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Return to Tarawa

Return to Tarawa
46:55 | 2009

Categories: Documentary, Politics, War, History, Biography

Narrated by four-time Oscar nominee Ed Harris, RETURN TO TARAWA follows the journey of World War II veteran Leon Cooper. Cooper—a U.S. Navy landing craft officer who in 1943 fought in the Battle of Bloody Tarawa—returns to the site in 2008 to investigate disturbing reports about the current state of the fabled "Red Beach." Cooper helped launch this first major amphibious assault on a Central Pacific Japanese stronghold; he was dismayed to discover that this hallowed ground is now strewn with garbage rotting in the sun—a painful insult to his fellow marines and the sacrifice they made for their country in one of the bloodiest three-day battles in American war history. Cooper's trip to Tarawa is full of wonder, anger, amazement and divine providence as he and filmmaker Steven C. Barber visit what is thought to be the graves of hundreds of soldiers still buried there.

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ROBERT G ALLEN
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May 26, 2015
C
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February 26, 2015
The old man was annoyingly chatty. Hearing him curse was disappointing. I would have thought that he would carry himself with more dignity than that. There are a thousand WWII documentaries on the web, I don't need to spend my time hearing an old man spew obscenities.
Susan Ahern
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November 11, 2014
A
Alfonso Ponce
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March 11, 2014
A
Justus
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February 15, 2014
A
wallace gene
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December 18, 2013
A
Andy K
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December 11, 2013
B-
It was interesting yet took too long to present what they had to say. I read "The Sex Lives of Cannibals" J. Maarten Troost which was about his two years living on Tarawa in the early 2000's. That book shows how the battle for Tarawa seems almost like trivia for Tarawa today. I think the movie could have pointed that out more. On another note though the observation of the veteran that what he remembers may not even have happened, is such a stark statement about memory, remembrance, and its meaning.
W 'ModisH'
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November 11, 2013
A+
Renee Gagnon Klaus
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October 19, 2013
A+
Patrick
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October 7, 2013
A+
Nikola Milosevic
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August 29, 2013
A+
steven barber
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August 22, 2013
A
k bunt
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August 6, 2013
A
The combination of film footage of the war and an American survivor was excellent. His emotion and devotion to his fellow countrymen who fought and preserving the history the war at Tarawa is especially touching to me. My Dad, a Marine, was there and amazingly survived to go on to Iwo Jima. He died in 1989 of cancer at age 72 after 30 years in the military
Malcolm Bell
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July 25, 2013
A
Teckla Wattman
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July 22, 2013
A
Walter Urban
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July 26, 2012
I was trying to find out information on James Alan Whitworth who lost his life on Nov. 20th in this battle. He was from Longview, TX.
Jane Stillwater
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June 12, 2012
I was given a challenge coin by the 2nd Marines while I was in Iraq. "Tarawa -- keep moving," it read. So watching your film has particular meaning for me.
Osama Farrag
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May 26, 2012
good & great.
Andy D-org
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May 25, 2012
thank you leon, my grandfather was there.one in europe fighting nazis & the other here both survived very good documentary thanx.
Rahmat Katirite
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May 8, 2012
Sorry for that Cooper, people in Kiribati sometimes forgot about the sacrifice made by others on Betio or maybe they are that ignorant. You are right to be angry for what have become of the Red beach, I wish people here could think and commemorate those who give their lives for the sacrifice made my American soldiers in order for us to gain our freedom. God bless America.
Govinda Rijal
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April 19, 2012
Very informative.
Michael Stogner
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February 24, 2012
Thank You Leon Cooper, a True American Hero, doing what needs to be done.
Andrew Micky
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November 12, 2011
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