On this episode of The Smell of Victory Podcast Bob Hein, Steve Leonard, and Phil Walter discussed Hollywood, the U.S. Military, and Civil-Military Relations.
Issues touched on and quotes from this episode include:
– Hollywood, the strategic communications branch of civil-military relations.
– World War 2 gave us movies of epic battles, now we get damaged Veterans and rogue super soldiers.
– The damaged Veteran sells, and that is the most important lesson in Hollywood.
– Is Hollywood’s depiction of broken Veterans tied to the clarity of the objectives pursued in the war?
– Is Stripes the quintessential Cold War Movie?
– The strength of the Desert Storm movie “Three Kings” was its accurate portrayal of a tension pneumothorax.
– Does “The Hurt Locker” capture the reality of the Iraq war or further the rogue warrior adrenaline junkie myth (or both)?
– Is the HBO series “Generation Kill” the most accurate portrayal of a modern forward military unit?
– Would anybody watch a movie about military staff officers?
– Why are there no movies about Medal of Honor winners from Iraq and Afghanistan?
– Where is the Army in “Save the World “ movies like Battleship, The Last Ship, and Independence Day?
– Gran Torino is the quintessential veteran movie.
And much more!
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