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Red White Black & Blue

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by Tom Putnam
color, 86 min/53 min, 2007

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"My job was to kill Japanese, and that's what I did."

Bill Jones and Andy Petrus are the two toughest 85-year-olds you've ever met.

Together, these life-long friends fought 3,000 Japanese in a secret Alaskan invasion during World War II. Now, 60 years later, these two forgotten heroes embark on an intense and emotional journey back to the remote Aleutian island of Attu, where they relive the brutal 19-day battle that the American government kept secret.

As Bill and Andy retrace their steps over this desolate, untouched battlefield - a living museum littered with crashed airplanes, collapsing buildings, and unexploded bombs - the line between past and present begins to blur and long-forgotten memories resurface with moving force.

Red White Black & Blue isn't just one soldier's story - it is the story of every solider who faces an enemy he does not understand and returns home with scars that are slow to heal.

Walk through one of the bloodiest battles of World War II with the soldiers who lived it. Through their eyes you'll experience the complicated, and sometimes contradictory, mindset of a nation at war and what it really means to be an American hero.

Red White Black & Blue is the first feature-length documentary to tell the story of the Battle of Attu, one of the bloodiest battles of World War II and the only invasion of the United States since the War of 1812.

"Rescues the battle from oblivion while asking how 4,000 dead soldiers became an obscure footnote in history... Reveals the psychological scars of warfare with a respect that doesn't preclude deeper questions about morality." — Variety
"A wrenching look at a forgotten battle." — The Boston Globe

Film Festivals, Screenings, Awards
Port Townsend Film Festival, WA, 2008
Veterans Day screenings on PBS, 2007
Bend Film Festival, Oregon, 2007
Opening Night Film, Critics Week, Locarno International Film Festival, 2007
World Premiere, Independent Film Festival of Boston, 2007
Maryland Film Festival, 2007

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Red White Black & Blue at Independent Lens

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