Ryan Phillippe, Adam Beach, Jesse Bradford, John Benjamin Hickey
Clint Eastwood (Director), Paul Haggis (Screenplay), William Broyles Jr. (Screenplay)
Released: Oct. 19th, 2006
Runtime: 2 hours, 12 minutes
There were five Marines and one Navy Corpsman photographed raising the U.S. flag on Mt. Suribachi by Joe Rosenthal on February 23, 1945. This is the story of three of the six surviving servicemen – John 'Doc' Bradley, Pvt. Rene Gagnon and Pvt. Ira Hayes, who fought in the battle to take Iwo Jima from the Japanese.
This does get a little confusing as the film takes most of its running time to establish the person looking to collect the stories of what happened, which does make it feel underweight when it reaches a conclusion in the most recent time period where these heroes have aged out of their supposedly glorious youths.