Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Ricochet Movie Fight Club: Week 15

 

According to Miffed White Male, the quintessential American movie was The Right Stuff. Enough of you agreed to give him the win, and the right to ask: What’s the most entertaining movie set during WWII?

The Rules:

  • Post your answer as a comment. Make it clear that this is your official answer, one per member.
  • Defend your answer in the comments and fight it out with other Ricochet member answers for the rest of the week.
  • Whoever gets the most likes on their official answer comment (and only that comment) by Friday night wins the fight.
  • The winner gets the honor of posting the next question on Saturday.
  • In the case of a tie, the member who posted the question will decide the winner.

Notes:

  • Only movies will qualify (no TV shows) however films that air on television (BBC films, a stand-alone mini-series) will qualify.
  • Your answer can be as off-the-wall or controversial as you’d like. It will be up to you to defend it and win people to your side.
  • Fight it out.
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  1. repmodad Coolidge

    The Dirty Dozen, official answer. It has a little bit of everything and it is ceaselessly ENTERTAINING: funny, full of action, great actors who know how to bring their characters to life, and a plot that drives the whole thing without slowing down the pace. 

    • #1
    • July 11, 2020, at 10:25 AM PDT
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  2. Arahant Member

    Casablanca. Official answer.

    Now, you may be saying, sure, it’s a great movie, but entertaining? Yes, Rick’s relationships with “Frenchie” and Sam are great entertainment. Who can forget Frenchie’s “shock” over finding gambling going on? It has so many memorable moments and is 102 minutes well spent.

    • #2
    • July 11, 2020, at 10:27 AM PDT
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  3. philo Member

    Mister Roberts

    Official answer.

    • #3
    • July 11, 2020, at 10:31 AM PDT
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  4. Samuel Block Support

    I may have to give A League Of Their Own it’s due. I’m sure better movies will be offered, but it’s tough to beat entertainment-wise.

    Not my final answer…. not yet anyway. Never mind. I got my final answer below.

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    • July 11, 2020, at 10:35 AM PDT
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  5. Sisyphus Coolidge
    Sisyphus Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Kelly’s Heroes

    official answer

    Eastwood, Sutherland, Rickles, Savalas, MacLeod, Margolin, Stanton, O’Connor

    Pure gold from start to finish.

    Sutherland was in this and MASH the same year!

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    • July 11, 2020, at 10:36 AM PDT
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  6. repmodad Coolidge

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Casablanca. Official answer.

    Now, you may be saying, sure, it’s a great movie, but entertaining? Yes, Rick’s relationships with “Frenchie” and Sam are great entertainment. Who can forget Frenchie’s “shock” over finding gambling going on? It has so many memorable moments and is 102 minutes well spent.

    Dang it. I am voting for you while slapping my forehead for passing it up. I don’t know if you’ll win, but this would have been my answer – I just immediately went to more obvious “war” movies in my head. 

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    • July 11, 2020, at 10:36 AM PDT
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  7. Limestone Cowboy Coolidge
    Limestone Cowboy Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    My nomination, and therefore inevitably correct and indisputable is………..

    Kelly’s Heroes… Mordant humor, with echoes of spaghetti westerns and gunslinger movies. Also introduces some hippy-type characters, unlikely for WW2 but still quite funny. Clint Eastwood as Kelly. What’s not to like?

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    • July 11, 2020, at 10:37 AM PDT
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  8. Gossamer Cat Coolidge

    Captain America the First Avenger Official Answer

    • #8
    • July 11, 2020, at 10:38 AM PDT
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  9. philo Member

    Samuel Block (View Comment):

    I may have to give A League Of Their Own it’s due. I’m sure better movies will be offered, but it’s tough to beat entertainment wise.

    Not my final answer…. not yet anyway.

    So very quotable. One of my favorites (use it nearly every day at work):

     

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    • July 11, 2020, at 10:38 AM PDT
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  10. Arahant Member

    repmodad (View Comment):
    Dang it. I am voting for you while slapping my forehead for passing it up.

    I thought the same about yours and @sisyphus‘ entry.

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    • July 11, 2020, at 10:41 AM PDT
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  11. Vince Guerra Member
    Vince Guerra

    Samuel Block (View Comment):

    I may have to give A League Of Their Own it’s due. I’m sure better movies will be offered, but it’s tough to beat entertainment wise.

