DVD - 2015
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Olympian and war hero Louis Zamperini survived in a raft for 47 days after a near-fatal plane crash in WWII, only to be caught by the Japanese Navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp.
Audience: OFRB rating: 14A.
Publisher: Universal City : Universal studios Home Entertainment, 2015.
Branch Call Number: DVD FIC Unbro
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (138 min.) : digital, sound, colour ; 12 cm
Language Note: In English dubbed in French and Spanish with French and Spanish subtitles.
Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.


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May 18, 2021

There's nothing wrong with the premise. The problem is that it been done before with variations. Nobody done WWII film on liberation of Aleutian Islands or Southern France (operation Dragoon)

Mar 16, 2021

Unbroken is a major motion picture based on the life of Louie Zamperini and there is a very well written book about his life as well. This movie is very emotional. It shows Louie’s life while imprisoned, and many other heartbreaking moments. I think the acting is very good and truly impactful. I enjoyed watching the movie and I would recommend it to anyone who likes watching history movies. Or anyone who enjoys learning about the history of World War II. My favourite part of the movie is when Louie was lost at sea with his comrades. It is crazy to watch how they had to survive on those rafts starving and burning. Something I wish the movie incorporated was Louie’s early life before the war. The book explains in great detail about his early life and I wish the movie could add screen time about his childhood and more about his Olympic career. I give this movie a star rating of ⅘. -@PBVolunteer of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Aug 10, 2020

At first I thought it would be boring. In fact , I kept watching it until the end. Honestly it's not very touching and inspiring but you may amaze how Zamperini's physical strength could endure the hardship. Besides, I felt that the treatment to American prisoners by Japanese army were not too bad in the movie. At least they didn't torture or kill even one of them. Another failure of the movie is that those American soldiers' hairstyle were so neat and good-looking all the time.

Jul 26, 2020

When it becomes pretty obvious to me that someone is being demonized, I become resistant. It works in the other direction as well, someone is pictured as a saint, it might require something special for me to get on board.
I'm all in for dramas of flawed human beings. Sometimes these turn out to be tales of redemption that make me cry.
The DVD's extra is a testimonial to Zamperini, from family, friends and acquaintances with fond remembrances and in some cases awesome respect.
In terms of an endurance tale, the film unspools giving us a lot of details. Over at IMDB they will give you a list of endurance movies, such as 'Lord of Rings', 'Cape Fear', 'Raging Bull', 'Rocky IV', 'Cool Hand Luke'. These are powerful movies.
After seeing the testimonial, I thought that the real interest was this 'something special' quality that so many liked to recognize in him. Instead, we got the sufferer who is cheered on.
It is the suffering, and the coming to terms with it, that appears to be the gold in this story. Not enduring, but rising above.

Dec 03, 2019

Zamperini's story is truly awe inspiring and a testament to the tenacity of a man. This film, while hitting the major events in his life, lacks the soul and emotion required to tell his story. I had to turn the film off midway through because it was too hokey. Instead of watching this film, read Laura Hillenbrand's biography of Louis. Hillenbrand documents his life in all its gravitas. I could not put the book down and I wish everyone to experience Louis' full story.

Jun 03, 2019

A well done movie about one man's fortitude and endurance. Be sure to watch the bonus feature.

bibliosara May 16, 2019

As heartbreaking as it is inspiring, Unbroken tells the story of a man who struggles through a war, through torture, and through impossible odds to become a better man than he was before. Somehow, Zamperini used his experiences to improve himself - the sequel of this movie explains that forgiveness and hope did not come immediately, but rather some time later after a spiritual revelation led him to Christianity. In Unbroken, we watch Zamperini's journey from hometown long shot to soldier to prisoner, feeling our own hearts torn as we watch him come close to breaking again and again. Yet the hope that comes from his survival will be worth every painful moment.

Feb 08, 2019

A few years ago I watched the cable broadcast of the interview of Angelina Jolie in reference to the back story of this movie "Unbroken". They went into more detail about how he suffered alcoholism and struggled to finally reach the point of stability and understanding with his purpose in regards to the church and God.

Since, I do not regularly keep up with movies and releases, I completely missed this opportunity until I stumbled across the documentary at the local New Tampa Library. The movie actually tells less of his story then what was provided with the interview which left me wanting more.

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The movie provided all the suspense expected in a WWII movie and the strength one human soul can endure. It was hard, as always, to watch how the human body can be pushed to the limits by nature and the inhumanity of another. The way "the bird" treated Louis was solely based on breaking his spirit or the intent to. My favorite part of the movie is when he chose to suffer with his fellow prisoners of war then lie on Japanese national radio for the commodities of life. How true that story is to the actual events of the time, I will never know but it was a great scene. If only all of humanity felt this compassionate about their fellow man, we wouldn't have psychological abuse, harassment, bullying, or suicide.

I am familiar with the histories of how violent war can be based on past Vietnam Veteran studies and can say that this was no different. How far the Japanese culture has come from that time to now by understanding the spiritual ramifications of their actions and having now made efforts to resolve pain and suffering that was caused to any soldiers that were still living by flying them out to Japan is a beautiful story. I would just like to see the same understanding and acknowledgement of the actions of American soldiers on the Japanese land by nuclear weapons.

Jan 18, 2019

Simply amazing ! Everything...the story, the acting, the takeaway...wonderful!

Jul 23, 2018

Absolutely a super movie they do not make them like this very often.

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Apr 30, 2015

Watanabe: You are like me. We are both strong. I saw it in your eyes...The first day. I thought ...This man will be my friend But...Enemy of Japan.

Phil: They've been taking parts off this for other planes. We're lucky it's still got an engine.
Cup: Well, the lieutenant says it's airworthy. It's been certified, he says.
Phil: ...by Helen Keller.

Apr 30, 2015

Louis: I'm gonna kill him.
-Then they shoot you.
Louis: I don't give a damn.
Let them shoot me.
-That's not how we beat them. We beat them by making it to the end of the war alive. That's how we do it. That's our revenge.
Louis: If I can take it, I can make it.
Louis: My brother Pete used to say that. He used to think that I could do anything. He used to think that I was better than I am.
-Who says you're not?

Apr 29, 2015

Pete Zamperini: “You keep going the way you’re going, you’ll end up as a bum on the street. You train. You fight harder than those other guys and you win. If you can take it, you can make it. You can do this, Lou, you just gotta believe you can. Pop does. Ma does. I do. Louie, a moment of pain is worth a lifetime of glory.

Priest: “However dark the night, however dim our hopes, the light will always follow darkness.”


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Jun 03, 2015

Violence: Not violence with guns. However it is strong with beatings. Some of which makes you cringe because of the brutality. However, I think a mature 11 year old can handle it.


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