Flags of Our Fathers

In February, 1945, one of the fiercest battles of the Pacific theater of World War II occurs on the tiny island of Iwo Jima. Thousands of Marines attack the stronghold maintained by thousands of Japanese, and the slaughter on both sides is horrific. Early in the battle, an American flag is raised atop the high point, Mount Suribachi, and a photograph of the raising becomes an American cause celebre. As a powerful inspiration to war-sick Americans, the photo becomes a symbol of the Allied cause. The three surviving flag raisers, Rene Gagnon, John Bradley, and Ira Hayes, are whisked back to civilization to help raise funds for the war effort. But the accolades for heroism heaped upon the three men are at odds with their own personal realizations that thousands of real heroes lie dead on Iwo Jima, and that their own contributions to the fight are only symbolic and not deserving of the singling out they are experiencing. Each of the three must come to terms with the honors, exploitation, and grief that they face simply for being in a photograph.

Flags of Our Fathers

Title: Flags of Our Fathers

Release Date: 2006

Genres: Action, Drama, History, War

    Directors: Eastwood, Clint


  • Phillippe, Ryan as John “Doc” Bradley
  • Bradford, Jesse as Rene Gagnon
  • Beach, Adam as Ira Hayes
  • Hickey, John Benjamin as Keyes Beech
  • Slattery, John as Bud Gerber
  • Pepper, Barry as Mike Strank
  • Bell, Jamie as Ralph “Iggy” Ignatowski
  • Walker, Paul as Hank Hansen
  • Patrick, Robert as Colonel Chandler Johnson
  • McDonough, Neal as Captain Severance
  • Lynskey, Melanie as Pauline Harnois
  • McCarthy, Thomas as James Bradley
  • Bauer, Chris as Commandant Vandergrift
  • Ivey, Judith as Belle Block
  • Turley, Myra as Madeline Evelley

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