    Not my final answer…. not yet anyway.

    It’s more entertaining than Casablanca, nowhere near as good, but more entertaining. 

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    • July 11, 2020, at 10:47 AM PDT
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  12. Miffed White Male Member
    Miffed White Male Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    The great escape. Official answer

    Not only a very entertaining movie in its own right, but made even better knowing it’s based on a true story (although extreme liberties were taken)

    • #12
    • July 11, 2020, at 10:51 AM PDT
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  13. Miffed White Male Member
    Miffed White Male Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Sisyphus (hears Xi laughing) (View Comment):

    Kelly’s Heroes

    official answer

    Eastwood, Sutherland, Rickles, Savalas, MacLeod, Margolin, Stanton, O’Connor

    Pure gold from start to finish.

    Sutherland was in this and MASH the same year!

    I see what you did there 

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    • July 11, 2020, at 10:52 AM PDT
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  14. Arahant Member

    Vince Guerra (View Comment):
    It’s more entertaining than Casablanca, nowhere near as good, but more entertaining.

    😜

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    • July 11, 2020, at 10:52 AM PDT
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  15. Miffed White Male Member
    Miffed White Male Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    philo (View Comment):

    Mister Roberts

    Official answer.

    A great movie, with some depth to it. William Powell’s (my favorite actor) final movie role. 

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    • July 11, 2020, at 10:53 AM PDT
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  16. Hoyacon Member

    There are three contenders, two previously mentioned: Kelly’s Heroes and Dirty Dozen. These are worthy and entertaining, but not as worthy or entertaining as The Guns of Navarone (official answer).

    An amazing production with great scenery, considerable star power, and thrills.

    Fabulous score by Dimitri Tiomkin (Yes, scores matter regarding “entertaining”)

    Plus Gia Scala.

    And, like others mentioned above, it’s an actual war movie, not some weasely “set during the years of WWII” movie.

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    • July 11, 2020, at 10:54 AM PDT
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  17. Samuel Block Support

    I think my final answer is gonna be Patton. 

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    • July 11, 2020, at 10:57 AM PDT
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  18. Arahant Member

    Hoyacon (View Comment):
    And, like others mentioned above, it’s an actual war movie, not some weasely “set during the years of WWII” movie.

    Trump won the Presidency by understanding the rules. It wasn’t the highest popular vote, but the Electoral College that matters. Miffed asked the question as he did. Don’t try to remake it in your own image.

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    • July 11, 2020, at 10:57 AM PDT
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  19. Hoyacon Member

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Hoyacon (View Comment):
    And, like others mentioned above, it’s an actual war movie, not some weasely “set during the years of WWII” movie.

    Trump won the Presidency by understanding the rules. It wasn’t the highest popular vote, but the Electoral College that matters. Miffed asked the question as he did. Don’t try to remake it in your own image.

    That’s not a remaking of the question. It’s a preemptive strike.

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    • July 11, 2020, at 10:59 AM PDT
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  20. Sisyphus Coolidge
    Sisyphus Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Arahant (View Comment):

    repmodad (View Comment):
    Dang it. I am voting for you while slapping my forehead for passing it up.

    I thought the same about yours and @sisyphus‘ entry.

    Bogie, Bergman, Henreid, Rains, Veidt, Lorre, Greenstreet, Dooley Wilson in a classic for the ages. This will hinge on how voters define entertaining, and whether WWII is the war or the home front. The script was read by the studio off the stack on December 8th, 1941 and was green lit two weeks later.

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    • July 11, 2020, at 11:08 AM PDT
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  21. Vince Guerra Member
    Vince Guerra

    Doesn’t have to be a war movie, heck even The Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe would qualify.  

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    • July 11, 2020, at 11:09 AM PDT
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  22. Sisyphus Coolidge
    Sisyphus Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Miffed White Male (View Comment):

    Sisyphus (hears Xi laughing) (View Comment):

    Kelly’s Heroes

    official answer

    Eastwood, Sutherland, Rickles, Savalas, MacLeod, Margolin, Stanton, O’Connor

    Pure gold from start to finish.

    Sutherland was in this and MASH the same year!

    I see what you did there

    That one was inadvertent, but thanks for pointing it out. I like Eliot, too.

