Amazing film! Absolutely amazing! So much thought went into all the details. I know many don't like it due to lack of character development, storyline or dialogue but...dammit you are suppose to know a bit of history and if you do then the film immediately works for you, transports you, and is easy to understand and follow... I saw so many small details that most Hollywood directors/producers miss being more concern with glamor and glitter. One small detail struck me immediately: the size and age of the main actors. Soldiers in that era were small by today standards. Ever see those old ww2 propaganda films showing all the boys doing jumping jacks? They all looked underfed compared to our soldiers of today. And, the age and demeanor of the main characters were perfect. PERFECT! No 18-year old is going to give a damn about anything but getting home unless it was being shame by their defeat as one was - after he was safely back home. The air combat scenes were intense and the best we have seen in years and the pilots gave as good as they got but were not supermen like "Top Gun" or other Hollywood crap which continued to give realistic credence to the film. All-in-all, I thought it was perfect. The script, the acting, the casting and certainly the cinematography. How in the hell they managed to pull 300,000 troops off that beach was indeed a true miracle and is expressed extremely well in this film.