Bottom Line: More than just a war film…
“No sense being a hero if you don’t look like one.” –Jesse Bradford as Rene Gagnon
Directed by: Clint Eastwood
Starring: Adam Beach, Barry Pepper, Jamie Bell, Jesse Bradford, John Benjamin Hickey, John Slattery, Ryan Phillippe
Poignant drama chronicles the lives of the three men–John “Doc” Bradley (Ryan Phillippe), Rene Gagnon (Jesse Bradford), and Ira Hayes (Adam Beach)–out of the six total who survived after raising the American flag on Mount Suribachi in 1945. The film follows their time during post-traumatic stress disorder, where we see flashbacks of the struggles at Iwo Jima during World War II, as they are reminded of these events by many of their everyday experiences. In an even more interesting sense, reverent historical document delves into the history of the famous photograph captured on Mount Suribachi, raising a few questions as to how accurate the photograph actually was.