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A history podcast with a twist: Friendly Fire uses war movies as a point of entry on not only the history of war, but the history of how societies think about war. John Roderick, Adam Pranica and Benjamin Ahr Harrison dissect movies from throughout the history of cinema, talk about film production, pedantic quibbles with costumes and airplanes, and keep you laughing the entire time.

A history podcast with a twist: Friendly Fire uses war movies as a point of entry on not only the history of war, but the history of how societies think about war. John Roderick, Adam Pranica and Benjamin Ahr Harrison dissect movies from throughout the history of cinema, talk about film production, pedantic quibbles with costumes and airplanes, and keep you laughing the entire time.
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A history podcast with a twist: Friendly Fire uses war movies as a point of entry on not only the history of war, but the history of how societies think about war. John Roderick, Adam Pranica and Benjamin Ahr Harrison dissect movies from throughout the history of cinema, talk about film production, pedantic quibbles with costumes and airplanes, and keep you laughing the entire time.

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Episodes

Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

11/8/2019
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Does a super-soldier serum help win wars, or does it simply create a new type of arms race? On today's episode Adam, Ben, and John need a rain check on that dance while they review this 2011 roller-coaster! This film is available on : Amazon, Apple, and your local library Support our show Next Film: Top Secret! Available on: Amazon, Apple, and your local library

Duration:01:28:21

Beasts of No Nation (2015)

11/1/2019
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A soldier who has a brain that's still developing can lead to unspeakable results. But some nations will stop at nothing to create the best army within their means. On today's episode Adam, Ben, and John just want to be happy in this life after reviewing this 2015 drama. This film is available on : Netflix Support our show Next film: Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) Available on: Amazon, Apple, and your local library

Duration:01:31:38

The Bridge at Remagen (1969)

10/25/2019
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A bridge cannot take sides, although it can transfer hands after a battle—but that won’t keep it from collapsing. And on today’s episode Adam, Ben, and John find out who’s the enemy while they review this 1969 drama. This film is available on: Amazon, Apple, and your local library Support our show! Next Film: Beasts of No Nation (2015) Available on: Netflix

Duration:01:13:26

Eye in the Sky (2015)

10/18/2019
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Is this film an expanded ethical thought experiment, or a slice of life via modern warfare? On today's episode Adam, Ben, and John are fueled by postings on YouTube. While they review this 2015 thriller. This film is available on: Amazon,YouTube, and your local library Support our show! Next Film: The Bridge at Remagen (1969) Available on: Amazon, Apple, and your local library

Duration:01:20:24

The Sun (2005)

10/11/2019
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Can a war film disregard aspects of history to better explain the subtleties of diplomatic defeat? Director Aleksandr Sokurov sure thinks so! On today's episode Adam, Ben, and John have only one unresolved issue left—while they review this 2005 drama. This film is available on: Amazon,YouTube, and your local library Support our show! Next Film: Eye in the Sky (2015) Available on: Amazon, Apple, and your local library

Duration:01:13:58

They Were Expendable (1945)

10/4/2019
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Sometimes war movies are adventures, sometimes they’re to-the-point biopics, other times they're a surprisingly refreshing mix of both. On today's episode Adam, Ben, and John, sit around on their duffs while reviewing this 1945 drama! This film is available on: Amazon, Apple, and your local library Support our show! Next Film: The Sun (2005) Available on: Amazon,YouTube, and your local library

Duration:01:18:35

The Mouse That Roared (1959)

9/27/2019
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It's a war-plan so crazy it just might work! Can this Peter Sellers farce bring forth the same wartime hilarity as Dr. Strangelove? On today's episode Adam, Ben, and John surrender to overwhelming powers, in a military manner, while reviewing this 1959 comedy! This film is available on: Amazon, Apple, and your local library Support our show! Next Film: They Were Expendable (1945) Available on: Amazon, Apple, and your local library

Duration:01:10:52

Edge of Tomorrow (2014) [Pork Chop Feed]

9/24/2019
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An officer who has never seen a day of combat finds himself living the same day over and over again. Friendly Fire is made possible by the support of our listeners. Support Friendly Fire to receive a monthly Pork Chop episode and all the other Maximum Fun bonus content!

