Flags of Our Fathers

Flags of Our Fathers

Clint Eastwood (2006)

15 Certificate


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Joe Rosenthal's iconic photograph of US servicemen raising the Stars and Stripes above the Pacific island of Iwo Jima is the starting point for Clint Eastwood's Second World War epic. Part war movie, part deconstruction of heroism, it follows three of the group - marines Rene Gagnon and Ira Hayes (Jesse Bradford, Adam Beach), and Navy corpsman "Doc" Bradley (Ryan Phillippe) - as they're sent home to bolster the fundraising effort. While these men struggle to cope with post-traumatic stress and their reluctant status as heroes, Eastwood reveals the complex interaction of war, propaganda and real lives behind the famous image. Based on a bestselling memoir by Bradley's son, this is a technically accomplished yet ponderously worthy film that quickly abandons its probing remit to fall back on misty-eyed platitudes about war as hell and the camaraderie of soldiers under fire. Eastwood's Oscar-nominated companion piece, Letters from Iwo Jima, depicts events from the Japanese perspective.


The stories of three of the men in the famous photograph of US servicemen raising their flag on the island of Iwo Jima. After returning home from the battlefield, the veterans grapple with an increasing sense of survivor guilt as they struggle to adjust to everyday life. Clint Eastwood's Second World War drama, starring Adam Beach, Ryan Phillippe, Jesse Bradford, Jamie Bell and Paul Walker.

Cast & Crew

John "Doc" Bradley Ryan Phillippe
Rene Gagnon Jesse Bradford
Ira Hayes Adam Beach
Keyes Beech John Benjamin Hickey
Bud Gerber John Slattery
Mike Strank Barry Pepper
Ralph Ignatowski Jamie Bell
Hank Hansen Paul Walker
Col Chandler Johnson Robert Patrick
Captain Severance Neal McDonough
Pauline Harnois Melanie Lynskey
President Harry S Truman David Patrick Kelly
Borough president Jon Polito
Director Clint Eastwood
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Warner BrosGuidance: Contains violence and swearing.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 22 Dec 2006