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« on: July 28, 2009, 03:55:53 PM »

Since everyone is going to say 'The Hunt for Red October', and I'm going to agree... let's get it out of the way.

What are the best Cold War movies, in your opinion?
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« Reply #1 on: July 28, 2009, 03:57:51 PM »

No Way Out

Stripes

Hopscotch

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« Reply #2 on: July 28, 2009, 03:59:12 PM »

RED DAWN!
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« Reply #3 on: July 28, 2009, 04:04:06 PM »

Fail Safe

The Bedford Incident

North by Northwest
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« Reply #4 on: July 28, 2009, 04:10:34 PM »

Quote from: Jag on July 28, 2009, 03:59:12 PM

RED DAWN!

Wolverines!
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« Reply #5 on: July 28, 2009, 04:24:56 PM »

Gotcha was fun.
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« Reply #6 on: July 28, 2009, 04:25:26 PM »

Quote from: SkyLander on July 28, 2009, 04:10:34 PM

Quote from: Jag on July 28, 2009, 03:59:12 PM

RED DAWN!

Wolverines!
How can this not be FIRST?!?!
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« Reply #7 on: July 28, 2009, 04:33:17 PM »

Ignoring Dr. Stanglove, how about

Seven Days in May

and


Missiles of October
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« Reply #8 on: July 28, 2009, 04:34:23 PM »

Cloak and Dagger
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« Reply #9 on: July 28, 2009, 04:37:50 PM »

By Dawn's Early Light
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« Reply #10 on: July 28, 2009, 04:38:41 PM »

How about Global Thermonuclear War.

While it may not be the absolute best, it was one of the first to come to mind and it is certainly worth mentioning.
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« Reply #11 on: July 28, 2009, 04:48:50 PM »

Some good stuff in here...

Stripes rules!  Spies Like Us as well...

I know there are some good cloak and dagger style movies (no, not that one that was mentioned) that I'm forgetting...  political intrigue... more serious, high quality stuff...
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« Reply #12 on: July 28, 2009, 05:01:56 PM »

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
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« Reply #13 on: July 28, 2009, 05:04:17 PM »

The Good Shepherd was a decent flick about the formation of the CIA.  and while not entirely about the Cold War the movie Spy Games is excellent.
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« Reply #14 on: July 28, 2009, 05:07:00 PM »

Quote from: Moliere on July 28, 2009, 05:01:56 PM

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« Reply #15 on: July 28, 2009, 05:10:54 PM »

Quote from: Punisher on July 28, 2009, 04:25:26 PM

Quote from: SkyLander on July 28, 2009, 04:10:34 PM

Quote from: Jag on July 28, 2009, 03:59:12 PM

RED DAWN!

Wolverines!
How can this not be FIRST?!?!

And how come no one has said....FIREFOX.

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« Reply #16 on: July 28, 2009, 05:12:49 PM »

Here is a master list:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Culture_during_the_Cold_War#Movies_and_Television

We all missed James Bond  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #17 on: July 28, 2009, 05:17:30 PM »

Quote from: Jag on July 28, 2009, 05:12:49 PM


I wouldn't say I missed him...

I also wouldn't call that anything remotely like a master list...
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« Reply #18 on: July 28, 2009, 05:30:22 PM »

Quote from: kratz on July 28, 2009, 05:17:30 PM

Quote from: Jag on July 28, 2009, 05:12:49 PM


I wouldn't say I missed him...

I also wouldn't call that anything remotely like a master list...

I'll call it anything I want!  Tongue
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« Reply #19 on: July 28, 2009, 05:46:30 PM »

It's been a while since I saw it, but I remember Rocky IV being 100% awesome US Cold War propoganda.  When Drago kills Apollo moments after he gets out of his Uncle Sam costume, you just have to appreciate the filmaker's subtle symbolism. 

Rambo 3 probably deserves some sort of "In retrospect, not a great idea." award.


