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Classic War Stories (1962)

Region: (unknown)
UPC/Barcode: 5039036022231
Released: 10th October 2005
Release type: Deleted
No. of Discs: (unknown)
Catalogue No: 3034801000
Category: Feature, War
Format: DVD / Box Set
Classic War Stories (1962) (Box Set) (Deleted)

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Story: Box set containing five popular war movies. In 'The Longest Day' (1962), an all-star international cast re-tells the events of the Allied Landings in Normandy in 1944. Events are seen from various points of view, including the Germans', in an epic and spectacular style. Along with the 43 international stars, the film used 23,000 Allied troops and despite costing over $10 million to make, it has now become one of the most successful films of its genre. John Wayne, Robert Mitchum and Henry Fonda head the cast. 'Sink the Bismarck!' (1960) is Lewis Gilbert's dramatic re-telling of the Allied mission in the spring of 1941 to find and destroy Germany's largest battleship, the Bismarck. The story is told from two angles: the ships involved and the war-room in London where Captain John Shepherd (Kenneth More) plots the manouevres using models of the ships. Shepherd has an emotional reason for wanting the battleship sunk, his wife was recently killed in a German raid on London and his son is missing in action, and struggles to keep his emotions in line whilst making decisions that affect hundreds of lives. The final scenes are a mixture of newsreel of the battle and up-dated special effects. 'The Desert Rats' (1953), is an acclaimed World War Two film about a British captain who takes charge of an Australian squad to train them for desert fighting. But his stiff upper lip does not quickly win over his Australian charges. James Mason reprises his role as Field Marshal Rommel from the film 'The Desert Fox' (1951). In 'Twelve O' Clock High' (1949), Colonel Keith Davenport (Gary Merrill) is more of a friend than a commander to his men, a US bomber crew stationed in wartime Britain. After a series of dangerous missions, the pilots are living on their nerves and when Davenport is replaced by the callous General Savage (Gregory Peck), the latter's attempts to whip the crew into shape result in a deluge of requests for transfers. However, young Lieutenent Bishop (Robert Patten) rallies his fellow pilots, and soon they and Savage begin to develop a mutual respect. Finally, 'A Farewell To Arms' (1957) is a a big budget remake of the 1932 original based on the novel by Ernest Hemingway. Rock Hudson stars as the American ambulance driver who falls in love with his nurse (Jennifer Jones) after being wounded in World War One, and deserts his post in order to be with her.

Starring: Rock Hudson, Jennifer Jones, Vittorio de Sica, Alberto Sordi, James Mason, Gregory Peck, Hugh Marlowe, Gary Merrill, Millard Mitchell, Kurt Kasznar, Dana Wynter, Robert Douglas, Dean Jagger, Mercedes McCambridge, Carl Mohner, Torin Thatcher, Robert Arthur, Oscar Homolka, Victor Francen, Laurence Naismith, Robert Newton, John Kellogg, Elaine Stritch, Geoffrey Keeu, Charles Davis, Paul Stewart, Bernd Stephan, John Alderson, Ray Harden, James Lilburn, Robert Patten, Maurice Denham, John O'Malley, Lee MacGregor, Karel Stepanek, Chips Rafferty, Michael Hordern, Charles Tingwell, John Horsley, Ben Wright, Ronald Leigh-Hunt, John Wayne, Robert Mitchum, Henry Fonda, Rod Steiger, Robert Ryan, Robert Wagner, Paul Anka, Fabian, Tommy Sands, Richard Beymer, Mel Ferrer, Richard Burton, Sal Mineo, Roddy McDowall, Stuart Whitman, Curd Jürgens, Steve Forrest, Eddie Albert, Kenneth More, Peter Lawford, Sean Connery, Richard Todd, Michael Medwin, Christopher Lee, Richard Wattis, Jeffrey Hunter, Edmond O'Brien, Red Buttons, Tom Tryon, Alexander Knox, Ray Danton, Ron Randell, Donald Houston, Leo Genn, John Gregson, Leslie Phillips, Irina DeMich, Bourvil, Jean-Louis Barrault, Christian Marquand, Arletty, Paul Hartman, Gert Fröbe, Wolfgang Preiss, Eugene Deckers

Cinematographer: Henri Persin, Walter Woititz, Pierre Levent, Jean Bourgoin

Directed by: Andrew Martin, Robert Wise, Henry King, Charles Vidor, Ken Annakin, Bernhard Wicki, Lewis Gilbert

Music by: Muir Mathieson, Leigh Harline, Alfred Newman, Mario Nascimbene, Maurice Jarre, Paul Anka

Produced by: Robert L. Jacks, Darryl Zanuck, John Brabourne, David O. Selznick, Elmo Williams

Special FX A/V: Robert MacDonald, Jacques Maumont

Written by: Edmund H. North, Richard Murphy, Sy Bartlett, Beirne Lay Jr, Ben Hecht, Romain Gary, Cornelius Ryan, David Pursall, Jack Seddon, James Jones

DVD information

Studio/distributor: 20th Century Fox Home Ent.

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