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Patriotic Films - 28/5/2012 7:16:02 PM   
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As a complementary thread to the Patriotism Thread in Off-Topic, what are the most patriotic films? The ones that make the residents of a country proud to be residents of that country. So, not necessarily British films making us proud to be British, but what might we surmise would make others proud of their countries?

I reckon Incanus is really proud to be Greek when he watched My Big Fat Greek Wedding, for instance.


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RE: Patriotic Films - 28/5/2012 7:18:24 PM   
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RE: Patriotic Films - 28/5/2012 7:22:43 PM   
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In much the same way as George Bush enjoys born in the USA, I would imagine many Americans get quite patriotic when watching Team America.

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RE: Patriotic Films - 28/5/2012 7:31:31 PM   
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For us, I'd suggest A Canterbury Tale. It's got it's heart in the right place with the tie to the land, avoiding any elements of jingoism.

Heritage cinema was quite big in many parts of Europe in the 70s/80s - the French government actively encouraged it over there. Stuff like the Marcel Pagnol films with, I'd guess, Castle/Glory being the cosy French image they were going for.

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RE: Patriotic Films - 28/5/2012 8:05:23 PM   
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Chariots of Fire? I think that would be a contender for a patriotic movie. Or Zulu? Bit of the old british spirit, eh chaps?

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RE: Patriotic Films - 28/5/2012 8:15:47 PM   
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USA - The Patriot
Scotland - Braveheart
Ireland - Braveheart
Wales - Braveheart
England - Zulu

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RE: Patriotic Films - 28/5/2012 8:19:06 PM   
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Braveheart makes me want to throw big heavy hurty objects at people.

The makers, mainly. And idiots who bleat on about it as a tacky political tool.

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RE: Patriotic Films - 28/5/2012 8:21:14 PM   
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Braveheart makes me want to throw big heavy hurty objects at people.

The makers, mainly. And idiots who bleat on about it as a tacky political tool.



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RE: Patriotic Films - 28/5/2012 9:03:41 PM   
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Scotland - Braveheart



Actually I'd say Local Hero for patriotism.


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RE: Patriotic Films - 28/5/2012 9:24:45 PM   
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Local Hero's a good choice.

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RE: Patriotic Films - 28/5/2012 10:07:11 PM   
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Braveheart makes me want to throw big heavy hurty objects at people.

The makers, mainly. And idiots who bleat on about it as a tacky political tool.


I cannot stand Braveheart. Drivel.

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RE: Patriotic Films - 28/5/2012 10:29:35 PM   
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RE: Patriotic Films - 28/5/2012 10:32:51 PM   
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Braveheart makes me want to throw big heavy hurty objects at people.

The makers, mainly. And idiots who bleat on about it as a tacky political tool.


I cannot stand Braveheart. Drivel.


Yup, it's a load of shite.

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RE: Patriotic Films - 28/5/2012 11:13:47 PM   
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Braveheart makes me want to throw big heavy hurty objects at people.

The makers, mainly. And idiots who bleat on about it as a tacky political tool.


I cannot stand Braveheart. Drivel.


Yup, it's a load of shite.


Notice how its only us Scots who say its shite. If an Englander said so we'd probably be like "F**K YOU JIMMY, FREEEEEEEEEDOOOOOM!!!!!!" Or something like that.

P.S. I don't mind it tbh, if only for the awesome James Horner score and the battles.

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RE: Patriotic Films - 28/5/2012 11:34:08 PM   
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Notice how its only us Scots who say its shite. If an Englander said so we'd probably be like "F**K YOU JIMMY, FREEEEEEEEEDOOOOOM!!!!!!" Or something like that.


Well, I wouldn't say that because I'd be talking to myself

The score is great, though. Historically, it's a load of shite

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RE: Patriotic Films - 28/5/2012 11:45:30 PM   
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ORIGINAL: Spaldron

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Braveheart makes me want to throw big heavy hurty objects at people.

The makers, mainly. And idiots who bleat on about it as a tacky political tool.



I cannot stand Braveheart. Drivel.



Yup, it's a load of shite.



Notice how its only us Scots who say its shite. If an Englander said so we'd probably be like "F**K YOU JIMMY, FREEEEEEEEEDOOOOOM!!!!!!" Or something like that.

P.S. I don't mind it tbh, if only for the awesome James Horner score and the battles.



It doesn't make me feel overly patriotic of being a Scot, although there are the battle scenes that give me shivers from time to time. Local Hero is a good call however, as mentioned above.


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RE: Patriotic Films - 28/5/2012 11:54:24 PM   
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If I was Scottish (or specifically Glaswegian) Bill Forsyth's first four films would make me feel quite patriotic.

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RE: Patriotic Films - 28/5/2012 11:58:55 PM   
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Yozhik v tumane makes me proud to be Russian, but it's not a patriotic film per se. I tend to hate patriotism, though, so can't think of any good patriotic films off the top of my head anyway.

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RE: Patriotic Films - 29/5/2012 12:00:21 AM   
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I don't know any decent patriotic films from Malta, so I'm going with our closest neighbors and say:

Libya: Lion of the Desert
Italy: Erm... eh... Amarcord?

