War Movie About Just One Battle?
September 6, 2014 9:10 AM   Subscribe

Has there ever been a war movie in which the entire movie depicted just one battle, start to finish? No flashbacks to the home front, no framing devices, not even cutaways to the Generals at HQ in a different location...just the battle?
posted by Bobby Bittman to Media & Arts (15 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
Does Aliens count?
posted by forforf at 9:12 AM on September 6, 2014

Does Gettysburg count?

(The generals were on their way, with their armies.)
posted by Huffy Puffy at 9:13 AM on September 6, 2014

It's been a while since I saw it but I think Culloden fits: on YouTube
Here's the Wiki article.
posted by methroach at 9:20 AM on September 6, 2014 [1 favorite]

Zulu is like that. The entire movie is told from the point of view of Lt. Chard.
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 9:28 AM on September 6, 2014 [4 favorites]

Enemies at the Gate? Not start to finish, but IIRC no great breakaways.

Interesting question, but it would be a hard movie to make without risking utter confusion on the part of an ignorance audience. Hollywood does not like taking risks.
posted by IndigoJones at 10:24 AM on September 6, 2014

Memphis Belle meets most of your criteria, except a few cutaways to HQ.
posted by NoraCharles at 10:35 AM on September 6, 2014

We Were Soldiers I think is mostly just that. There's a little cruft at the beginning, but yeah.
posted by kbanas at 11:02 AM on September 6, 2014

posted by vignettist at 11:45 AM on September 6, 2014

Battle of Neretva is sort of like this, IIRC.

Trivia: Pablo Picasso made the poster for the film, but he was paid in wine, not money.
posted by Sticherbeast at 12:11 PM on September 6, 2014


Tora! Tora! Tora!

And Culloden was AMAZING! You won't be sorry you watched it.
posted by Ruthless Bunny at 1:10 PM on September 6, 2014

I haven't seen it in years but I believe "Hamburger Hill" comes pretty close.
posted by Petersondub at 1:15 PM on September 6, 2014

The Beast of War, aka The Beast.
posted by IndigoJones at 2:06 PM on September 6, 2014

Battle of the Bulge
Bridge at Remagen
The Longest Day
The Battle of the River Plate
Sink the Bismarck
A Bridge too far
Hamburger Hill
posted by biffa at 2:41 PM on September 6, 2014

posted by lalunamel at 9:46 PM on September 6, 2014

Zulu 1964. Tightly focused on a single outpost with a garrison of 150. Excellent movie, based on a true story. Made a star out of Michael Caine.
posted by Homer42 at 8:02 AM on September 7, 2014

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