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  • Actors: Rob Lowe, Tracy Griffith, Gale Hansen, Eb Lottimer, Baruch Dror
  • Directors: Shimon Doyan
  • Producers: Menahem Golan
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Ent.
  • VHS Release Date: 11 Oct. 1993
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000MG6Z38
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 263,258 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Action drama starring Rob Lowe as a tough Navy SEAL who, with his best buddy, is sent to check out Iraqi military development during the run up to the Gulf War. Gale Hansen and Tracy Griffith co-star.

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Simply put, Finest Hour is one of the best documentaries on the Battle of Britain. Combining impeccable narration, personal accounts and stunning footage--some previously unseen--it is both a collection of inspiring and often touching personal accounts from men and women who were there and a story of the behind-the-scenes relationship between Churchill and Roosevelt.

The story begins in 1940 as the Low Countries and France are occupied by Nazi Germany--and the Luftwaffe begins to litter Britain, especially London, with thousands upon thousands of bombs. The only thing standing between Britain and the German army was the English Channel. Onto this stage emerged Winston Churchill, a Prime Minister in whom not every Briton had a great deal of faith under such critical circumstances. The documentary juxtaposes the fears individuals had at the switch in leadership with Churchill's own struggle to solidify his leadership and shore up morale--all in the face of the nightly blitz. Behind the scenes, Churchill found it essential to bring the United States into the war. His and Roosevelt's political relationship evolved into a kind of friendship, but initially the popularity of isolationism at home restricted Roosevelt's ability to contribute to the British war effort, despite his vehement personal opposition to Nazism.

This two-tape set will be one of the definitive visual histories of Britain's struggle, and no serious historian should be missing it in a collection. --Erik Macki --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By feverpitch96 on 22 Aug. 2006
Format: VHS Tape
Told with clarity and often quite an emotional wallop, this fine series brings us the perspective of The Battle of Britain often lacking from the vast pile of other documentaries on the subject; personal accounts of the human realities of the situation from a generation whose ranks are thinning fast. As such these interviews and memories are a crucial part of Britain's wartime history.

You'd think the Battle of Britain had all been done by now as far as documentaries are concerned. All the facts chewed over, all the emotional and patriotic buttons pushed and every angle examined. But at least until you see this, and amongst other things hear the tale of the poor girl in the RAF operations room whose duty required her to listen to the imminent death of her fighter-pilot fiancée, you'd be wrong.
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*This review is for the DVD and VHS of the 1991 Gulf War film by Shimon Dotan, not the TV series about WWII, which Amazon and IMDB keep getting mixed up!

The Finest Hour (1991) is a war film starring Rob Lowe. The plot tells of two Navy SEALs who become best friends whilst training, but fall out over a woman and end their training on opposite sides of the country because of this. They are then sent out on a number of missions together following Sadam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait, one involving the rescue of their instructor and Chief Petty Officer; here they must overcome their differences and work together again.

This film was pretty low key when it came out, certainly not as high profile as Navy Seals (1990) starring Charlie Sheen. I would say both films are equal in quality. Lowe pulls of the wise-cracking tough guy with ease, seemingly comfortable in the role; the rest of the cast - relatively unknown - also play their parts well. There are two storylines running concurrently here: the love triangle and the invasion of Iraq, which makes for interesting watching, if you don't just want all-out battle scenes.

