Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Fire on the Mountain|
Actor: Steve Kanaly
Director: George Gage;Beth Gage
Genres: Drama, Educational, Military & War
The documentary film Fire on the Mountain, directed by Beth & George Gage, tells the amazing and powerful story of America's only mountain and winter warfare fighting unit, the 10th Mountain Division. — Composed of an elite... more »
Where's the (Bob Dole) outrage?
qqviewer231 | Anywhere, USA | 10/31/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I just finished seeing this film that I got from Amazon and it has everything good mentioned in the other reviews (professional and customer), but when it comes to listing the post war accomplishments of 10th Mountain Division members (which were considerable), it leaves out 10th Mountain member Sen. Bob Dole, a man who went on to become Majority and Minority Leader of the US Senate. This is an outrage. Guys who founded ski resorts and the Sierra Club are worthy of mention, but a US Senate leader who overcame years of rehabilitation from his WWII wounds (he still doesn't have use of one arm) is not deamed worthy of mention by the artsy types who made this film. Could he have been left out because he is a Republican? I bet if Bob Dole were a Democrat leader in the Senate, that would have been featured prominantly in this film that won a prize at the Sundance Festival.
Leaving Bob Dole out this film is an outrage and a testament to the mean spiritedness of the "tolerant" Hollywood elites. It also is a "1984" or Soviet style attempt to rewrite History. The "artists" should be ashamed of themselves."
Regarding Dole... might be a reason he was not included...
firstname.lastname@example.org | 01/10/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I agree that Dole's absence is curious, and if done for political reasons, unpleasant. However, Dole apparently joined 10th Mountain in Feb. 1945 and didn't undergo the training in the Colorado Rockies that most of this film is focused on (http://www.life.com/Life/lifebooks/military/intro.html). That might be why the movie didn't interview him -- only talking with either the filmmakers or Dole himself will settle the question.
Anyhow, about the movie -- it's good enough, I suppose. The use of a harmonica during some of the narration is hokey, but tolerable. I wish there was more discussion of how all that training specifically came in handy; I wish there were more war stories here period. Otherwise the film just comes across as a bunch of guys having fun until late in the war, while other soldiers are fighting and dying."