Return to Tarawa

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46:55 | 2009
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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Topics: Veterans, Military, World War II Veterans, World War II, American, Marines, Redemption, Regrets, Ed Harris, American History
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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
Susan Ahern
November 11, 2014
A
Alfonso Ponce
Alfonso Ponce
March 11, 2014
A
Justus
Justus
February 15, 2014
A
wallace gene
wallace gene
December 18, 2013
A
Andy K
Andy K
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'
W 'ModisH'
November 11, 2013
A+
Renee Gagnon Klaus
Renee Gagnon Klaus
October 19, 2013
A+
Patrick
Patrick
October 7, 2013
A+