The New Years Eve Grand Dame of Movie Clip Wednesday, Boxer is too busy cleaning eyelashes out of the vodka fountain. So it's the Milk River Madman that continues to take up the mantle that is MCW, the Meme where everyone picks a clip from their favorite movies based on a weekly theme and tries to keep the clip or clips to around 3 minutes long. This week's theme is FAVORITE MOVIE SET IN WINTER. A fairly narrow theme this week and appropriate because of the Nor' Easter that ripped through most of the US and affected just about everyone in some way. From digging out 10" of snow to delayed holiday flights, it let everyone know winter is here.
When I think of winter in movies, I think of war films. War is hell but it's way worse in the winter. A slightly obscure little Navy flick that takes place in the North Atlantic was the first thing that came to mind - 1965's The Bedford Incident. It has a star studded cast including Richard Widmark and Sidney Poitier and is about a cat and mouse came played by a US Destroyer and a Soviet submarine in the waters between Iceland and Greenland. A really good movie but I couldn't find a descent clip. I'm sure Karl has seen this one because it's a tension filled Cold-War era Navy movie - and because it's in black and white.
So instead I went with another 1965 war flick - The Battle of the Bulge. Another all-star cast (Henry Fonda, Telly Savalas, Charles Bronsin, Robert Shaw, etc.) with great tank battle scenes (although they are models) and winter ground fighting leading up to the siege of Bastogne. A better representation of that particular battle was in 2002's Band of Brothers, Episode 6 - Bastogne. Interestingly, both of my picks featured James MacArthur (Dano from Hawaii Five-O) who passed away this past year. Here is the movie trailer clip (a little long).