There were five Marines and one Navy Corpsman photographed raising the U.S. flag on Mt. Suribachi by Joe Rosenthal on February 23, 1945. This is the story of three of the six surviving servicemen – John 'Doc' Bradley, Pvt. Rene Gagnon and Pvt. Ira Hayes, who fought in the battle to take Iwo Jima from the Japanese.
|Release Date||:||October 18, 2006|
|Genres||:||War, Drama, History|
|Production Company||:||DreamWorks SKG, Amblin Entertainment, Malpaso Productions, Warner Bros.|
|Production Countries||:||United States of America|
|Writers||:||Paul Haggis, William Broyles Jr.|
|Casts||:||Ryan Phillippe, Adam Beach, Jesse Bradford, John Benjamin Hickey, John Slattery, Barry Pepper, Jamie Bell, Paul Walker, Robert Patrick, Neal McDonough, Melanie Lynskey, Chris Bauer, Gordon Clapp, Judith Ivey, Joseph Cross, Benjamin Walker, Alessandro Mastrobuono, Stark Sands, Ann Dowd, Beth Grant, Brian Kimmet, Jason Gray-Stanford, David Rasche, James Newman, Beth Tapper, Shakti Shannon, Scott Eastwood, Michael Cumpsty|
|Plot Keywords||:||world war ii, dying and death, pacific, iwo jima, aftercreditsstinger, duringcreditsstinger|
In two and a half hours Clint Eastwood paints a thought provoking piece on heroism and war-propaganda. The film tells three stories: first it is the WW II battle of Iwo Jima where thousands of soldiers (Japanese and American) died 'conquering' that island. In the style of Saving Private Ryan (Spielberg is a producer of Flags) the viewer gets a astounding look at war with a lot of blood, guts and CGI. Second is the story of a son of one of the flag raisers on that island, who interviews other survivors of that battle to understand his dad a little better. This is very moving stuff, but stands a little pale in comparison to the final storyline. This is where veteran-director Eastwood really shines. Like his meditation on violence Unforgiven, Flags takes a closer look at heroism where soldiers by chance get into the spotlight of the war-propaganda-machine. Some may say that Eastwood made an anti-war film or even an anti-America film, but they're wrong. Flags is very critical on the way war is sold to the public. There's nothing honorable about killing or to be killed on the battlefield. The only thing that matters is that you protect you're friends in your platoon and that they protect you. Flags is one of the best war movies I ever saw, maybe even better than Ryan, because it's never sentimental and always honest in its portrayal of the soldiers and war in general.