Miracle At St. Anna

September 2008160 minutes
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Directed by Spike Lee, MIRACLE AT ST. ANNA follows four members of the U.S. Army's all-black 92nd Infantry Division, the Buffalo Soldiers, that are trapped behind enemy lines after one of them risks his life to save a traumatized Italian boy. Separated from their unit, they find themselves in a remote Tuscan village where they experience the tragedy and the triumph of war. Based on the highly praised novel by James McBride, and filled with exceptional battle scenes and action, it's a gripping and inspiring story that will touch the goodness within us all and never let go.
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Writer-director Spike Lee's epic portrayal of the life and times of the slain civil rights leader Malcolm X begins with the cross-cut imagery of the police beating of black motorist Rodney King juxtaposed with an American flag burning into the shape of the letter X. When the film's narrative begins moments later, it jumps back to World War II-era Boston, where Malcolm Little (Denzel Washington) is making his living as a hustler. The son of a Baptist preacher who was murdered by the Ku Klux Klan, Little was raised by foster parents after his mother was deemed clinically insane; as an adult, he turned to a life of crime, which leads to his imprisonment on burglary charges. In jail, Little receives epiphany in the form of an introduction to Islam; he is especially taken with the lessons of Elijah Mohammed, who comes to him in a vision. Adopting the name 'Malcolm X' as a rejection of the 'Little' surname (given his family by white slave owners), he meets the real Elijah Mohammed (Al Freeman, Jr.) upon exiting prison, and begins work as a spokesman for the Nation of Islam. Marriage to a Muslim nurse named Betty Shabazz (Angela Bassett) follows, after which X spearheads a well-attended march on a Harlem hospital housing a Muslim recovering from an episode of police brutality. The march's success helps elevate X to the position of Islam's national spokesperson. There is dissension in the ranks, however, and soon X is targeted for assassination by other Nation leaders; even Elijah Mohammed fears Malcolm's growing influence. After getting wind of the murder plot, X leaves the Nation of Islam, embarking on a pilgrimage to Mecca that proves revelatory; renouncing his separatist beliefs, his oratories begin embracing all races and cultures. During a 1965 speech, Malcolm X is shot and killed, reportedly by Nation of Islam members.
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From Academy Award-winning director Clint Eastwood (モMillion Dollar Baby,ヤ モUnforgivenヤ) comes the World Was II epic "Flags of Our Fathers,ヤ produced by Eastwood, Academy Award winner Steven Spielberg (モSaving Private Ryan,ヤ モSchindlerメs Listヤ), and Rob Lorenz (モMystic Riverヤ). February 1945. Even as victory in Europe was finally within reach, the war in the Pacific raged on. One of the most crucial and bloodiest battles of the war was the struggle for the island of Iwo Jima, which culminated with what would become one of the most iconic images in history: five Marines and a Navy corpsman raising the American flag on Mount Suribachi. The inspiring photo capturing that moment became a symbol of victory to a nation that had grown weary of war and made instant heroes of the six American soldiers at the base of the flag, some of whom would die soon after, never knowing that they had been immortalized. But the surviving flag raisers had no interest in being held up as symbols and did not consider themselves heroes; they wanted only to stay on the front with their brothers in arms who were fighting and dying without fanfare or glory. ムFlags of Our Fathersメ is based on the bestselling book by James Bradley with Ron Powers, which chronicled the battle of Iwo Jima and the fates of the flag raisers and some of their brothers in Easy Company. Bradleyメs father, John モDocヤ Bradley, was one of the soldiers pictured raising the flag, although James never knew the full extent of his fatherメs experiences until after the elder Bradleyメs death in 1994. The ensemble cast of モFlags of Our Fathersヤ includes Ryan Phillippe (モCrashヤ), Jesse Bradford (モHappy Endingsヤ), Adam Beach (モWindtalkersヤ), Paul Walker (モInto the Blueヤ), Jamie Bell (モBilly Elliotヤ), Barry Pepper (モSaving Private Ryanヤ) and John Benjamin Hickey (モFlightplanヤ). Clint Eastwood directed モFlags of Our Fathersヤ from a screenplay adapted by William Broyles, Jr. (モCast Awayヤ) and Oscar winner Paul Haggis (モMillion Dollar Baby,ヤ モCrashヤ).
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