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True dat.

And it doesn't matter what war, which era...
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Andrew and I went to see Starship Troopers in the waybackwhen. Both of us had read Heinlein's novel and we were disgusted when it was over. It was funny reading the Private Murphy strip when he went to see his first war moved after training and was taken into his first unit with the 82nd AB.
 
Re: Heinlein's SSTs, Gawd, ain't that the truth. A science fiction classic and dead-on allegory for individual liberty vs. collective tyranny and what does Hollywood do with it? Flush it. I've seen better acting and dialog in pron films.

Would that JJ Abrams do a mulligan on Troopers....PLEASE! (Or, dare I hope: Peter Jackson...Bilbo vs. the Bugs. Heh.)

And don't EVEN get me started on Top Gun. (Though, to be fair, that flick increased Navy recruitment numbers by something like 500%, so there's that...) 
 
"Patton" with the wrong tanks.

"Glory" reading off the serial numbers of the muskets as they were issued (but otherwise pretty good).
 
"Patton" had the jeeps wrong too. George C. Scott rode around in a CJ3B / M606, they didn't exist until 1953.
 
Geez, even worse than that version of Heinlein's Starship Troopers was the 1994 version of The Puppet Masters, with Donald Sutherland.

Why can't Hollywood do Heinlein justice, as they've done with Philip K. Dick?   If I was conspiracy-minded, I'd almost think they've consciously tried to destroy his reputation.
 
...On  the other hand, if the movie tells a good story, doesn't that count?

I'm thinking specifically of Red Tails & The Tuskegee Airmen.

Lucas's work was a marvel of FX, and probably the first movie in a long time which showed the proper period airplanes. On the other hand, it's easy to do that when you have the money & resources Lucas does. Alas, the movie itself is a mismash of cheesy stereotypes.

HBO's The Tuskegee Airmen, on the other hand, did what most movies have done for a long time; used stock footage from WW2. Even The Hunt for Red Ocotober used footage of an F9F Panther crash to simulate an F-14 crash.

Why? It's cheaper and easier.  Airmen did show some (inaccurate for the time) P-51D mustangs when they were flying Warhawks, but that's very nearly the only warbird with enough flyable specimens to flim for a movie. Tora!, Tora!, Tora! used modified AT-6 Texans to stand in for Mitsubishi Zeros for the same reason. The real punchline in Airmen is when a crew-chief is bragging about the new D model Mustangs they just recieved, which were the same planes we saw previously.

My question is: while The Tuskegee Airmen is (historically) wildly inaccurate, it tells a much, much better story than does the more-accurate Red Tails. But which one is the better movie?