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Flags of Our Fathers (2006)


Action, Adventure, Drama |

Flags of Our Fathers is a American war film directed, co-produced, and scored by Clint Eastwood and written by William Broyles Jr. and Paul Haggis. It is based on the 2000 book of the same name written by James Bradley and Ron Powers about the 1945 Battle of Iwo Jima, the five Marines and one Navy corpsman who were involved in raising the flag on Iwo Jima, and the aftereffects of that event on their lives.

Until June 23, 2016, Bradley’s father John Bradley, Navy corpsman, was misidentified as being one of the figures who raised the second flag, and incorrectly depicted on the memorial as the third bronze statue from the base of the flagstaff with the 32-foot (9.8-m) bronze statues of the other five flag-raisers on the monument.

As three US servicemen – Marine Private First Class Ira Hayes, Private First Class Rene Gagnon, and Navy Corpsman John “Doc” Bradley – are feted as heroes in a war bond drive, they reflect on their experiences via flashback.

After training at Camp Tarawa in Hawaii, the 28th Marine Regiment 5th Marine Division sails to invade Iwo Jima. The Navy bombards suspected Japanese positions for three days. Sergeant Mike Strank is put in charge of Second Platoon.

The next day, February 19, 1945, the Marines land in Higgins boats and LVTs. The beaches are silent and Private First Class Ralph “Iggy” Ignatowski wonders if the defenders are all dead before Japanese heavy artillery and machine guns open fire on the advancing Marines and the Navy ships. Casualties are heavy, but the beaches are secured.

Director: Clint Eastwood

Writers: William Broyles Jr. (screenplay), Paul Haggis (screenplay), James Bradley (book), Ron Powers (book)

Stars: Ryan Phillippe, Barry Pepper, Joseph Cross, Adam Beach, Jesse Bradford, Paul Walker, Jamie Bell


Ryan PhillippeJohn “Doc” Bradley
Jesse BradfordRene Gagnon
Adam BeachIra Hayes
John Benjamin HickeyKeyes Beech
John SlatteryBud Gerber
Barry PepperMike Strank
Jamie BellRalph “Iggy” Ignatowski
Paul WalkerHank Hansen
Robert PatrickColonel Chandler Johnson
Neal McDonoughCaptain Severance
Melanie LynskeyPauline Harnois
Tom McCarthyJames Bradley
Chris BauerCommandant Vandegrift
Judith IveyBelle Block
Myra TurleyMadeline Evelley
Joseph CrossFranklin Sousley
Benjamin WalkerHarlon Block
Alessandro MastrobuonoLindberg
Scott EastwoodLundsford (as Scott Reeves)
Stark SandsGust
George GrizzardJohn Bradley
Harve PresnellDave Severance
George HearnWalter Gust
Len CariouMr. Beech
Christopher CurryEd Block
Bubba LewisBelle’s Young Son
Beth GrantMother Gagnon
Connie RayMrs. Sousley
Ann DowdMrs. Strank
Mary Beth PeilMrs. Bradley
David Patrick KellyPresident Truman
Jon PolitoBorough President
Ned EisenbergJoe Rosenthal
Gordon ClappGeneral “Howlin’ Mad” Smith
Michael CumpstySecretary Forrestal
V.J. FosterMajor on Plane
Kirk B.R. WollerBill Genaust
Tom VericaLieutenant Pennell
Jason Gray-StanfordLieutenant Schrier
Matt HuffmanLieutenant Bell
David HornsbyLouis Lowery
Brian KimmetSergeant Boots Thomas
David RascheSenator
Tom MasonJohn Tennack
Patrick DollaghanBusinessman
James NewmanLocal Politician
Steven M. PorterTourist
Dale WaddingtonTourist’s Wife (as Dale Waddington Horowitz)
Lennie LoftinJustice of the Peace
David ClennonWhite House Official
Mark ThomasonMilitary Censor
Oliver DavisYoung James Bradley
Sean MoranWaiter
Lisa DodsonIggy’s Mother
John NielsenSenator Boyd
Jon KellamSenator Haddigan
Ron FasslerSenator Robson
Denise VlasisLuncheon Singer (as Denise Bella Vlasis-Gascon)
Jenifer MenedisLuncheon Singer
Joie ShettlerLuncheon Singer
Vivien LesiakLuncheon Singer
John Henry CanavanJailer
Donn EmersonNavy Lieutenant on Plane
Jayma MaysNurse in Hawaii
Yukari BlackTokyo Rose (voice)
John HoogenakkerFuneral Home Employee
Barry SigismondiPolice Sergeant
William CharltonBartender
Beth TapperBar Car Beauty
Shannon Gayle HurdBar Car Beauty #2 (as Shannon Gayle)
Jim CantafioReporter (in LA) #1
Mark ColsonReporter (in LA) #2
Danny McCarthyReporter (in Chicago) #1
Patrick NewReporter (in Chicago) #2
James HoranReporter (in NYC)
Michael CanavanReporter at Hansen’s
Erica GrantSecretary
Silas Weir MitchellLab Tech
George CambioLab Tech #2
David S. BrooksSergeant A Company
Joi JohannssonSergeant on Beach (as Johann Johannson)
Martin DelaneyMarine at Cave
Daniel ForceyMarine on Beach
Björgvin Franz GíslasonImpaled Marine (as Bjorgvin Franz Gislason)
Darri IngolfssonWounded Marine (as Darrin Ingolfsson)
Hilmar GuðjónssonWouned Marine #4
Jeremy MerrillMarine in Shellhole
Jeremiah BitsuiYoung Indian
John MaloneyPilot
Dick ‘Skip’ EvansPilot (as Skip Evans)
Karl GulledgePilot
Michael AhlSenator (uncredited)
Brian Eric AlexanderFuneral Attendant (uncredited)
Tex AllenRetired Iwo Jima Marine Corps Captain (uncredited)
Mark T. AndersonBusiness Man (uncredited)
Martin AndrisSoilder (uncredited)
Erik AudeOfficer (uncredited)
David BlockBusboy (uncredited)
Dale CabaPhotographer (uncredited)
Jacare CalhounBlack Soldier (uncredited)

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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