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‘The Hurt Locker’ Was a Box Office Flop, Despite Being a Critically-Acclaimed Film

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Jeremy Renner as Sgt. First Class William James in 'The Hurt Locker'

Kathryn Bigelow’s The Hurt Locker (2008) saw Jeremy Renner portray a character serving in the Iraq War. While the film did poorly upon its debut in…

Nakano Takeko: The Fearsome Female Warrior Who Was One of the Last Samurai

Rosemary Giles
Statue of Nakano Takeko

In the annals of Japanese history, few figures stand as tall as Nakano Takeko, a remarkable woman who defied societal norms to become a fearsome…

Steve McQueen’s Cancer Likely Resulted from His Service In the US Marine Corps

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Steve McQueen as Capt. Virgil "The Cooler King" Hilts in 'The Great Escape'

Steve McQueen was one of the most popular actors of the 20th century. Known for portraying the tough guy in such films as The Great…

Michael Conner Humphreys: The Actor Who Played Young Forrest Gump Served In Iraq

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Sally Field and Michael Conner Humphreys as Mrs. Gump and young Forrest Gump in 'Forrest Gump'

Forrest Gump (1994) was one of the most popular Vietnam-era movies ever released. Featuring an all-star cast that included Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise, Sally Field…

Check Out These Movies If You Liked ‘Oppenheimer’

Cillian Murphy as J. Robert Oppenheimer in 'Oppenheimer'

After months of hype, Oppenheimer (2023) was released in theaters on July 21, 2023. The World War II-era film covered the development of the atomic…

Unraveling the Turbulence and Conflict of the Aden Emergency

British soldiers, in gas masks, holding up their rifles

The Aden Emergency, which unfolded between 1963-67, was a period of intense turmoil and conflict in British-controlled Aden (modern-day Yemen). The uprising, led by Arab…

Raymond Roberts Braved the Aden Emergency to Serve as a Chaplain with the British Royal Navy

Raymond Roberts performing a prayer service for a British Army patrol

Of the many brave chaplains to serve with military personnel throughout history, Reverend Raymond Roberts stands out. Born in Wales on April 14, 1931, he…

Frogmen Were Hired to Work On the Set of ‘Raise the Titanic’

Frogman pulling a replica of the RMS Titanic through the water

Raise the Titanic (1980) is an epic adventure film that captivated audiences with its audacious premise and grand scale – even if it wasn’t very…

Fictional Military Leaders We’d Follow Into Battle

Still from 'Apocalypse Now' + Bruce Willis as Lt. A.K. Waters in 'Tears of the Sun' + Clint Eastwood as Gunnery Sgt. Tom "Gunny" Highway in 'Heartbreak Ridge'

When it comes to military movies, directors can get a little carried away with the heroism of leaders. This list of fictional military leaders showcases…

Comedian Rob Riggle Continued to Serve In the US Marine Corps, Even After Making It In Hollywood

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Rob Riggle speaking into a microphone on stage

Rob Riggle isn’t just a familiar face in the entertainment industry – he’s also a decorated military veteran. Prior to gracing our screens with his…

Facts About ‘Top Gun’ and Its Award-Winning Sequel

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Tom Cruise as Lt. Pete "Maverick" Mitchell in 'Top Gun' + Tom Cruise as Capt. Pete "Maverick" Mitchell in 'Top Gun: Maverick'

Top Gun is a 1986 American action flick directed by Tony Scott. It follows Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (Tom Cruise) and his co-pilot Nick “Goose” Bradshaw…

Royal Engineer Divers Are Some of the World’s Finest Frogmen

Three Royal Engineer Divers crossing a road

When it comes to military operations in challenging underwater environments, the Royal Engineer Divers are a distinguished and highly-skilled force. This elite group combines engineering…