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Five Came Back

By Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Doc tells story of how movies rallied the USA during WWII.

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Five Came Back

An intriguing, informative and well-produced program with some really value. On one hand, Five Came Back paints the backdrop for the five famous 20th-century directors it features, and explains what these Hollywood legends did for the war effort; on the other hand, it highlights once again the horrors of war, sobering us with authentic clips from the past and reminding us of the reality of World War II. World-class directors taking us on a tour of the lives of now deceased world-class directors is a clever concept, and I think Five Came Back just might prove something of a revelatory watch, even in a small way. I hope everyone else can "get something out of it" as well. No sexual content, but here's the language I found: 19:34 - d*mn 22:50 - sh** 32:50 - d*mned 38:40 - (possibly) Son-of-a-b**** 39:56 - G*d-d*mned 40:28 - JC 41:52 - d*mnit 54:40 - h*ll 57:57 - *ssholes

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Too much swearing

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This documentary series is slow-moving at first, but it becomes absolutely riveting as it moves into wartime filmmaking. The first episode spends a significant amount of time explaining the history of each director's feature film legacy in Hollywood, their personalities, and their personal thoughts about the war. It's interesting enough for film buffs for sure, but the real heart of the documentary begins when the directors dig into the war effort. The archival footage of both the American troops and American citizens at home give viewers a deep sense of what it was like to live at the time of WWII. Footage of the leaders of the Axis powers, some of which was brilliantly used by Capra against them in American propaganda films, is chilling. Five Came Back sheds a new light on unexpected war heroes -- Hollywood directors -- who may in some ways have turned the tide of American opinion toward the war effort more than most ever knew before this documentary.

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