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Several vets credited the movie for accuracy but said it downplayed some of the horrors, including images of sailors burning to death on damaged ships or as they thrashed in the fiery, oil-slicked water.
"The fires were a lot worse in real life," said Tully, who spent several days after the attack fishing the bodies of sailors out of the harbor. "It's fine they left it out of the movie. I don't ever need to see that again."
Bob Flood of San Bruno said the film "reminded me how brave and how helpless the men were that day." He cried watching a scene of sailors clinging to the deck of the Oklahoma as it pitched over and began to sink.
"They did a real good job in the movie. But it was much worse in real life, " said Phil Dresden, a retired Marine. www.theguardian.com...
But Hollywood scriptwriters again stand accused of re-writing history. Following furious rows over films such as The Patriot and Braveheart, war veterans have dimissed Pearl Harbor as a 'disgusting representation' of the facts. One survivor, a veteran of a Japanese prison camp, snapped: 'It makes me so angry because so many guys died there. I went out on a suicide mission. I watched guys being carried by, bleeding on stretchers, and guys diving into burning oil. It's disgusting to do this.' www.theguardian.com...
The Importance of Music in John Carpenter’s Halloween (1978)
When they were making Halloween, nobody really knew if it was going to work. Not John Carpenter, not even producer and franchise godfather Moustapha Akkad. It wasn’t that the film was necessarily bad in their eyes, but they had no idea exactly what it was going to be or how audiences were going to react to it. For the most part, they thought they were making a straightforward B-Movie. Only John Carpenter and Debra Hill shared a somewhat formed vision of what they wanted the feature to accomplish.
You can imagine their disappointment, then, when they showed the first cut to a producer who was left wholly underwhelmed. They told John Carpenter that the movie didn’t work and that there was nothing scary about it whatsoever. This was a rough cut. It was a finished visual edit and much like the end product with one major exception: there was no music yet.