Duration:01:18:48

Zero Dark Thirty (2012)

9/20/2019
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The line between reality and fiction can be extremely thin in war pictures. And when a film resonates close to home for the viewer, extreme can take a back seat to emotion. On today's episode Adam, Ben, and John sit where they want, while reviewing this 2012 thriller! This film is available on: Amazon, Apple, and your local library Support our show! Next Film: The Mouse That Roared (1959) Available on: Amazon, Apple, and your local library

Duration:01:30:21

Forrest Gump (1994)

9/13/2019
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Some films help us reflect on the sins of the past, other films create fictional characters to make the past more digestible. On today's episode Adam, Ben, and John answer every question with "Yes, drill sergeant." while reviewing this 1994 fantasy. This film is available on: Amazon, Apple, and your local library Support our show! Next Film: Zero Dark Thirty (2012) Available on: Amazon, Apple, and your local library

Duration:01:33:37

Lebanon (2009)

9/6/2019
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Some war pictures are about hostile territories, some are about the group turmoil, and other movies are about both. On today's episode Adam, Ben, and John cook-off while reviewing this 2009 claustrophobic drama. This film is available on: Amazon, Apple, and your local library. Support our show! Next Film: Forest Gump (1994) Available on: Amazon, Apple, and your local library

Duration:01:14:23

The Big Red One (1980)

8/30/2019
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Can a Jedi, T-Bird, Nerd, and Scientist— under the command of a grizzled WWI Veteran— successfully survive the second world war? On today's episode Adam, Ben, and John get cooked a terrific meal, while reviewing this 1980 memoir. This film is available on: Apple, Amazon, and your local library. Support our show! Next Film: Lebanon Available on: Amazon, Apple, and your local library.

Duration:01:15:39

Outside the Law (2010)

8/23/2019
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Is this film a story of freedom that was split three ways, or just another glancing look at a past battle, with a new lens? On today's episode Adam, Ben, and John leave sports out of it while reviewing this 2010 drama! This film is available on: Apple, Amazon, and your local library. Support our show! Next Film: The Big Red One (1980) Available on: Apple, Amazon, and your local library.

Duration:01:19:23

Hacksaw Ridge (2016)

8/16/2019
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Does this film demonstrate that non-violence is the key to winning wars, or is this movie just another fun make-believe tale brought to us by Mel "Opus Dei" Gibson? On today's episode Adam, Ben, and John don't know how they're going to live with themselves if they don't stay true to what they believe—while they watch this 2016 biopic. This film is available on: Apple,Amazon, and your local library. Support our show! Next Film: Outside the Law (2010) Available on: Apple, Amazon, and your...

Duration:01:20:23

The Patriot (2000)

8/9/2019
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Does this film tell the tale of a freedom-fighting warrior or is this a story about Benjamin Martin's revenge-fueled descent into freedom? On today’s episode Adam, Ben, and John are citizens of an American nation while they review this turn of the millennium fictional drama. This film is available on: Apple, Amazon, and your local library. Support our show! Next Film: Hacksaw Ridge (2016) Available on: Apple, Amazon, and your local library.

Duration:01:22:48

The Ottoman Lieutenant (2017)

8/2/2019
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All the money in the world can't make a lie the truth, and no matter how strong the love story may be, it doesn't change the fact that some governments commit atrocities. On today's episode the time in God's thoughts has come to an end while Adam, Ben, and John review this revisionist drama. This film is available on: Apple, Amazon, and your local library. Support our show! Next Film: The Patriot (2000) Available on: Apple, Amazon, and your local library.

Duration:01:29:57

Casualties of War (1989)

7/26/2019
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Can a Michael J. Fox war movie be as brutal as any other emotion-filled Vietnam picture? Yes, but with its own jungle to navigate. On today’s episode Adam, Ben, and John buck the system while reviewing this 1989 drama. This film is available on: Apple, Amazon and your local library. Support our show! Next Film: The Ottoman Lieutenant (2017) Available on: Apple, Amazon, and your local library.

Duration:01:20:39

A Private War (2018)

7/19/2019
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Marie Colvin's spirit drives this biopic and addresses war in a way that we don't always get in film. On today's episode Adam, Ben, and John couldn't imagine a world in which they didn't review this 2018 drama! This film is available on: Amazon, Apple, and Youtube. Support our show! Next Film: Casualties of War (1989) Available on: Apple, Amazon and your local ibrary.

Duration:01:19:36

The Great Escape (1963)

7/12/2019
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Can a POW film achieve the same highs and lows of a battlefield picture? It can when it's full of cool-guy-allies! On today's episode Adam, Ben, and John devote their energies to reviewing this 1963 adventure with Chuck Bryant from Movie Crush. This film is available on: Amazon, Apple, Youtube, and Roku Support our show! Next Film: A Private War (2018) Available on: Amazon, Apple, Youtube, and your local ibrary.

Duration:01:26:30

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

7/5/2019
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Can one man's love of history defeat an army? What if that one man also had a weapon powered by God? On today's episode Adam, Ben, and John, become a permanent addition to this archaeological find—while reviewing this classic adventure. This film is available on: Amazon, Apple, Netflix, Youtube, and your local library Support our show! Next Film: The Great Escape (1963) Available on: Amazon, Apple, Youtube, Roku, and your local library

Duration:01:07:32