Us history Film Review and Comparison

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US History Film Review and Comparison
Prompt directions: answer all parts, using complete, academic sentence.
Introduction paragraph:

Provide the film name, director, starring roles, and year of release (1 sentence). Provide a SHORT (2 to 3 sentences) explanation of historical context for the film (where and when it takes place, who's involved, what's happening around the plot, etc.). 


* How does this film reflect any of the big ideas, ID/S terms, and/or essential questions we’ve discussed this year (site and explain at least three and how they are associated or referenced in the film—total of three body paragraphs)?

* What was your favorite part and why? (No more than 2 sentences)

* What part(s) do you think might be historically inaccurate and why? (No more than 2 sentences)

* Would you recommend this film to your classmates? Why or why not? (No more than 2 sentences)

You should write at least two typed pages using double-spaced lines and 12-point Times New Roman font.

Complete the normal film review prompt on one of the following movies for 15 points extra credit each (2 max): (Forrest Gump has different instructions)



Separate but Equal (1991)

Pleasantville (1998)

Truman (1995)

Dr. Strangelove (1964)

The Good Shepherd (2006) R

Eyes on the Prize (1987)

The Long Walk Home (1990)

October Sky (1998)

The Right Stuff (1983) R

Good Night and Good Luck (2005)


4 Little Girls (1997)

Ghosts of Mississippi (1996)

Forrest Gump (1994) - See separate instructions

We Were Soldiers (2002) R

Thirteen Days (2000)

Malcolm X (1992)

Manchurian Candidate (1962)

Mississippi Burning (1988) R

The Help (2011)

We Were Soldiers (2002) - Vietnam War, first phase

Full Metal Jacket (1987) R

Platoon (1986) – Vietnam War

Good Morning Vietnam (1987) – Vietnam War

Apollo 13 (1995)

All the President’s Men (1976)

Frost/Nixon (2008)

Deer Hunter (1978) R

Argo (2012) R

Cesar Chavez (2014)

Milk (2008) - Harvey Milk, gay activism

Red Dawn (1984)

Wall Street (1987)

Charlie Wilson's War (2007) - US involvement in Afghanistan during Soviet occupation

Wolf of Wall Street (2013) R

The Insider (1999)

Jarhead (2005) R

Blackhawk Down (2001) - US military in Somalia

American History X (1998) – Contemporary racism

17th Century

The New World (2005) - John Smith, Native Americans

The Crucible (1996) – Salem witch trials; Puritans
18th Century

Last of the Mohicans (1992) – French & Indian War

1776 (1972) - musicial, American independence

The Patriot (2000) – Revolutionary War
19th Century

The Buccaneer (1958) – War of 1812

Amistad (1997) – 1839 slave ship uprising and trial

The Alamo (2004) – 1836 battle of Texas Revolution

September Dawn (2007) - 1850s, Mountain Meadows Massacre, Mormons v Arkansas settlers

Geronimo (1993) - Apache resistance, US/Native American relations

Santa Fe Trail (1940) – Civil War "Eve"

Gone With The Wind (1939) – Antebellum and Civil War South

Gods & Generals (2003) – rise and fall of Stonewall Jackson

Gettysburg (1993) – decisive battle of the Civil War

Gangs of New York (2002) R – Civil War era cities and immigrants

Glory (1989) – Civil War; African-American regiment 54th Massachusetts

Dances With Wolves (1990) – Civil War era relations with Native Americans

Birth of a Nation (1915) - Civil War era, Ku Klux Klan

Far & Away (1992) – Immigration, 1860's land rush

The Conspirator (2011) - conspiracy to assassinate Lincoln

The Story of Alexander Graham Bell (1939) - work with the deaf, invention of the telephone

Legend of Hell's Gate (2011) - 1870s Texas

Tombstone (1993) - western frontier towns, Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday

Wyatt Earp (1994) - western frontier towns, biography of Wyatt Earp

Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973) - western frontier, 1880s New Mexico

The Molly Maguires (1970) – 1876 coal miners strike

Little Big Man (1970) - Native Americans, Custer

Little Big Horn (1951) - Native Americans, Custer

Rough Riders (1997) - Teddy Roosevelt, Spanish-American War
20th Century

Inherit the Wind (1960) – Scopes Monkey Trial

Titanic (1997) - early 1900s class distinctions, sinking of Titanic

The Greatest Game Ever Played (2005) - 1913 US Open (golf)

Flyboys (2006) - World War I, fighter pilots

Iron Jawed Angels (2004) - women's suffrage

Eight Men Out (1988) - Black Sox scandal (baseball)

Once Upon a Time in America (1984) - Prohibition Era, Jewish gangsters

The Newton Boys (1998) - 1920s, train robbery

Matewan (1987) - 1920s, coal miners, unionization

The Untouchables (1987) - 1920s crime, Al Capone

Public Enemies (2009) - 1930s gangsters

Bugsy (1991) - 1930s and 1940s gangsters, growth of Las Vegas

King of the Hill (1993) - Depression Era, boy separated from family

Cinderella Man (2005) - Depression Era boxer

Seabiscuit (2003) - Depression Era horse racin

The Great Debaters (2007) - Black debate team in the South faces discrimination


 ***Please get a parent/guardian signature for any Rated R movies you choose for this assignment. Attach the permission slip to your review for credit. (Download permission slip from Resources page)



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