This week, MovieZoot.com highlights just 4 of the powerful classic wartime movies in our collection featuring 1945’s A Walk In The Sun with Dana Andrews and Richard Conte, 1987’s Deadline with Christopher Walken and Hywel Bennett, 1984’s The Glory Boys with Rod Steiger and Anthony Perkins, and 1964’s Zulu with Stanley Baker and Michael Caine. Each movie is a forceful story with a strong and twisted plot revealing both the hell and sometimes the humanity of war.
A Walk in the Sun is a 1945 black & white war drama directed by Lewis Milestone, starring Dana Andrews, Richard Conte, George Tyne and John Ireland telling the story of a WWII platoon of American soldiers that trudge through the Italian countryside in search of a bridge they have been ordered to blow up, encountering danger and destruction along the way.
Deadline – Christopher Walken and Hywel Bennett
Deadline, also released under the name “Witness in the War Zone,” is a 1987 Nathanael Gutman war drama starring Christopher Walken, Hywel Bennett, Marita Marschall and Arnon Zadok telling the story of an ace reporter assigned in Beirut during the Lebanese civil war of 1983 when he is duped, set-up and uncovers a murderous plot to kill hundreds of civilians. Walken performs this role flawlessly.
The Glory Boys – Rod Steiger and Anthony Perkins
The Glory Boys is a 1984 Michael Ferguson 3-part war drama staring Rod Steiger, Anthony Perkins, Alfred Burke and Joanna Lumley telling the story of an alcoholic ex-government agent who is brought back into service to stop two opposing terrorist organizations plotting to assassinate an Israeli nuclear scientist. This is not Steiger’s best performance, but the plot is strong and the story is intriguing.
Zulu – Stanley Baker and Michael Caine
Set in 1879, Zulu is the 1964 Cy Endfield grand-scale, historical war drama starring Stanley Baker, Jack Hawkins, James Booth and Michael Caine, telling the story of the Zulu nation having stood up to the British forces handing them a resounding defeat, go on to the smaller battle of Rorke’s Drift. Narrated by Richard Burton, this epic and iconic film is treasured within the 500 Greatest Films by both Total Film and Empire magazines.