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''Flags Of Our Fathers'' is a 2006 Creator/ClintEastwood film depicting the Battle of Iwo Jima, particularly [[IwoJimaPose the famous planting of the flag]] on Mount Suribachi, as well as the post-battle and post-war struggles of the three men who raised the flag as they are turned into a propaganda agent by the U.S. press. It was released jointly with ''Film/LettersFromIwoJima'', its POVSequel.

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!!This film contains examples of:

* TheAlcoholic: Ira, Rene also became one in real life.
* AnachronicOrder: Although the underlying plotlines are chronological, the film utilizes a great deal of {{flashback}}s, {{flash forward}}s, and even flashbacks-within flashbacks to the arrival to and battle at Iwo Jima, resulting in the entire film playing out like this.
* AFateWorseThanDeath: It's arguable that the surviving flag raisers had it worse off than the ones who died in battle. Ira can never escape his unwanted fame and PTSD and becomes an alcoholic, dying at the age of 32, while Rene lives the rest of his life as a high school janitor. Even Doc prefers never to speak of Iwo Jima again.
* ArtisticLicenseEconomics: Some of the statements Bud Gerber makes about the war bond drives and the availability of oil are simply wrong. That said, he may have been exaggerating for effect to get the reluctant trio of Ira, Rene, and Doc to keep supporting the bond drives by sticking to the narrative created in the popular consciousness in 1945.
* BittersweetEnding / DownerEnding: The flag raisers who weren't killed in the fighting basically have their lives ruined one way or another.
** Though, in terms of the bigger picture, the war-bond drive the survivors took part in succeeded in its goal of meeting the amount of money needed for the last stretch of the war. In addition, their actions are, at the very least, remembered via the memorial in Washington D.C., as well as the photo of the flag raising itself.
** Only one character, Doc, gets a decent ending.
* RealLife/CoolBoat: The USS ''Texas'' (today a Museum ship) is shown as part of the pre-invasion bombardment force.
* RealLife/CoolPlane: The [=F4U=] Corsair fighter-bomber, which gets several scenes for itself before and during the beach landings.
* DatedHistory: recent research has revealed that Doc isn't actually in the famous photograph of the second flag raising, though he was assigned to the same platoon and was present at the first flag raising (the same squad raised both flags.) The man in the photograph previously misidentified as Doc Bradley was actually Pfc. Harold Schultz
* DrivenToSuicide: Several Japanese soldiers are discovered in a cave having killed themselves with hand grenades and pistols. ''Film/LettersFromIwoJima'' shows it in even gorier detail.
* FakeUltimateHero: Deconstructed with the three survivors. Each repeatedly insists that they did nothing heroic and merely survived and are clearly uncomfortable with the level of press they get praising them as heroes. But they have to pretend anyway to raise money for the war effort. Ira takes it especially badly, becoming a washed-up alcoholic.
* GoryDiscretionShot: We never actually what was inflicted on Iggy but rather base it on Doc's reaction.
** Iggy was a real-life person whose full name was Ralph Ignatowski. He has [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ralph_Ignatowski his own Wikipedia article]] which details the poor man's final fate. YouDoNotWantToKnow.
* IwoJimaPose: TheMovie. The original photo of the Marines who planted the flag during this battle is the ''pivotal moment'' of the plot.
* JadedWashout: Ira and Rene.
* JustTrainWrong: At :43:05, an [=EMD=] "F" unit can be seen pulling a train carrying New Hampshire hero Rene Gagnon into Manchester, NH While [=EMD=] was indeed building this style of locomotive starting in 1939, A careful inspection of spotting details reveals the lead loco to be an [=EMD=] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EMD_F9 F9]], a post-war model not introduced until 1953. A more appropriate streamliner would have been an [[http://rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=2532908 EMD E7, preferably in Boston & Maine paint]].
** Not only are the diesels the wrong model, but their paint scheme is incorrect as well. The scene takes place in Manchester, NH in 1945 so the locomotives should be painted in the Boston & Maine Railroad's famous maroon and gold [[http://rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=2532908 "Minuteman" paint scheme]]. Instead, the engines are painted in their original Burlington Northern paint schemes, a railroad that didn't even exist until 1970 [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burlington_Northern]]. This is somewhat understandable given the filming location (Glencoe, Illinois) and the almost non-existant availability of Boston & Maine diesels, however a working Boston & Maine streamliner operates at a tourist railroad in New Hampshire [[http://rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=3013819]].
** Glencoe, Illinois stood in as Manchester, NH and the Glencoe station [[http://www.shore-line.org/FirstAndFastest/images/FooF02.jpg]] is visually similar to Amoskeag Depot [[https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1229/681099578_44c419ca8d_z.jpg?zz=1]], a railroad station that still stands in Manchester. However, when Rene Gagnon arrived in Manchester in 1945, he arrived at Manchester Union Station [[http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-VOqEokUbfRQ/TmDjb3ulO5I/AAAAAAAAAyU/auLeGqJYFO8/s1600/1987-49L-002.JPG]] (which was torn down in 1962), not Amoskeag Station. Plus, Glencoe is far less urban than the City of Manchester.
* KillEmAll: Six men are in the photo (two in the back row). Of those six, three are later killed on Iwo Jima [[spoiler: Mike, Harlon and Frank]] and one severely wounded. The remaining three die years later.
* KillItWithFire: Several Japanese soldiers are flushed out of a pillbox this way by a Marine with an [=M2=] Flamethrower during the beach landing. Interestingly, this same scene was reused in ''Film/LettersFromIwoJima'' during that film's own beach landing scene.
* ObligatoryWarCrimeScene: The bayoneting and setting on fire of Japanese soldiers. On the flip-side, Iggy's death.
* PropagandaMachine: Part of the plot centers around turning the men pictured in the suddenly-world-famous photo into celebrities, so that they can go on tour and sell enough war bonds to keep the war going.
* SemperFi: The 5th Marine Division, specifically the unit that raised both flags on Iwo Jima, is the main focus of the film.
* ShellShockedVeteran: Doc, Ira and Rene after making it off Iwo Jima. For that matter, Ira (again), Mike and Harlon after Bougainville.
* SnipeHunt: Provides one of the few lighthearted moments in the film. A higher-ranking Marine asks the others in his group if they have their Masturbation Papers in order, and when one Marine (presumably the one who isn't in on the joke) says he doesn't, he's told to run and ask for them, because if he doesn't get them he can't ship out.
* TanksForNothing: During the beach landings on Iwo, Strank is immediately relieved upon seeing Sherman tanks making it onto the beach, which are then subsequently destroyed by Japanese artillery.
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: The pre-invasion bombardment. By one reckoning the US expended more than 26 ''tons'' of munitions for every Japanese soldier on the island over the course of the battle, from 16 inch down to .45 ACP. In this film, the business end is shown in detail for about half a minute.
* TokyoRose: Under her true but less well known pseudonym "Orphan Ann".
* WarIsHell: All three men are scarred by their experiences, even unto old age.
** BlessedWithSuck: In one particularly cringe-inducing scene, a family of tourists gets Ira Hayes's supervisor to call him over to shake hands with them and show him off like a trick-pony, after which the father hands Hayes a dollar.
* YanksWithTanks: The film's protagonists, of course.
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