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RE: Patriotic Films - 29/5/2012 12:00:49 AM   
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Braveheart makes me want to throw big heavy hurty objects at people.

The makers, mainly. And idiots who bleat on about it as a tacky political tool.



I cannot stand Braveheart. Drivel.



Yup, it's a load of shite.



Notice how its only us Scots who say its shite. If an Englander said so we'd probably be like "F**K YOU JIMMY, FREEEEEEEEEDOOOOOM!!!!!!" Or something like that.

P.S. I don't mind it tbh, if only for the awesome James Horner score and the battles.



It doesn't make me feel overly patriotic of being a Scot, although there are the battle scenes that give me shivers from time to time. Local Hero is a good call however, as mentioned above.




Local Hero is the type of film to make you proud of Scotland in its simple whimsy.

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If I was Scottish (or specifically Glaswegian) Bill Forsyth's first four films would make me feel quite patriotic.


Which reminds me I've still not seen Comfort and Joy, must amend that soon.

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RE: Patriotic Films - 29/5/2012 12:04:48 AM   
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Yozhik v tumane makes me proud to be Russian, but it's not a patriotic film per se. I tend to hate patriotism, though, so can't think of any good patriotic films off the top of my head anyway.


They Fought for the Their Motherland is fantastic.

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RE: Patriotic Films - 29/5/2012 9:11:54 AM   
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USA: that one by Michael Bay.

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RE: Patriotic Films - 29/5/2012 9:29:21 AM   
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Braveheart makes me want to throw big heavy hurty objects at people.

The makers, mainly. And idiots who bleat on about it as a tacky political tool.



I cannot stand Braveheart. Drivel.



Yup, it's a load of shite.



Notice how its only us Scots who say its shite. If an Englander said so we'd probably be like "F**K YOU JIMMY, FREEEEEEEEEDOOOOOM!!!!!!" Or something like that.

P.S. I don't mind it tbh, if only for the awesome James Horner score and the battles.



It doesn't make me feel overly patriotic of being a Scot, although there are the battle scenes that give me shivers from time to time. Local Hero is a good call however, as mentioned above.



Aye, Braveheart is shite. I can't think of any film that makes me feel patriotic about being Scottish. The glass throwing scene in train spotting does amuse, for entirely misguided reasons. Maybe (if only slightly) The Man who sued God ? I will carry on thinking about this.......

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RE: Patriotic Films - 29/5/2012 9:50:57 AM   
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May sound like an odd choice but I'd suggest Amistad. If only for the people who were making an historic stand against slavery both in America and Britain. Although the Spanish don't come out of that film particularly well.

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RE: Patriotic Films - 29/5/2012 10:15:04 AM   
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Irish films that make me feel proud.....hmmmmmmm.

Michael Collins? Nothing fantastic but some nice moments.

The Field? Bit dull

My Left Foot? Perhaps....

Darby O'Gill and the little people? NOW we're talking.

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RE: Patriotic Films - 29/5/2012 10:28:31 AM   
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Umm, let me think, this is a toughie.

Probably Hedd Wyn is the first film that comes to mind for Wales.

Under Milk Wood (1972) as well I suppose although that's more to do with patriotic pride regarding the play than the film.

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RE: Patriotic Films - 29/5/2012 11:06:55 AM   
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Darby O'Gill and the little people? NOW we're talking.


Hell yeah! Ireland by Disney and Sean Connery singing charming Irish ditties- no stereotyping there, eh?

There are a few local movies that don't necessarily invoke waves of patriotism in me (because where I'm from, too many equate patriotism too closely with sectarianism perhaps), but which capture a certain Irish spirit.  The Committments/The Van, for example, or The Guard all capture well the Irish sense of humour, In America or Da for the Irish diaspora.  Divorcing Jack did well to capture the feel of a changing North.  And movies like Omagh, Bloody Sunday or Hunger invoke a deep sense of anger at the futility of the various causes that are willing to slaughter innocents.

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RE: Patriotic Films - 29/5/2012 11:45:29 AM   
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Sharkboy beat me to it but I'd go with the Commitments, hard pushed to find anyone in Dublin who can't quote bits from it.
It captured the whole feel of Dublin and the poeple in it at the time.
And to a lesser extent The Snapper .

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RE: Patriotic Films - 29/5/2012 11:45:46 AM   
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I like Braveheart, sure it's absolute bobbins historically but I enjoy the film.
Trainspotting is probably more factually correct though.

OT: In one of our local tattoo parlours there's pictures up of tattoos people have had done and one of them is a montage of Scottish stuff featuring The Forth Rail Bridge and such like but a large portion of the tat is Mel Gibson as William Wallace. I just can't get my head around it and I'd like to ask the guy "why have you got a tattoo of Mel Gibson in amongst these iconic Scottish images?".

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RE: Patriotic Films - 29/5/2012 12:19:09 PM   
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Does In Bruges count as an Irish film? English director, English producers...English writer, Belgian location...

...but; Irish actors and a definite Irish feel to the comedy. I definitely count the Withnail and I of the noughties as Irish!

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