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  • 2014
  • US
  • 137 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Angelina Jolie
  • Written by: Joel Coen (screenplay), Ethan Coen (screenplay) , Richard LaGravenese (screenplay), William Nicholson (screenplay), Laura Hillenbrand (book)
  • Cast: Jack O'Connell, Garrett Hedlund, Domhnall Gleeson
  • UK release: 26 December 2014

Staggering true story of Louis Zamperini (O'Connell), an Olympic runner who in WW II became a USAAF bombardier who was shot down, survived in a raft for days and ended up in a Japanese POW camp. Jolie's directorial skills are much improved, but there's just too much story going for any character development.

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After a near-fatal plane crash in WWII, Olympian Louis Zamperini spends a harrowing 47 days in a raft with two fellow crewmen before he's caught by the Japanese navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp.

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