Ira Hayes, one of the flag-raisers at Iwo Jima.

Oliver Mannion

What the Heck are you talking about dad. We knew it wouldn't end happily we were just weirded out it just ended. No real last line nothing to end the movie at all just the family walking off into the sunset. Plus what about Glory. Sure it had that thing at the end but still. Oh and that Young Indiana Jones movie too. What about that?

mac macgillicuddy

The first movie I recall seeing that didn't have a happy ending was either Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid or The Graduate...still two of my favorite movies (The Graduate being #3 on my list of all-time best). It was many years later, though, when I was older and more perceptive, before I realized that The Graduate doesn't have a happy ending.

Roy edroso

You haven't shown them Chinatown yet? What kind of a father are you?

Ed D.

This post triggered a memory of a great story from D-Day as told by Stephen Ambrose in his D-Day book. Pegasus Bridge. Major John Howard (a Brit) and his force landed in gliders near Bénouville in Normandy with the objective of taking the bridge. It was defended by Col. Hans Von Luck... a panzer commander.

Years later Stephen Ambrose was leading a tour of the area and had John Howard on the bus to help explain the battle. As they were about to pull out a man came up and knocked on the bus door. Turned out to be Hans Von Luck. He and Howard became great friends and reportedly met every year at a cafe in the town.

The battle is a scene in The Longest Day with actor Richard Todd playing John Howard. Todd was actually in the battle, under the command of Howard.


I'd have to agree with Linkie: probably the Great Escape, altho that's qualified with the "but SOME of them get away".

Still, Steve McQueen walking back into the cooler at the end...a little bittersweet.

This does raise the point that Americans can't make a realistic movie without cradling it in some big lesson learned about (insert subject here), or without an upbeat sunrise or something. Life just don't work that way. It can be brutish and nasty and you have to scrape yourself up off the floor and dust yourself off and that's the best you can expect.


There's the Wild Bunch, which suggests that just beyond the buzzards is an agarian paradise (but in a very soft-focus kinda way). The kids oughta love the Wild Bunch though. There are children throughout the movie in brief but very important roles--at the start, at the middle (in the General's battle scene), and at the end.


I just watched "A Woman in Berlin," which the kids shouldn't see yet. Now that's a movie with some realism.


I'm surprised no one mentioned Old Yeller yet...


My father and I were trying to remember the movie we saw when I was a kid during which I turned to him and Mom and said, "Daddy, why are we watchng this movie?" It was Bandolero! It took me years and years of watching 1940s and Hitchcock Jimmy Stewart movies to like him again.

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