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"Flags of Our Fathers"
'Flags of Our Fathers'
This poignant Clint Eastwood 2006 film was overshadowed by his Letters From Iwo Jima, which was released a few months after Flags and examined the Japanese side of the World War II battle. Flags, though, is definitely worth watching.
Based on the book by James Bradley, the film revolves around the three surviving flag-raisers at Iwo Jimas Mount Suribachi in 1945 who were flown back to the United States by the government to lift the public's flagging morale and to raise money for the war effort. All three young men were filled with guilt for leaving their buddies behind to be put on display as war heroes.
Ryan Phillippe plays John Bradley, an undertaker who never talked about his achievements during World War II with his family. Ira Hayes (Adam Beach) plays an American Indian dealt with prejudice during and after the war. When he left the service, he returned to his reservation in Arizona and drifted into alcoholism and poverty. He was found dead in a ditch in 1955 at the age of 33 after a drunken binge.
Rene Gangon (Jesse Bradford) enjoyed his stint as a celebrity but became disillusioned when his stardom diminished after the end of the war. He ended up holding menial jobs and bitter that his recognition didnt lead to fame and money.