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« Reply #20 on: July 28, 2009, 05:47:48 PM »

Manchurian Canindate (probably Korean War)
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« Reply #21 on: July 28, 2009, 05:57:28 PM »

Quote from: Jaddison on July 28, 2009, 04:04:06 PM

Fail Safe

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« Reply #22 on: July 28, 2009, 06:05:17 PM »

1984

A Clockwork Orange

Hunt for Red October
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« Reply #23 on: July 28, 2009, 07:46:23 PM »

Quote from: Jaddison on July 28, 2009, 06:05:17 PM

1984

A Clockwork Orange


Huh?
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« Reply #24 on: July 28, 2009, 07:53:42 PM »

The Day After and Threads are two movies i did like a lot.
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« Reply #25 on: July 28, 2009, 08:59:09 PM »

Quote from: kratz on July 28, 2009, 07:46:23 PM

Quote from: Jaddison on July 28, 2009, 06:05:17 PM

1984

A Clockwork Orange


Huh?

Although not about the Cold War per se, they are both about the world that might have prevailed had totalitarianism won.
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« Reply #26 on: July 28, 2009, 09:29:02 PM »

Quote from: Ironrod on July 28, 2009, 08:59:09 PM

Quote from: kratz on July 28, 2009, 07:46:23 PM

Quote from: Jaddison on July 28, 2009, 06:05:17 PM

1984

A Clockwork Orange


Huh?

Although not about the Cold War per se, they are both about the world that might have prevailed had totalitarianism won.

Sheesh.

Let's stay on topic.
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« Reply #27 on: July 28, 2009, 10:04:40 PM »

i think i am gonna have to go with Dr Strangelove..great film
although Wargames was pretty great as well,Ally Sheedy...hmmmm
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« Reply #28 on: July 28, 2009, 10:06:23 PM »

Quote from: Jaddison on July 28, 2009, 04:04:06 PM

Fail Safe

The Bedford Incident

North by Northwest


Three really good ones. My daughters summer school class just watched Fail Safe.

Does DR. STRANGELOVE qualify?

How about "The Third Man".
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« Reply #29 on: July 28, 2009, 10:33:09 PM »

A lot of good ones...

I'm really fishing for 80s, maybe 70s sorts of things that I haven't heard of, or have forgotten about.
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« Reply #30 on: July 28, 2009, 10:45:50 PM »

Quote from: Scuzz on July 28, 2009, 10:06:23 PM

Does DR. STRANGELOVE qualify?
I don't get it, how does Dr. Strangelove not quality - it personifies and typifies all that was the cold war. How many cold war movies have an excellent dual performance by an actor playing an ex-third reich scientist who can barely control his urge to Nazi salute while at the same time portraying a British major trying to remain calm while a US general has a psycho meltdown and attempts to rain down armageddon around him. Definitely the best Cold War themed movie IMO. Please explain to me how it doesn't qualify while Red Dawn does?
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« Reply #31 on: July 28, 2009, 11:13:58 PM »

Quote from: PeteRock on July 28, 2009, 04:38:41 PM

How about Global Thermonuclear War.

While it may not be the absolute best, it was one of the first to come to mind and it is certainly worth mentioning.

Wargames is the first one I thought of too.  thumbsup
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« Reply #32 on: July 28, 2009, 11:21:54 PM »

Quote from: kratz on July 28, 2009, 10:33:09 PM

A lot of good ones...

I'm really fishing for 80s, maybe 70s sorts of things that I haven't heard of, or have forgotten about.

OK on that note, three 70's movies with peripheral cold war plots I'd recommend:

Colossus: The Forbin Project - the dangers of relying on super computer technology for cold war defence
The Andromeda Strain (1971 film version) - the evils of super power's pursuing chemical weapons at all costs.
Three days of the Condor - the terror that results when a cold war intelligence service abrogates from its mandate and turns internally.


Of course if you want a more realistic portrayal of the slow plodding of cold war conspiracy then look no further than the BBC's televised mini series of John Le Carre's Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. I personally consider it to be the best Cold Wars series/movie after Dr. Strangelove.
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« Reply #33 on: July 28, 2009, 11:56:24 PM »

Quote from: kronovan on July 28, 2009, 10:45:50 PM

Quote from: Scuzz on July 28, 2009, 10:06:23 PM

Does DR. STRANGELOVE qualify?
I don't get it, how does Dr. Strangelove not quality - it personifies and typifies all that was the cold war. How many cold war movies have an excellent dual performance by an actor playing an ex-third reich scientist who can barely control his urge to Nazi salute while at the same time portraying a British major trying to remain calm while a US general has a psycho meltdown and attempts to rain down armageddon around him. Definitely the best Cold War themed movie IMO. Please explain to me how it doesn't qualify while Red Dawn does?

