(Left to right) Ira Hayes (ADAM BEACH), John ‘Doc’ Bradley (RYAN PHILLIPPE) and Rene Gagnon (JESSIE BRADFORD) are greeted as heroes upon returning home from the war in DreamWorks Pictures’ and Warner Bros. Pictures’ World War II drama FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS, directed by Clint Eastwood.
From Academy Award®-winning director Clint Eastwood (“Million Dollar Baby,” “Unforgiven”) comes the World War II drama “Flags of Our Fathers,” produced by Eastwood and Academy Award® winner Steven Spielberg (“Saving Private Ryan,” “Schindler’s List”).
February 1945. Even as victory in Europe was finally within reach, the war in the Pacific raged on. One of the most crucial and bloodiest battles of the war was the struggle for the island of Iwo Jima, which culminated with what would become one of the most iconic images in history: five Marines and a Navy corpsman raising the American flag on Mount Suribachi.
The inspiring photo capturing that moment became a symbol of victory to a nation that had grown weary of war and made instant heroes of the six American soldiers at the base of the flag, some of whom would die soon after, never knowing that they had been immortalized.
But the surviving flag raisers had no interest in being held up as symbols and did not consider themselves heroes; they wanted only to stay on the front with their brothers in arms who were fighting and dying without fanfare or glory.
“Flags of Our Fathers” is based on the bestselling book by James Bradley with Ron Powers, which chronicled the battle of Iwo Jima and the fates of the flag raisers and some of their brothers in Easy Company. Bradley’s father, John “Doc” Bradley, was one of the soldiers pictured raising the flag, although James never knew the full extent of his father’s experiences until after the elder Bradley’s death in 1994.
The ensemble cast of “Flags of Our Fathers” includes Ryan Phillippe (“Crash”), Jesse Bradford (“Happy Endings”), Adam Beach (“Windtalkers”), Paul Walker (“Into the Blue”), Jamie Bell (“Billy Elliot”), Barry Pepper (“Saving Private Ryan”) and John Benjamin Hickey (“Flightplan”).
Clint Eastwood directed “Flags of Our Fathers” from a screenplay adapted by Oscar® nominee Paul Haggis (“Million Dollar Baby”). Robert Lorenz (“Million Dollar Baby,” “Mystic River”) served as executive producer.
A co-production of DreamWorks Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures, “Flags of Our Fathers” will be distributed domestically by DreamWorks, with Warner Bros. handling the international release.
DOMESTIC RELEASE: FALL 2006
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The raising of the American Flag on Iwo Jima is one of the most enduring images in history and serves as the pivotal moment of DreamWorks Pictures’ and Warner Bros. Pictures’ World War II drama FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS, directed by Clint Eastwood.