Which WWII movie makes the best Father’s Day gift?
My father-in-law is a huge war film nut. He’s got a birthday coming up and I wanted to get him a bunch of WWII films. Which ones do you recommend? —Jack W.
With Father’s Day looming, World War II DVDs are prime gift choices (not to say your father-in-law’s birthday isn’t at least as important). I’d go with Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970), director Richard Fleischer’s meticulous re-creation of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, with some masterfully shot battle sequences. Also, one of the greatest of all war movies, The Dirty Dozen (1967), has just come out in a special two-disc edition. It may seem odd to say about a war flick, but The Dirty Dozen is enormous fun, as Lee Marvin whips into fighting shape a bunch of convicts for a secret mission to wipe out a Nazi headquarters. With a supporting dozen that includes everyone from football legend Jim Brown to John Cassavetes (who didn’t want to act — he wanted to direct, but did the movie for the paycheck, and ended up with an Oscar nomination) to ’60s singer Trini Lopez (ask your father if he remembers ”If I Had a Hammer”), this is one terrific action picture.