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Red White Black & Blue
Red White Black Blue
Actors: William S. Jones, Andrew Petrus, Woodrow Arndt, Ian W. Beaton, Walter Bradshaw
Genres: Television, Educational, Documentary
UR     2008     1hr 26min

Studio: Pbs Release Date: 06/02/2009


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Actors: William S. Jones, Andrew Petrus, Woodrow Arndt, Ian W. Beaton, Walter Bradshaw
Creators: Alex Vendler, Matt Radecki, Jay Clarke
Genres: Television, Educational, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Television, Educational, History
Studio: Pbs (Direct)
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 07/15/2008
Release Year: 2008
Run Time: 1hr 26min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

I knew nothing about ATTU until I saw this documentary-wow
Ariella Vaccarino creator of "Voice | 10/27/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Red, White, Black, and Blue is a great documentary. I saw this film at a film festival in Boston and was really blown away. The true horific tale of what went on on the Island of Attu with our soldiers against Japan is important to know and learn from. The film is historically important as well as heart felt. We watch a man from that battle go back in today's time to visit the battle ground. Really touching. War sucks. I wish all documentaries were this interesting!"
Why didn't we learn about this battle in school?
C. Shellen | 02/09/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I caught Red White Black and Blue on PBS a few weeks ago and was hoping it would come back on so a WWII-buff friend of mine could see it. It's a totally unique take on a part of the war that I'm embarrassed to say I knew nothing about. I can't believe they teach students about Pearl Harbor but neglect to mention that a WWII battle was actually fought on American soil.

The subject alone is fascinating, but I was especially impressed with the style of the documentary. Some documentaries are too nostalgic or dry & dates-driven... this one really lets you experience what happened through the memories of two of the men who fought on Attu. My grandfather fought in WWII, so I really appreciated how open the two veterans were. They don't hold anything back, and it makes for a much more realistic and haunting portrait of combat and post-combat trauma than I've ever seen."
An amazing look at a forgotten battle
Phil Shibano | Austin, Texas | 02/11/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"As an amateur Aleutian Islands historian, for years I've wondered why no one has made a good film about this important and dramatic battle, and I was thrilled to see that this film does just that. This film is a great companion to Brian Garfield's seminal book about the War in the Aleutians, The Thousand-Mile War. Click here to read about that book: Thousand-Mile War: World War II in Alaska and the Aleutians (Classic Reprint Series (Fairbanks, Alaska), No. 4.)

It's not quite what I expected, as in addition to telling the story of the battle (which it does quite well) it also has numerous interviews with a veteran named Bill who survived the battle and has had nightmares about it for the past 60 years. I think that this movie is also one of the best looks I've seen at the tremendous toll that combat takes on the young men who survive it. The DVD also has quite a bit of "bonus material" with more scenes from the film, a slideshow of the island, and some interesting newsreels about the battle from 1943.

I also enjoyed the music in the film and see the soundtrack is for sale here: Red White Black & Blue Motion Picture Soundtrack

A personal view of a forgotten history
James Kenneth Lambert | Minneapolis, MN United States | 02/15/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I know a good deal about the Second World War but I was unaware of Attu until I saw this film. I always enjoy learning new things but what made this documentary special is the fact that it is a personal story. We see the past through the eyes to two very different men who lived it and we are taken on an unpredictable journey with them.

If you are interested in WW II or you just want to see a good doc, check this film out."