Friendly Fire

“War movies: One of the core genres of the cinema. From the earliest days of the form, filmmakers have been trying to capture and comment on war. Do these films accurately represent the battles they depict? And are they more useful as depictions of history, or as artifacts from the eras in which they were made? Do enough of them have Brian Dennehy? Join Adam Pranica (network page), Ben Harrison, and John Roderick for Friendly Fire, the war movie podcast that answers all these questions and more!”

This show is produced and edited by Rob Schulte and is released on the Maximum Fun podcast network.
The intro music is War by Edwin Starr.
The logo art is by Nick Ditmore.

Episode Release date Movie Year Plot
1 2018-01-12 Saving Private Ryan 1998 World War II, Invasion of Normandy
2 2018-01-19 Run Silent, Run Deep 1958 World War II, submarine warfare in the Pacific Ocean
3 2018-01-26 Flying Lethernecks 1951 World War II, United States Marine Corps aviators during
4 2018-02-02 First Blood 1982 Vietnam War veteran John Rambo
5 2018-02-09 Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World 2003 Napoleonic Wars
6 2018-02-16 Stalag 17 1953 World War II, Luftwaffe prisoner-of-war camp
7 2018-02-23 Braveheart 1995 Scotland year 1280
8 2018-03-02 Zulu 1964 Anglo-Zulu War, Battle of Rorke's Drift
9 2018-03-08 Fires on the Plain 1959 World War II, Battle of Leyte
BONUS 2018-03-13 7 Days in Entebbe 2018 Operation Entebbe year 1976
10 2018-03-16 Fury 2014 World War II, US tank crews in Nazi Germany
11 2018-03-23 Enemy at the Gates 2001 World War II, Battle of Stalingrad
12 2018-03-30 MASH 1970 Korean War, Mobile Army Surgical Hospital
13 2018-04-06 Three Kings 1999 Gulf War, Gold heist
14 2018-04-13 Force 10 from Navarone 1978 British-American War
15 2018-04-20 Red Dawn 1984 World War III, invasion by Nicaragua
16 2018-04-27 Red Dawn 2012 World War III, invasion by North Korea
17 2018-05-04 Glory 1989 American Civil War
18 2018-05-11 The Battle of Algiers 1966 Algerian War
19 2018-05-18 Rescue Dawn 2006 Vietnam War
20 2018-05-25 From Here to Eternity 1953 World War II, Pearl Harbor
21 2018-06-01 The African Queen 1951 World War I, novel adaption
22 2018-06-08 Clear and Present Danger 1994 War on drugs
23 2018-06-15 The Dirty Dozen 1967 World War II, D-Day invasion
24 2018-06-22 Apocalypse Now 1979 Vietnam War
25 2018-06-29 The Last of the Mohicans 1992 French and Indian War (Seven Years' War)
26 2018-07-06 Paradise Now 2005 Palestine
27 2018-07-13 Mongol 2007 Genghis Khan
28 2018-07-20 Operation Dumbo Drop 1995 Vietnam War (Comedy)
29 2018-07-27 The Siege 1998 War on terror
30 2018-03-03 Platoon 1986 Vietnam War
31 2018-08-10 The Enemy Below 1957 World War II, Anti-submarine warfare
32 2018-08-17 Paisan 1946 World War II, Italian Campaign
33 2018-08-24 Star Wars 1977 Galactic Empire vs Rebel Alliance (SciFi)
34 2018-08-31 Aliens 1986 Hostile alien creatures (SciFi)
35 2018-09-07 Kelly's Heroes 1970 World War II (Comedy)
36 2018-09-14 Army of Shadows (L'armée des ombres) 1969 World War II, French Resistance
37 2018-09-21 Dr. Strangelove 1964 Cold War (Political satire)
38 2018-09-28 Sands of Iwo Jima 1949 World War II, Battle of Iwo Jima
39 2018-10-05 Sicario 2015 War on drugs
40 2018-10-12 U-571 2000 World War II, Submarine warefare
41 2018-10-19 Von Ryan's Express 1965 World War II, POW-camp
42 2018-10-26 Downfall (Der Untergang) 2004 World War II, Final Ten Days
43 2018-11-02 Ran (乱) 1985 Sengoku-period
44 2018-11-09 All Quiet on the West Front 1930 World War I
45 2018-11-16 Biloxi Blues 1988 World War II

Official website: Maximum Fun and Art19
Official Twitter-feeds: Adam, Ben, John
Official Facebook group: Friendly Fire
There is a thread for each episode on the Maximum Fun subreddit.

Further information

John gave an interview about this show on Episode 13 of the Who Shot Ya? podcast.
John and Ben have also been on Alison Rosen is your new best friend in the episode from 2018-02-26.

The next movie to watch is chosen by John picking a random number at the end of each episode. From episode 40 on, John is using a 100-sided die that was sent to him by listener Guy Yedwab. The number then corresponds to an entry on Ben's randomized list of movies. That way they are getting a good mix of very well known films and smaller pictures, even in foreign languages. If they pick three movies about the same war in a row, that war is then removed for the next pick. Episode 44 was not picked at random, but was chosen deliberately for the 100th anniversary of the Armistice of World War I.

The first 25 episodes were prerecorded before the preview was released on December 20th 2017.

From episode 14 on (plus the out-of-time Bonus-episode), they started to review the movie on a scale of 1-5 "things" picked by Adam. The podcast itself is rated by Adam and Ben at 5 bathtubs, which is the location that John records from each and every time. John only gives it 4,5 bathtubs because it is a show by three white guys talking about war movies.

From Episode 40 on, Adam is recording together with John at John's house in his podcasting studio he built for The Omnibus.

John's Personal Stories

John does not tell many personal stories on this podcast that would be relevant for this Wiki. Until now, he has told the following:

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