Quick post today and off-subject but I am in the mood:
Which is your favourite film actor in a War Movie:
I have assigned my votes now so please add yours (10 for best down to 1)
Update: I have had a slight rethink. there are not enough Korean and Vietnam movies and also I forgot how good Brando is in The Men. At first I though yeah – well he is good but its about wounded men in USA trying to recover from war. But then I thought well actually that is exactly what war is about. So I am adding it. This has changed my voting by moving Burton’s performance in Bitter Victory down one and all my lower entries. Here is the list:
James Coburn in Iron Cross 20
Lee Marvin in The Big Red One
George Peppard in The Blue Max
Jack Palance in 10 Seconds to Hell 7
Lee Marvin in The Dirty Dozen 4
Jack Palance in Attack 6
John Thaw in Goodnight, Mr Tom 8
Richard Burton in The Longest Day 5
Robert Mitchum in Heaven Knows Mr Allison
Robert Shaw in The Battle of Britain 1
Robert Mitchum in The Longest Day
Richard Burton in Bitter Victory 3
Charlton Heston in Midway
Ton Hanks in Saving Private Ryan 7
Robert Downey Jr. in Tropic Thunder 6
Robin Williams in Good Morning Vietnam 5
Cliff Robertson in 633 Squadron 8
Steve McQueen in The War Lover 9
Steve McQueen in The Great Escape 5
Jeff Chandler in Merril’s Marauders 5
Brando in The Men 4
Nick Knolte in The Thin Red Line 3
R. Lee Ermey in Full Metal Jacket (suggested) 12
Robert Duvall in Apocalypse Now (suggested) 9
Gregory Peck in Guns of Navarone (suggested) 4
Steve McQueen in Hell is for Heroes 2
Sylvester Stallone in First Blood 1
Alec Guiness in Bridge on the River Kwai (suggested) 7
William Holden in Bridge on the River Kwai (I thought he was much better) 6
Kirk Douglas in Paths of Glory (suggested) 8
Jurgen Prochnow in Das Boot (suggested) 1
Willem Defoe in Platoon 9
Brando in Apocalypse Now
Robert Mitchum in The Hunters
We could have a category for turkeys I guess:
James Franciscus in The Hell Boats?
Sylvester Stallone in Rambo (suggested)
Ben Affleck in Pearl Harbour (suggested)
Sylvester Stallone for Rambo II, III & IV
Any other suggestions for either category welcome.
11 thoughts on “Film Stars”
For me you cannot beat R. Lee Ermey in Full Metal Jacket. Especially as he wasn't supposed to be in the film, he was hired as a military advisor…
StarsRobert Duvall in Apocalypse NowGregory Peck in Guns of NavaroneAlec Guiness in Bridge on the River KwaiKirk Douglas in Paths of GloryJurgen Prochnow in Das BootTurkeysSylvester Stallone in RamboBen Affleck in Pearl Harbour
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James Coburn in The Iron Cross 10Robert Duvall in Apocalypse Now 9Kirk Douglas in Paths of Glory 8Alec Guiness in Bridge on the river Kwai 7William Holden in Bridge on the River Kwai 6Ricard Burton in The longest Day 5Gregory Peck in Guns of Navarone 4Steve McQueen in The Great Escape 3R. Lee Ermey in Full Metal Jacket 2Jurgen Prochnow in Das Boot 1Ps. I see you've got Jack Palance twice?Pps. For some reason your blog only accepts my posts on the second posting???
I also have Richard Burton twice, Steve McQueen twice, Robert Mitchum twice, and Lee Marvin twice. Need I go on?
You not voting El'Phantasmo? I added Brando in The Men and changed my votes slightly and added some more post-WWII movies.
some films on your list i have not seen, however there are many that didn't make the list which i enjoy…R. Lee Ermey in Full Metal Jacket 10Willem Defoe in Platoon 9John Thaw in Goodnight, Mr Tom 8Ton Hanks in Saving Private Ryan 7Robert Downey Jr. in Tropic Thunder 6Robin Williams in Good Morning Vietnam 5Lee Marvin in The Dirty Dozen 4Nick Knolte in The Thin Red Line 3Steve McQueen in Hell is for Heroes 2Sylvester Stallone in First Blood 1i've included First Blood, even though it takes place 6 years after the end of the Vietnam war, because the character of John Rambo is a mentally ill war veteran who spends time in the film believing he is still in Vietnam fighting against the VC. it is less an action film and more a very astute psychological thriller and very underrated. quite how the sequels came about is beyond me!for my turkey i'd like nominate Sylvester Stallone for Rambo II, III & IV – but i fear there are many worse war films out there. if you're looking for a consistently bad war film actor then Dolph Lundgren's you're man, although most of his war movies are set in the future.i have it, without a doubt biggest turkey (if only for volume of work) is Sir Richard i-can't-say-no-to-a-war-film Attenborough!
We have a clear winner in James Coburn for Cross of Iron. I thought of Steve McQueen in Hell is for Heroes too – don't know why I didn't add it and I agree definitely with the comment about Richard Attenborough – for sheer volume of work.
In the book 'First Blood,' Rambo actually dies at the end, but the Hollywood moguls, as usual, opted for the path most traveled.