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5th Sep '17 5:33:29 PM Peteman
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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:

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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:trope:
12th Aug '17 10:48:27 AM CynicalBastardo
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* ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' and ''Film/TheLastJedi'' had Irish Navy vessels provide perimeter security around Skellig Michael during filming. In honour of the franchise, the ''Samuel Beckett'' adopted Yoda as their ship's mascot.
29th Jul '17 8:45:52 PM Ramidel
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* Irish Army Reservists also served as extras for ''Film/{{Braveheart}}''. Since as Craig Charles put it, "(they) see very little real action and were probably making the best of it", on-site medical personnel were kept rather busy during the fight sequences.

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* Irish Army Reservists also served as extras for ''Film/{{Braveheart}}''. Since as Craig Charles put it, "(they) see very little real action and were probably making the best of it", [[FightingIrish on-site medical personnel were kept rather busy during the fight sequences.sequences]].
29th Jul '17 2:43:47 AM xneon
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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. 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".

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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.Ospreys. 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. 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".
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".
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