Flags of Our Fathers

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Released 2006

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Director:
Clint Eastwood
Released:
2006
Rating:
R
Flags of Our Fathers is the acclaimed 2006 war drama from movie icon actor turned director Clint Eastwood and prolific screenwriter-director Paul Haggis. The film centers around three young soldiers - John 'Doc' Bradley (Ryan Phillippe), who recalls the incident as an old, guilt-laden man, still thinking about the men who perished on that fateful day when they raised the famous flag on Iwo Jima, Rene Gagnon (Jesse Bradford), who saw a lot less action than his fellow peers, but was still honored as a flag raising hero, and Ira Hayes (Adam Beach), a native American who battled severe alcoholism, racism and depression after all three are thrust into fame and fortune, when a famous photo of six soldiers raising the American flag becomes an iconic symbol of hope and patriotism during the second world war. What the story then depicts is how this affected the three remaining combatants themselves. How they struggled to cope with fame, and why they found it so hard to come to terms with being hailed a hero, when the horrors of their wartime experiences haunted them rigorously.moreless

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  • 100

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    As he did in "Unforgiven," "Mystic River" and "Million Dollar Baby," Eastwood handles this nuanced material with aplomb, giving every element of this complex story just the weight ...

  • 90

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    If Flags of Our Fathers feels so unlike most war movies and sounds so contrary to the usual political rhetoric, it is not because it affirms that war is hell, which it does with un...

  • 90

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    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.

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Drama

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Historical, Biography