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    • July 11, 2020, at 11:10 AM PDT
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  23. Sisyphus Coolidge
    Sisyphus Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Kelly’s Heroes (from IMDB Trivia):

    During filming in Yugoslavia in 1969, Donald Sutherland (Oddball) received word, via co-star Clint Eastwood (Lieutenant Kelly), that his then-wife Shirley Douglas was arrested: she had tried to buy–using a personal check–hand grenades from an undercover FBI agent for the Black Panthers. Sutherland recounts this story often, mentioning that when Eastwood got to the part about the personal check, he laughed so hard that he fell to his knees and Sutherland had to help him up. Eastwood then put his arm around Sutherland, walked him down the hill that overlooked the Yugoslavian countryside, and assured his friend of his complete support with his predicament. Sutherland and Douglas, who are the parents of Kiefer Sutherland and twin sister Rachel Sutherland, divorced in 1970.

    The tradition of white communist agitators egging on black militants goes way back.

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    • July 11, 2020, at 11:19 AM PDT
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  24. Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… Member

    Top Secret! Final answer.

    • #24
    • July 11, 2020, at 11:21 AM PDT
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  25. Vince Guerra Member
    Vince Guerra

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Casablanca. Official answer.

    Now, you may be saying, sure, it’s a great movie, but entertaining? Yes, Rick’s relationships with “Frenchie” and Sam are great entertainment. Who can forget Frenchie’s “shock” over finding gambling going on? It has so many memorable moments and is 102 minutes well spent.

    Now don’t get me wrong. Casablanca is every bit the masterpiece everyone says it is, unlike Citizen Kane, or 2001: A Space Odyssey (that’s right, I said it) but there is that long drawn out Paris sequence that finds me heading to the kitchen to fix a snack, not bothering to hit pause.

    In order to be the “most entertaining” I think it needs to hold the attention of most viewers throughout.

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    • July 11, 2020, at 11:23 AM PDT
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  26. ctlaw Coolidge

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Hoyacon (View Comment):
    And, like others mentioned above, it’s an actual war movie, not some weasely “set during the years of WWII” movie.

    Trump won the Presidency by understanding the rules. It wasn’t the highest popular vote, but the Electoral College that matters. Miffed asked the question as he did. Don’t try to remake it in your own image.

    Too bad that The Final Countdown was not a better film.

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    • July 11, 2020, at 11:26 AM PDT
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  27. Arahant Member

    Vince Guerra (View Comment):
    Now don’t get me wrong. Casablanca is every bit the masterpiece everyone says it is, but there is that long drawn out Paris sequence that finds me heading to the kitchen to fix a snack, not bothering to hit pause. 

    Yes, but the train going into the tunnel…that’s entertainment!

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    • July 11, 2020, at 11:30 AM PDT
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  28. Sisyphus Coolidge
    Sisyphus Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Sisyphus (hears Xi laughing) (View Comment):

    Kelly’s Heroes (from IMDB Trivia):

    During filming in Yugoslavia in 1969, Donald Sutherland (Oddball) received word, via co-star Clint Eastwood (Lieutenant Kelly), that his then-wife Shirley Douglas was arrested: she had tried to buy–using a personal check–hand grenades from an undercover FBI agent for the Black Panthers. Sutherland recounts this story often, mentioning that when Eastwood got to the part about the personal check, he laughed so hard that he fell to his knees and Sutherland had to help him up. Eastwood then put his arm around Sutherland, walked him down the hill that overlooked the Yugoslavian countryside, and assured his friend of his complete support with his predicament. Sutherland and Douglas, who are the parents of Kiefer Sutherland and twin sister Rachel Sutherland, divorced in 1970.

    The tradition of white communist agitators egging on black militants goes way back.

    So Kiefer’s long run as an anti-terror officer versus mom sponsoring terror. I’m sure there’s a story in there somewhere.

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    • July 11, 2020, at 11:46 AM PDT
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  29. Brian Wyneken Member

    “Catch-22” was SAC (Strategic Air Command (bombers – post WWII)) de rigor, but my favorite was “Patton.”

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    • July 11, 2020, at 12:13 PM PDT
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  30. Stina Member

    It ALMOST is WWII era, but definitely Hitler era – Indiana Jones.

    I like the Africa setting during the World Wars. There’s still a romanticism there.

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    • July 11, 2020, at 12:15 PM PDT
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