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10th Jul '17 9:49:15 AM jamespolk
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* Possibly the most epic example: Sergey Bondarchuk's 1968 ''Film/WarAndPeace'' movie, featuring horses and entire ''military units'' (as well as a special "cinematographical cavalry corps") provided by the Soviet Ministry of Defense. But then, the Soviet Ministry of Defense was very fond of this trope in general, often providing soldiers for patriotic war films set during the Napoleonic Wars and the Russian Civil War.

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* Possibly the most epic example: Sergey Bondarchuk's 1968 ''Film/WarAndPeace'' ''Film/{{War and Peace|1966}'' movie, featuring horses and entire ''military units'' (as well as a special "cinematographical cavalry corps") provided by the Soviet Ministry of Defense. But then, the Soviet Ministry of Defense was very fond of this trope in general, often providing soldiers for patriotic war films set during the Napoleonic Wars and the Russian Civil War.
9th Jul '17 11:01:10 AM nombretomado
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* Many scenes in ''Film/SinkTheBismarck'' were filmed using real WW2 warships, thanks to producer John Brabourne being the son-in-law of the Chief of the Defence Staff and using this influence to obtain full cooperation of the Admiralty.

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* Many scenes in ''Film/SinkTheBismarck'' were filmed using real WW2 [=WW2=] warships, thanks to producer John Brabourne being the son-in-law of the Chief of the Defence Staff and using this influence to obtain full cooperation of the Admiralty.
19th Jun '17 12:46:20 PM madorosh
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This is not a solely American trope, of course - it has happened on both sides of the Iron Curtain (the RedArmy supplied extras in astonishing numbers to several epics), and elsewhere. The Irish Army lent forces to ''Film/{{Braveheart}}'', leading to suggestions that it was their biggest operation for years.

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This is not a solely American trope, of course - it has happened on both sides of the Iron Curtain (the RedArmy supplied extras in astonishing numbers to several epics), and elsewhere. The Irish Army lent forces to ''Film/{{Braveheart}}'', leading to suggestions that it was their biggest operation for years.
years. Nazi Germany's propaganda minister also got the German Army to loan thousands of troops for extras in use in historical epic films, notably [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Great_King The Great King]] in 1942.
7th Jun '17 7:41:44 PM JulianLapostat
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* Creator/SamuelFuller was an actual US First Infantry Veteran and he became a major film-maker but his insistence on telling difficult truths meant that despite being a soldier his films averted this trope hard:
** ''Film/TheSteelHelmet'' was famous for getting Fuller an invitation to the Pentagon ''in 1950'' for its cynical portrayal of UsefulNotes/TheKoreanWar which mocked the UsefulNotes/ColdWar propaganda (by highlighting how America's racism back home negated its mission of upholding democracy abroad), as well as showing US Soldiers as boors. One scene in the film showed a US Soldier executing an enemy combatant in custody, which was a violation of the Geneva Convention. This was the main reason why they invited Fuller there, and Fuller insisted that while he knows its a war crime, ''it happens all the time''.
** ''Film/TheBigRedOne'' was mostly shot in Israel without American help, and Fuller was quite proud after a screening of his film drove General Patton's son to lament that "the film had no recruiting potential".
25th May '17 6:14:03 AM CosmicFerret
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** In ''TheEmpireStrikesBack'', Norwegian reservists played the soldiers in the Battle for the Ice Planet Hoth.

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** In ''TheEmpireStrikesBack'', ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', Norwegian reservists played the soldiers in the Battle for the Ice Planet Hoth.
12th May '17 8:10:34 PM jormis29
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* In ''Film/BattleLosAngeles'', the USMC provided a number of troops to serve as extras, and lent a huge amount of aircraft such as various helicopters and even V-22 Opsreys. They also allowed the crew to film some parts of the movie in Camp Pendleton. Behind the scenes, the cast were trained at a boot camp run by military advisors to make sure they acted, fought, and spoke like Marines. Aaron Eckhart joked that they were [[InsistentTerminology very particular about the terminology they used]], such as calling a helicopter a "helo" instead of a "chopper".

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* In ''Film/BattleLosAngeles'', the USMC provided a number of troops to serve as extras, and lent a huge amount of aircraft such as various helicopters and even V-22 Opsreys. They also allowed the crew to film some parts of the movie in Camp Pendleton. Behind the scenes, the cast were trained at a boot camp run by military advisors to make sure they acted, fought, and spoke like Marines. Aaron Eckhart Creator/AaronEckhart joked that they were [[InsistentTerminology very particular about the terminology they used]], such as calling a helicopter a "helo" instead of a "chopper".
22nd Apr '17 3:43:31 AM LtFedora
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* The Egyptian Cavalry Corps played the Pharaoh's host in ''Film/TheTenCommandments''. The Egyptian Air Force also helped to create sand storms for the film with their fighter jet engines.

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* The Egyptian Cavalry Corps played the Pharaoh's chariot host in ''Film/TheTenCommandments''. The Egyptian Air Force also helped to create sand storms for the film with their fighter jet engines.
22nd Apr '17 3:42:31 AM LtFedora
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* Many scenes in SinkTheBismarck were filmed using real WW2 warships, thanks to producer John Brabourne being the son-in-law of the Chief of the Defence Staff and using this influence to obtain full cooperation of the Admiralty.

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* Many scenes in SinkTheBismarck ''Film/SinkTheBismarck'' were filmed using real WW2 warships, thanks to producer John Brabourne being the son-in-law of the Chief of the Defence Staff and using this influence to obtain full cooperation of the Admiralty.
22nd Apr '17 3:40:30 AM LtFedora
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* In ''TheEmpireStrikesBack'', Norwegian reservists played the soldiers in the Battle for the Ice Planet Hoth.

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* Despite being set in a galaxy far, far away, ''Franchise/StarWars'' has often had help from real-world militaries.
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In ''TheEmpireStrikesBack'', Norwegian reservists played the soldiers in the Battle for the Ice Planet Hoth.Hoth.
** In ''Film/RogueOne: A Star Wars Story'', the Imperial stormtroopers that are stationed on Scarif are portrayed by members of the Maldivian Army.



* In RogueOne: A Star Wars Story, the Imperial stormtroopers that are stationed on Scarif are portrayed by members of the Maldivian Army.
31st Mar '17 3:47:36 PM nombretomado
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* ''Film/ActOfValor'' (which started life as a recruitment film) takes this to an even greater extreme, as the main characters are all played by real U.S. Navy SEALS (who were between deployments at the time of shooting), the crew was given unparalleled access to Navy equipment, live ammo was used for most scenes (not to mention a scene where a truck gets blown up with an RPG that was done for real without any effects) all the tactics used in the film are real, and several things in the film are based on real life missions. It's worth mentioning that the film gained a considerable amount of support after OsamaBinLaden was killed by U.S. SEALS.

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* ''Film/ActOfValor'' (which started life as a recruitment film) takes this to an even greater extreme, as the main characters are all played by real U.S. Navy SEALS (who were between deployments at the time of shooting), the crew was given unparalleled access to Navy equipment, live ammo was used for most scenes (not to mention a scene where a truck gets blown up with an RPG that was done for real without any effects) all the tactics used in the film are real, and several things in the film are based on real life missions. It's worth mentioning that the film gained a considerable amount of support after OsamaBinLaden UsefulNotes/OsamaBinLaden was killed by U.S. SEALS.
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