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Title Year Length (Minutes) MPAA Rating My Rating
Flags of Our Fathers 2006 132 R 3.5 out of 5 ducks
The battle of Iwo Jima was the first battle during WW II that took place on Japanese soil. On Day 5 of this battle, the American forces captured Mount Suribachi and a group of Marines put up an American flag on top of the mountain and a photo was taken. Shortly after Navy Secretary James Forrestal requested that the flag be sent to Washington as a souvenir. A new flag had to be put up and six soldiers from the different military branches and ethnic backgrounds raised the new flag and a famous photo was taken. The photo made all the papers back home and led the Americans to believe that the battle was over, even though it went on for several bloody weeks afterwards. Once the US Government realized the propaganda value of the photo, they decided to bring home the guys who were in the photo to go on a US tour to help sell government bonds to support the war effort. There was lots of confusion over which flag raising it was, and which soldiers were involved, but when the soldiers were finally identified, 4 were already dead. Doc, Ira, and Rene (who lied and said he was in the photo) flew back to the US for the public relations tour. Doc and Ira didn't like being in the spotlight and were depressed over all the friends they had lost in Iwo Jima. Rene on the other hand loved the spotlight and shined during his 15 minutes of fame. After the war was over, the US government sent the boys back home. Ira was severely depressed and eventually drank himself to death. Rene was very bitter once the spotlight was off of him and lived unhappily. He worked a series of dead end jobs, since none of the offers made to him when he was a "celebrity" didn't pan out when the war was over. Doc lived a happy normal life, but hid his Navy career from those that knew him. He married his high school sweetheart and became a successful undertaker. It wasn't until after his death that his son found his wartime memorabilia and pieced together what truly happened at Iwo Jima. Doc could be quoted as saying "The only heroes were the ones who didn't come back." Moving film reel
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