“My War” is the third installment of the” Audrey Hepburn and the Dutch Resistance” series. This movie is a great example of a romantic story told in a Hollywood movie. Not only does it tell a story, but it tells it with great drama. It tells an entertaining story about a true heroine. Of course we all know Audrey Hepburn is a great actor, but she shines here, even more than in her first two outings.
The movie follows the life of George Peppard, who is an alcoholic and a member of the Hollywood resistance. He tells his story to an undercover operative named Joe Taylor, pretending to be one of the enemy spies. Taylor is skeptical, until he learns that Peppard was actually a member of the Hollywood resistance. When he and other resistance members escape from a prison camp, they begin the dangerous mission of parachuting into enemy controlled territory to deliver long-range messages.
The mole that got away is brought back into the picture. This time, though, the mole wants to be useful. He is assigned to help find the resistance’s hideout. The longer they go without finding it, the more frustrated Taylor becomes. On the way, Taylor sees some American prisoners being taken as prisoners by the Germans. He rescues them and brings them safely back to America.
Taylor and the other resistance members continue their trek to the prison camp. As they go, they encounter many difficulties, including being attacked by the Gestapo. Taylor ends up having one of his friends shoot a German soldier and saving his life. The resistance also executes many daring attacks on the Nazis, which result in heavy losses for the German soldiers.
The movie then takes us years after the war, during the Cold War. The United States has joined the World War Two effort, but it isn’t until the 1950s that Americans can fight against the Russians. Many Americans are wary of risking their lives in a foreign war, so they join the resistance instead. This causes many tensions with the Russian government, which tries to destroy the U.S.S.R. (Vietnam) due to its neutrality.
In this movie, we see the resistance grows, as many young Americans break from the army and join the resistance. Taylor, the American whose rescue of the POW was featured in the previous film, becomes a well-known celebrity. The publicity stunts involving famous Americans (including a group dressed in Groucho Red Robe and a bunny costume) helps boost support for the resistance. As the war progresses, Taylor becomes a bigger celebrity, especially as he is captured and taken prisoner by the Germans.
The movie closes out with Taylor being released, and he reunites with some of his old friends. Meanwhile, the Russian government is trying to defeat the American resistance and take control of Berlin. This leads to one of the biggest political blunders in history: the atom bomb.
Despite many rumors (most of which turn out to be completely false), the movie isn’t a terrible film. The acting is good, the story is engaging, and the overall pace is slow. But it’s not a very memorable film. That’s not saying that it’s bad. It’s just not one of the best films of its time. I give it an average score for overall quality.
One of the most exciting parts of the movie is its use of footage from many other movies. The archival footage from the previous movies adds a thrill to this one, as fans of those movies will find out. The movie also contains many songs from the time, which adds some flavor. All in all, there are many things that make this movie unique.
While many movies try to get their historical facts wrong, this one manages to do it in the best way possible. And for that, it deserves four stars… or at least a thumbs up. It’s a great movie, and a great film no doubt, but as far as the historical accuracy of it all…I give it five.
Anyone who has seen this movie should definitely see The War, because it’s a wonderful look into the past. Many Americans were part of the fighting effort during World War Two, and some of them lost their lives. This film will remind us of that, but also of how much family life is really like. That’s definitely a good thing.