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    If you were director of a blockbuster war movie, who would you pick to be the main character/hero/soldier in the movie. This is based on past work from the 40's till present. Some movies listed are not great movies but did the actors play a role suitable for them.
    153
    John Wayne, Longest Day/Green Berets
    22.22%
    34
    Michael Caine , Bridge too far/Battle of Britain
    20.26%
    31
    Michael Biehn ,The Rock/Navy Seals/Aliens
    1.31%
    2
    Audie Murphy, To Hell and Back
    9.15%
    14
    Sean Connery, Longest Day/Bridge too Far
    7.84%
    12
    Eric Bana, Blackhawk Down
    4.58%
    7
    Mel Gibson, We Were Soldiers/Braveheart
    7.84%
    12
    Tom Sizemore BlackhawkDown/Saving Private Ryan
    7.19%
    11
    Tom Hanks Saving Private Ryan
    15.03%
    23
    Ed Harris The Rock/Enemy at the gates
    4.58%
    7
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  • #2
    Some good choices there,but have to go with the Duke..

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    • #3
      It depends on the movie really. I voted for Sean Connery because he's actually alive now. But my heart was also with John Wayne. But it really depends on the movie. For a better movie; give me Connery, Cain, Duke, Van Johnson.
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      • #4
        Audie Murphy, To Hell and Back :thumb:

        Army

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        • #5
          Had to go with the Duke. However, Van Johnson in Battleground and Go for Broke was excellent.
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          • #6
            Went with Connery.

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            • #7
              I've got to go with John Wayne just based on the volume of his work. Of newer actors I think Tom Sizemore has been consistantly good in military roles back to his days as a guest star on "China Beach".
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              • #8
                WITHOUT A DOUBT JOHN WAYNE. HE WAS THE WAR HERO FOR YEARS.
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                • #9
                  Both an Iwo veteran and a Bulge veteran that I know despise
                  Wayne BECAUSE of his war movies. They think he should have stuck with playing cowboys. "The Green Berets" is astonishing in it's cluelessness.

                  My vote is for Jurgen Prochnow for "Das Boot"

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Air Pirate
                    Both an Iwo veteran and a Bulge veteran that I know despise
                    Wayne BECAUSE of his war movies. They think he should have stuck with playing cowboys. "The Green Berets" is astonishing in it's cluelessness.

                    My vote is for Jurgen Prochnow for "Das Boot"
                    "The Green Berets" hasn't "aged" that well because many of our perceptions of the Vietnam War are MUCH different than when the movie was released............
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                    • #11
                      Don't forget the Duke's Sands of Iwo Jima. I also enjoyed Robert Mitchum's role as General Cota in Longest Day.

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                      • #12
                        Were is Band of Brothers

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                        • #13
                          Ok, I know people will want to kill me after I write this, but in my opinion John Wayne was ANYTHING but a good actor. The man played himself in EVERY MOVIE HE DID!!! There isn't anything different in anything he did. It's always the same slow speach, the same mannerisms. I don't even remember him making more than two different facial expressions in one film.

                          I voted for Tom Hanks. He's one of the few actors that I've seen really portray the fatigue and misery of war in a convincing way. Pretty much all of the actors in the war films of the 50's and 60's used the same stylized over-acting. The acting in The Longest Day makes me cringe. The way it's shot is remarkable, but the performances in general were pretty bad.

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                          • #14
                            Just can't get my hands to vote against the Duke. They won't do it. If I could vote for 2, Mel Gibson would be the other.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Stage
                              Ok, I know people will want to kill me after I write this, but in my opinion John Wayne was ANYTHING but a good actor. The man played himself in EVERY MOVIE HE DID!!! There isn't anything different in anything he did. It's always the same slow speach, the same mannerisms. I don't even remember him making more than two different facial expressions in one film.

                              I voted for Tom Hanks. He's one of the few actors that I've seen really portray the fatigue and misery of war in a convincing way. Pretty much all of the actors in the war films of the 50's and 60's used the same stylized over-acting. The acting in The Longest Day makes me cringe. The way it's shot is remarkable, but the performances in general were pretty bad.

                              Ok, you may commence firing.








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                              You have failed to realize there is a huge difference between being an actor and being a star. John Wayne wasn't there to play a role,......... John Wayne was there to play the American icon he had become, the two fisted, gun toting defender of Americana.........
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