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When we were soldiers
Bridge over the river Kwai
Band of Brothers mini series was well done, a few humor lines in it.
Saving Private Ryan opening ten minutes is one of the most intense segments filmed for movies. No humor, just intense you forget about the time.
Not a classic but some humor in war: Edge of Tomorrow. Story is aliens are taking over and a time anomaly allows the main character to restart from his/her 'last save' like a video game, learning each time. Initial battle scene is much like Saving Private Ryan.
One of my favorite classic war movies is "Battleground". It centers around a unit of the 101st airborne division during the siege of Bastogne.
That's it for humorous....
Occurrance at Owl Creek Bridge
Just some of my favorites. Not very humorous though.
The General from the movie White Christmas.
Sleepless in Seattle
Rom-coms usually start some kind of war over what I’m being forced to watch.
If you like slapstick, the soon-to-be-conscripted Norman Wisdom in The Square Peg should tick the boxes.
And the last half hour or so of Private Ryan.
Everyone seems to have forgotten battle of Britain thats one of my faves .
Not really any humor, but two of my favorites not already mentioned are:
the Blue Max- George Peppard leaves the WWI German trenches and becomes an Ace fighter pilot (great flying scenes PLUS Ursula Andress is AMAZING!)
Paths of Glory-Kirk Douglas plays a French WWI Colonel opposing incompetent, career-oriented Generals, seemingly indifferent to the slaughter of their own soldiers (a very under rated movie). Stanley Kubrick directed.
That movie was banned in France for many years, due to its unflattering portrayal of the Generals.
Director Stanley Kubrick has directed some of the best...Dr Strangelove and Full Metal Jacket were already mentioned...I would also throw Spartacus in there, for its ancient Roman warfare.
Not Kubrick, but Twelve O'Clock High is an excellent war story as well as a superb study in leadership...note how General Savage (Gregory Peck) motivates each of his subordinates differently, from Sergeants to Lt Colonels. I remember studying this movie as a lesson in leadership, when I was a young Marine Corps Lieutenant.
As mentioned, Saving Private Ryan is a classic.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Grande_Vadrouille is awsome too, a very funny comedy - watch it in French with English subtitles!
This one i ve seen numerous times !
Frank and Jane found Platoon amusing:
I saw the orininal version of From here to eternity some time ago on television. First I saw it way back in the seventies. Not the original but a mini series with a young Kim Basinger.
Maybe it's been a while, but I don't remember any humor in Apocalypse Now- maybe dark humor like " I love the smell of napalm in the morning "
Or Brando/ Sheen:
" Do you question my method?"
" Frankly sir, I don't see a method"
It's just too unsettling or disturbing a movie start to finish, for me to equate as having humor- but I could be wrong about certain parts.
The Dirty Dozen had humor in it, love that one.
HBO's Series, Band of Brothers is just a fantastic study of WWII (I think, as I was not there) just great filming of the scenes/events, dialogue from a great ensemble cast.
The humour is from the discrepancies between the behiavour of the leading general and him being totally insane.
The american helicopters destroy a whole village, then when the asian folks blow up the american helicopter in charge of the taking the wounded soldiers away, his reaction is "savages..."
His obsession with surf in the middle of the battle was also pretty funny. Most of the humour comes from him.
Funny? Good Morning Vietnam. Robin Williams at his peak.
Pork Lips Now turned out to be a psychological thriller/set 'em up and cut 'em down with a bunch of olive drab stuff in the background. Now, mind you, it is an amazing, pioneering film. It came out right when I began working as a sound designer for video and film and set the tenor for my career.
Yes...The insanity and absurdity of the whole situation is the "humor". Col Kilgore (Robert Duvall) attacks a beach village, not for its military value, but because the surfing is good.
We fought many battles in Viet Nam to take a particular hill occupied by the enemy, then abandoned it after we captured it and the NVA reoccupied it.
Every day, the Army soldiers destroyed that Do Long bridge, but every night Charlie rebuilt it...
We send Playboy bunnies to entertain out troops in the middle of the jungle...surreal.
Col Kurtz (Marlon Brando) recognizes the absurdity when he says "we train men to drop napalm on the enemy, but we won't let them write "F**k" on their aeroplanes, because it is obscene." The killing is okay but lets not use bad words...?!?!?!?
Martin Sheen was supposed to kill one of our own Colonels because...he was successful...and doing it his own way. Huh????
Sheen's character says something to the effect of "prosecuting Kurtz for murder in this war zone is like handing out speeding tickets at the Indy 500. There's enough insanity to go around for everyone."