Also stars: Gale Hansen (Dead Poets Society), Tracy Griffith (First Power), and Eb Lottimer (North & South).
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Jan. 2001
Format: VHS Tape
Finest Hour takes us to the actual people involved in the second world war, their suffering and courage. This video makes the war seem even more real as the sometimes emotional descriptions of events help to paint a vivid picture in ones mind of the stupidity of conflict.
This film provides an educational and historically accurate account of one of the greatest human tradgedies the world has ever seen.
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By M. Leggatt on 18 Aug. 2010
Format: VHS Tape Verified Purchase
This was purchased for my father-in-law who was very happy with the rapid delivery and quality of the product. Thank you
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Real SEAL / Military Detail 20 Aug. 2000
By Ben Zona - Published on Amazon.com
I was in this film (as an extra). We had 3 SEALs on hand to make sure SEAL details stayed accurate. In addition, most of the extras portraying soldiers were either veterans of the US Army, the Marines or the Israeli Army. (Most of the action scenes were shot in Israel.) Rob Lowe will never know what it is to be a real soldier, and as an actor just learned to "talk the talk", but many of the others you see in uniform have also "walked the walk". This can be seen in the small details.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Better than any other SEAL film. Don't miss this one. 26 May 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
TFH is the SEAL film you've been waiting to see. The action sequences are spankin', exciting, and full of realistic-looking tactical detail. In comparison, G.I. Jane and Charlie Sheen's Navy SEALs were high-budget, big-hype Hollywood disappointments -- all promise, weak game.
Shimon Dotan is the only director to have successfully translated on film the general public's fantasy of Navy SEALs in training and in action.
Admittedly, the development of the lead characters' personal lives is slow, flat and dull by comparison. But the action scenes are so darn satisfying, I don't care.
I just wish they made many more films like this one.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Where is the DVD version of this movie? 17 Jan. 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
One word to describe this movie, AWSOME! I believe one of the best military movies, this side of Saving Private Ryan that was filmed. We need to contact the film makers to produce it in DVD Widescreen format really soon. I remember watching it 7 years ago on cable, and I thought it was before it's time. 5 stars all the way!.....
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A Fathers Opinion 27 Feb. 2011
By Marilynn - Published on Amazon.com
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I too have been waiting for this movie (and "The Silver Strand") to come to DVD. I have most every movie, documentary and History Channel and the Military Channel program that has anything to do with SEALs. After watching my sons carreer in the Navy since 92' and a SEAl since 97' you can well imagine my library. Not to mention the home Movies of portions of his 2 Buds Class's. Anyway, I too find this movie entertaining and am always amused to read comments from many before me who speak as though they really know what they are talking about. Sorry to burst your bubble boys but although there is some authenticity in this movie it is still 98% Hollywood. My son always states that the day an authentic movie comes out about the "Job" he does will be a scary day for America. The good new is there are a few movies in the pipeline, including a couple about SEAL's in Nam. The one which I am told might be coming out in the relatively near future is more up to date. Again remember, anything we see on the little or big screen will be filtered so much that it too will be very enjoyable but not truely realistic. Did you like "Tears Of The Sun" with Bruce Willis. I loved it but NOT anything like a real SEAL mission!!OK, the one that will most probably be coming out soon has to do with what is now a Seal Recruitment Tag...maybe a book too...and the movie will probably not be called this but at THIS time it is "I AM THAT MAN".....GOD BLESS AMERICA
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Well this is different 29 Oct. 2006
By varhou - Published on Amazon.com
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This movie traces the lives of two navy seals buddies during operation Desert Shield or Desert Storm. It shows how these two buddies met, who they were, their lives as SEALS, the operation and the end of it all. Hammer played by Rob Lowe is the one who loves the job. He would put his life on the line for the SEALS any day and as the old phrase goes "wild horses could not drag me away". The other, Mesoley played by Gale Hansen is the more "it's a job" sort of guy he could take it or leave it. This movie explores these two men on a personal level. Hammer is the arrogant daredevil SEAL where Mesoley is the play it safe humble sort of SEAL their personalities contrast each other. The real victim of this story is played by Tracy Griffin, the woman torn between two lovers. The movie shows you quite a different side of war one from the perspective of someone who's been there. Its a movie that should be appreciated for its different view on the war and the affects it has on those who fight it. While it has everything you would expect as a war movie don't see it as purely a war movie this movie is more about two buddies caught in war and the price they had to pay for that war. I enjoyed this movie because it was different its not the average arrogant Navy SEALS movie definately worth a look if you're into that sort of thing.
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