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« Reply #34 on: July 29, 2009, 12:17:49 AM »

Though I have only seen it once, and I doubt many in here have seen it at all, the best one in my opinion is Threads. Sadly, the film isn't available on DVD or Blu-Ray (or even VHS for that matter) here in the US. I was a little kid when I saw that film and to this day I can still remember certain parts vividly. It left that much of an impression in my mind. Scary as hell!!!!!! I would probably pay $100 to see that film again.

Here is its IMDB page - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0090163/

I'd also throw Wargames, Dr. Strangelove, Red Dawn, and Failsafe in the top 5.
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« Reply #35 on: July 29, 2009, 02:23:38 AM »

Quote from: kratz on July 28, 2009, 10:33:09 PM

A lot of good ones...

I'm really fishing for 80s, maybe 70s sorts of things that I haven't heard of, or have forgotten about.

Immediately thought of The Package with Gene Hackman.  Serious, definitely slower paced, but really solid.  Though I think you and I have talked about this one already...
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« Reply #36 on: July 29, 2009, 02:42:39 AM »

Quote from: kratz on July 28, 2009, 09:29:02 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on July 28, 2009, 08:59:09 PM

Quote from: kratz on July 28, 2009, 07:46:23 PM

Quote from: Jaddison on July 28, 2009, 06:05:17 PM

1984

A Clockwork Orange


Huh?

Although not about the Cold War per se, they are both about the world that might have prevailed had totalitarianism won.

Sheesh.

Let's stay on topic.

Hey, *I* didn't suggest them. Just helping out Jaddison because my reply (Dr Strangelove) has already been covered. But as somebody who grew up with duck-and-cover drills and fallout shelters, I might have a broader definition of the Cold War than you do.

How about On the Beach? It's certainly a Cold War movie, although much earlier (1959) than your stated period of interest.
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« Reply #37 on: July 29, 2009, 03:07:16 AM »

Quote from: jblank on July 29, 2009, 12:17:49 AM

Though I have only seen it once, and I doubt many in here have seen it at all, the best one in my opinion is Threads. Sadly, the film isn't available on DVD or Blu-Ray (or even VHS for that matter) here in the US. I was a little kid when I saw that film and to this day I can still remember certain parts vividly. It left that much of an impression in my mind. Scary as hell!!!!!! I would probably pay $100 to see that film again.

Here is its IMDB page - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0090163/

I'd also throw Wargames, Dr. Strangelove, Red Dawn, and Failsafe in the top 5.

Yes threads is a very intense movie, it was extremely realistic compared to things like The Day After.   I had a copy of it at one point, but it got lost in a move at one point in my life unfortunately.
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« Reply #38 on: July 29, 2009, 03:26:35 AM »

Quote from: Ironrod on July 29, 2009, 02:42:39 AM

How about On the Beach? It's certainly a Cold War movie, although much earlier (1959) than your stated period of interest.

Good one, definitely one of the better cold war movies ever.
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« Reply #39 on: July 29, 2009, 03:38:32 AM »

Quote from: metallicorphan on July 28, 2009, 11:56:24 PM

Quote from: kronovan on July 28, 2009, 10:45:50 PM

Quote from: Scuzz on July 28, 2009, 10:06:23 PM

Does DR. STRANGELOVE qualify?
I don't get it, how does Dr. Strangelove not quality - it personifies and typifies all that was the cold war. How many cold war movies have an excellent dual performance by an actor playing an ex-third reich scientist who can barely control his urge to Nazi salute while at the same time portraying a British major trying to remain calm while a US general has a psycho meltdown and attempts to rain down armageddon around him. Definitely the best Cold War themed movie IMO. Please explain to me how it doesn't qualify while Red Dawn does?

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Dang...I forgot about his 3rd role in that movie. How sad that he didn't win an Oscar or a Bafta for that performance. If it wasn't for the subject matter, he probably would have walked away with the hardware.
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