World War Ii Essay, Research Paper
Without a doubt the actor George C Scott is best known for his role in Patton. In this movie, Patton was part historic warrior, part cowboy, and part hero. The movie is a Hollywood style documentary of General Patton an American Commander during World War II.
At the film’s start Patton stands before a large billboard like American flag and welcomes new recruits that he will be commanding on their missions in Europe. To Patton “War is not about dying for your country. It’s about getting the other people to die for theirs.” Patton says “We are going to kill these Huns by the bushel.” The euphemistic words for the Germans such, as Huns and Krauts remind us of Vietnam films where everyone had a code -name for the enemy. In the movie Patton stands tall and proud as his jeep travels the encampments of his troops with Ivory gripped pistols in there holsters. In one scene Patton visits a hospital and notices that the doctors are not wearing helmets. He is told that they can not use their stethoscopes if they wear helmets. He tells them to drill holes in their helmets so they can. Being a coward was unacceptable to Patton. He threatened to shoot a soldier in the hospital for refusing to get to the front and fight. Ultimately he has to apologize for this in front of his men. He only wished to shame the man into a state of courage.
From the comments, to the walk the dress of the characters, the movie symbolize the archetypal conqueror. Motivated by pride to reach his targets before British Commander “Monty” (Montgomery) he pushes his men to the limits. After the allies have won the war, Patton sees to the rebuilding of Germany in places. At one POW camp he notices that former SS troops are not looking so hot. He tells them that they are soldiers, and men and that they should show a more pride in their appearance. Within a few days, they are marching about within the camp as if they are ready for war. Patton jokes that with his army and these SS troops that he could push the Russians all the way back to Moscow.
The film is great in speeches and idealized leadership. Watching the film can help someone to better realize the greatness inside themselves
This without a doubt is Gary Cooper’s best movie. It is an oldie, but it was ok. This film is a film of two parts. The first part of the film focuses on one man’s life on a farm. This is a very religious man, honorable, and hard working. As World War II is going on he is drafted into the service for the United States Army. During target shooting he hits the bulls-eye again, again and again. York says “I reckon this gun shoots a bit to the left.” His drill instructor has him shoot some more but it s a bulls-eye again and again. It s pretty funny.
After this, York talks to his commanding officer and says that killing is against the book of god. The CO tries to use his limited knowledge of the bible to bring up additional passages to persuade York that sometimes fighting is the honorable thing, but he couldn t. The CO then gives York a book about the history of the United States with information about Daniel Boone and others that fought for freedom so that people could be free to worship as they wish. York is told that he can go home with the book and think about it. If he decides that his beliefs will not allow him to fight then he won’t have to.
He goes home to do some thinking. He finds a quite spot and thinks and thinks. When he returns he understands that sometimes people have to fight for freedoms that matter. This is where the story gets good. York would make a stupid chicken sound to get the enemy to pop up and see what the noise is. He would then shoot them one by one. In one scene his entire unit is getting shot up pretty bad until York knocks out all enemy machine gun bunkers with nothing but his rifle. Afterwards he claims he killed to save lives; the lives of his buddy and everyone who was dying right and left. York and a handful of men capture more than a hundred German prisoners in one battle. At first York thought there were just a few enemies hidden in the trenches but there were a more than he expected. York marches by one Allied base and asks if he could leave his prisoners there. He is told to move on to another place. At this other Allied base he is asked how many are there. The amount he told them amazes the base s commander and he and a few other men personally help York and his few men escort the captured enemies to a rather sizable holding location.
York leaves the war as a hero with parades and medals, but it didn’t matter to him getting home to a land of freedom in his town is all that mattered.
(The film is based on the actual war hero Sergeant York and documents about his amazing accuracy.)