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Memorial Day Weekend War Movie Marathon
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Memorial Day Marathon Introduction

This year TCM's four-day tribute to Memorial Day encompasses a host of combat films produced in six different decades, set in various eras and offering a variety of perspectives on the subject of war. The movies range from D.W. Griffith's silent drama Hearts of the World (1918), starring Lillian Gish as a young Frenchwoman whose betrothed becomes a soldier in World War I, to Hornets' Nest (1970), a World War II adventure with Rock Hudson as an American paratrooper who plots with Italian children to blow up a Nazi-controlled dam.

The Real Glory (1939, TCM premiere), set during the turn-of-the-century Moro uprising in the Philippines, stars Gary Cooper as another American Marine set on blowing up a dam. Cooper won an Oscar® for his sensitive performance in Sergeant York (1941), the film biography of Alvin York, a pacifist who nonetheless became the most-decorated soldier of World War I. Another Oscar® winner, the star-laden From Here to Eternity (1953) takes a wrenching look at Army life in Hawaii at the time of the Pearl Harbor attack. One of the most ambitious of all war films, The Longest Day (1962, TCM premiere) re-creates the D-Day invasion of World War II in a spectacular production personally overseen by 20th Century Fox studio head Darryl F. Zanuck.

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