Flags of Our Fathers

Produced by DreamWorks and distributed 2006 by Paramount Pictures, budget of $55 million, gross of $33 million, color 35mm negative, 2.35:1 screen ratio, digital sound, 132 mins.

   
Adam Beach as Pvt. Ira Hayes, Ryan Phillippe as Navy Pharmacist Mate John Bradley, Jesse Bradford as Pvt. Rene Gagnon

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This war narrative tells the story of three survivors of the flag-raising on Mt. Suribachi; it is not a history of the battle of Iwo Jima, of the Marine Fifth Division, nor of the historical context of the Pacific war in 1945. The battle scenes are confusing, the leached color is artificial, and the film wrongly implies that the country would go broke and lose the war without the 7th War Loan.

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