Mustaches and Minefields: 1970s War Movies

By: Nathan Chandler
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The 1970s were a fascinating era for war movies. World War II was a distant memory, but Korean and Vietnam were fresh in the American consciousness. How much do you know about 70s war movies?

Martin Balsam starred in which 1970s war movie?

Balsam starred in the World War II epic, "Tora! Tora! Tora!" The well-regarded actor won an Academy Award for his role in 1965's "A Thousand Clowns."

Which war film features a character named Walter E. Kurtz?

In "Apocalypse Now," Marlon Brando plays Col. Walter E. Kurtz, a U.S. colonel who has gone more than a bit mad. He ditches the military and becomes the leader of a remote tribe in Cambodia during the Vietnam War.

Who directed the apocalyptic movie titled "Apocalypse Now"?

Francis Ford Coppola directed this dark movie. Coppola, of course, is known for his work with the "Godfather" series of mobster movies.

In one notable film George C. Scott plays the role of which American war hero?

Scott played George S. Patton, the irascible man who became the bane of the Nazi Reich. Scott won the Academy Award for best actor for this role.

Who did NOT star in "The Eagle Has Landed"?

DeNiro wasn't in this film, but Caine, Sutherland and Robert Duvall all had major roles. The movie was released on Christmas in 1976.

Which 70s war movie did Hal Ashby direct?

Ashby directed the enormously successful "Coming Home," a star-studded film with a budget of just $3 million. The movie took in more than $30 million at the box office.

"Coming Home" is a movie about which war?

In "Coming Home," Jane Fonda plays a woman who falls in love with a paralyzed Vietnam War veteran named Luke (Jon Voight). Voight and Fonda both won Academy Awards for their work in this film.

"A Bridge Too Far" is a movie based on what?

The movie was based on a novel of the same name that was written by Cornelius Ryan. The movie was released in 1977.

"Catch-22" is a World War II film set in which area?

The film is set at a base in the Mediterranean. The movie follows men who are slowly losing their grip on reality thanks to the craziness of World War II.

Who directed "Cross of Iron"?

Sam Peckinpah directed this World War II movie, which follows a squad of German soldiers struggling to survive on the Eastern Front.

The movie "Tora! Tora! Tora!" follows the action at which battle?

"Tora! Tora! Tora!" is a dramatic retelling of the attack on Pearl Harbor. The 1970 film actually had three directors -- one American and two Japanese.

In reference to the Pearl Harbor attack, what did "Tora! Tora! Tora!" signify?

With regard to this World War II battle, "Tora!" was a code word that the Japanese used to indicate that they'd successfully initiated the attack with complete surprise. The movie shows the attack from both Japanese and American perspectives.

"Force 10 from Navarone" was a box office flop.

1978's "Force 10 from Navarone" was a sequel to a very successful movie called "The Guns of Navarone," which was released in 1961. "Force 10" didn’t fare as well, as it made only about $7 million on a budget of $10 million.

In what year was "The Boys in Company C" released?

"The Boys in Company C" was released in 1978. It follows the lives of young Marines who train together and then serve during the Vietnam War.

"Breakthrough" is a sequel to what other war film?

"Breakthrough" is a sequel to "Cross of Iron." It was released in 1979 and features some of the same characters from the first movie.

"A Bridge Too Far" follow a storyline that happens during which war?

"A Bridge Too Far," follows a group of Allied soldiers who attempt to seize bridges from the Nazis. The film was directed by Richard Attenborough.

In which war movie does Burt Lancaster star?

In "Zulu Dawn," Lancaster played a character named Col. Durnford. He was famous for his roles in movies such as "The Birdman of Alcatraz" and "Atlantic City."

"Zulu Dawn" is a war movie set in which year?

"Zulu Dawn" is a movie about the British Army as it battles Zulu warriors in South Africa in 1879. The overconfident British overstretch their supply lines…and then things begin to go very, very badly for them.

In which U.S. state was "Slaughterhouse-Five" filmed?

The movie was filmed mostly in Prague, along with scenes set up in Minnesota. The bizarre, scattered story follows a World War II soldier who winds up abducted by aliens.

In "The Eagle Has Landed," who plays the role of Nazi leader Heinrich Himmler?

Donald Pleasence plays the role of the evil Nazi leader named Himmler. The movie revolves around a (totally make-believe) plot to kidnap British Prime Minister Winston Churchill during World War II.

Who did NOT star in "A Bridge Too Far"?

Lancaster didn't appear in this movie. The film featured many stars, including Gene Hackman, Anthony Hopkins and Michael Caine, among others.

What role did Joseph Levine have during the creation of "A Bridge Too Far"?

Levine was the producer for "A Bridge Too Far." He was famous for his involvement in hundreds of other movies, such as "The Producers" and "The Graduate."

In which of the following movies did actor John Cazale perform his final role before dying from cancer?

In "The Deer Hunter," Cazale played a steelworker named Stan, a man who returns to the U.S. after serving in Vietnam. Cazale was deathly ill during shooting. It was his last role before he succumbed to lung cancer.

"Kelly's Heroes" is what type of war film?

"Kelly's Heroes" is a war comedy following a group of American soldiers who decide to go AWOL during World War II. It stars Clint Eastwood, Telly Savalas and Don Rickles, as well as Donald Sutherland.

"Patton" had a budget of about $12 million. How much did the film make at the box office?

"Patton" more than made back its $12 million budget. The film was a hit, earning more than $60 million.

What role did Francis Ford Coppola have in the making of "Patton"?

Coppola completed the script with the help of Edmund North. Much of the script's content was based on a biography titled, "Patton: Ordeal and Triumph."

"The Deer Hunter" follows the lives of Vietnam veterans who live in which part of the country?

The movie is a grim look at the lives of veterans who return to Pennsylvania after the war. It stars Christopher Walken, Robert DeNiro and John Savage.

"MASH" is a movie that's based on a true story.

"MASH" was inspired by a book titled, "MASH: A Novel About Three Army Doctors." The book was published in 1968, the movie followed in 1970.

"MASH" follows the adventures of a medical unit serving during which war?

"MASH" was a black comedy about medical personnel on the front lines of the Korean War. The film's success spawned the ultra-popular television series of the same name.

Which actor plays a role in "Catch-22"?

TV funnyman Bob Newhart plays a man who goes by the moniker Major Major. The film also starred Alan Arkin, Martin Balsam and Charles Grodin.

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