A Heroic Effort


It’s easy to see why Clint Eastwood’s Flags of Our Fathers has been hailed as a masterpiece. Both the subject matter and the theme wrested from it are stirring and important. On the fifth day of the nearly month-long battle of Iwo Jima, some soldiers raise the Stars and Stripes on the island’s Mt. Suri¬bachi and the sight cheers the troops. When the flag is claimed by a bigwig as a souvenir, a second flag is put up by a different group...

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Richard Alleva has been reviewing movies for Commonweal since 1990.