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    George's friend, John Milius, and RED DAWN

    You'll recall the name John Milius from reading SKYWALKING.


    THE WORLD
    Director Flattered as Iraq Stars in 'Red Dawn' Sequel
    By Bob Baker, Times Staff Writer

    Among those in their glory Monday at the capture of Saddam Hussein was movie director John Milius, an unapologetic traditionalist who has long contended he is blacklisted by liberal Hollywood for his love of the military.

    The Army's 4th Infantry Division, which used 600 troops to capture Hussein, apparently borrowed the operation's code name — Red Dawn — from Milius' 1984 Cold War drama of that name.

    In the flick, Soviet troops invade America, only to be repelled by a resistance movement coordinated by a group of Colorado high school students.

    There was no immediate confirmation from the Army, but it was hard to miss the analogy: The two huts the troops earmarked in their search for Hussein were code-named Wolverine I and Wolverine II. In "Red Dawn," the teens name themselves after their sports teams: Wolverines.

    Pleased as he was Monday, Milius still took time to grouse that he had yet to receive a phone call from a Hollywood trade publication — liberal bias at work again. "If it had been called Operation Forrest Gump, I think that would have been front-page news."

    Milius, best known for having written the script for "Apocalypse Now" during the Vietnam War, made "Red Dawn" as a cautionary tale. The story unfolds after Washington, Kansas City, Mo., and Omaha have been nuked by the Soviets. (A theater in Colorado has a marquee reading: Now Playing: "Alexander Nevsky.") Employing hit-and-run tactics, the young freedom fighters somehow prevail.

    The film has been a political litmus test for two decades, perpetually scorned by the left ("nihilistic delusions of grandeur," complained a Washington Post reviewer when it was released) and embraced by the right.

    "The movie has a definite following in [military] sectors and is very, very, very well liked," said Milius, 59. "It's a patriotic movie; it's a very American movie…. Nothing's more traditional than resistance." The soldiers who captured Hussein, he remarked, "are Wolverines who have grown up and gone to Iraq."

    Milius' love of the warrior instinct has led him in various directions. He wrote and directed "The Wind and the Lion" (1975), based on the real-life rivalry between President Theodore Roosevelt and an Arab pirate that is regarded as one of the most sensitive portrayals of Arab dignity in an American film. He hopes to one day direct a biopic of hawkish Air Force Gen. Curtis LeMay, who wound up as George Wallace's running mate in 1968.

    Milius said he was preparing to go duck hunting Sunday when friends woke him up.

    "They said, 'We just caught Saddam! The best part is, it's Operation Red Dawn! Task Force Wolverine!' "

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    Seems like a sneaky way to get around the 'No Political Discussion' ban that's closed two other 'Saddam' threads and deleted one of the two.

    MTFBWY and HH!!

    Jar Jar Binks
    THE SPY. THE SPACEMAN. THE GODDESS. THE ROBOT. THE GORILLA.

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    You are ENTIRELY incorrect. Jesus Christ, everybody is so f'ing suspicious anymore. I saw the name Milius and thought that anybody who had paid attention to Lucas's career/life might be slightly interested. Get a f'ing life already.

    So tell me, why is it that you automatically assume the worst instead of paying attention to what has actually been said? Buy a clue and go back to the original post and see what I wrote. What the hell is to gain by trying to "sneak" some discussion about the current Iraqi thingie onto the boards, whatever the hell that means? I've known that ignorance runs rampant around these parts but this "assumption" takes the cake. Grow up.
    Last edited by stillakid; 12-17-2003 at 12:46 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stillakid
    You are ENTIRELY incorrect. Jesus Christ, everybody is so f'ing suspicious anymore. I saw the name Milius and thought that anybody who had paid attention to Lucas's career/life might be slightly interested. Get a f'ing life already.

    So tell me, why is it that you automatically assume the worst?
    Me thinks thou doth protest too much, my friend.

    MTFBWY and HH!!

    Jar Jar Binks
    THE SPY. THE SPACEMAN. THE GODDESS. THE ROBOT. THE GORILLA.

    AGENTS OF ATLAS - Returns in Early 2009.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JarJarBinks
    Me thinks thou doth protest too much, my friend.

    MTFBWY and HH!!

    Jar Jar Binks
    About what?

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    I thought the same thing when I saw the names of the 2 squads used for their operation. Sheen screaming WOLVERINES kept running through my head.
    "No one helped me so why should I help you?" - College professor circa 1999

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    Quote Originally Posted by Exhaust Port
    I thought the same thing when I saw the names of the 2 squads used for their operation. Sheen screaming WOLVERINES kept running through my head.

    Though I haven't seen it for a long time, I remember loving that movie when it came out. Classic David and Goliath done in a "take it with a grain of salt" Hollywood sort of way. Aside from the killing and stuff, just a fun movie all around.

    I hadn't followed Milius's career at all and when looking him up (on IMDB) before posting this, I was surprised to see so little of note. He's kept busy but with friends in high places, I expected more somehow.

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