Sony Movie Channel Airs Military Movie Marathon for Memorial Day

Sony Movie Channel Kellie Freeze
We salute, Das Boot. Image courtesy: Sony Movie Channel

Sony Movie Channel salutes veterans with a Memorial Day Marathon featuring 14 WWII and Military classics. The daylong marathon begins at 6:45am ET on Monday, May 25 and features films starring legendary and heroic actors including: Kirk Douglas, Ronald Reagan, Robert Mitchum and Denzel Washington.

We salute, Das Boot. Image courtesy: Sony Movie Channel
We salute, Das Boot. Image courtesy: Sony Movie Channel

6:45am ET
The Wackiest Ship In The Army (1960)
Starring: Jack Lemmon and Ricky Nelson
Lieutenant Rip Crandall (Lemmon) is hoodwinked into taking command of the “Wackiest Ship in the Navy” – with a crew of misfits but none of them know that this ship has a very important top-secret mission to complete in waters patrolled by the Japanese fleet.

8:30am ET
Hellcats of the Navy (1957)
Starring: Ronald Regan and Nancy Davis (in their only film together)
A WWII submarine commander (Regan) Is given the mission to chart the minefields in the waters of Japan.

10am ET
A Soldier’s Story (1984)
Starring: Howard E. Rollins Jr. Adolph Caesar, Denzel Washington
An African American officer investigates a murder in a racially charged situation in World War II.

11:45am ET
The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial (1988)
Starring: Jeff Daniels, Eric Bogosian and Peter Gallagher
Robert Altman directed the full-length adaption of the court-martial segment from the novel, “The Caine Mutiny.”

1:50pm ET

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Jim Belushi in Sahara. Image Courtesy: Sony Movie Channel

Sahara (1995 TV Movie)
Starring: James Belushi, Alan David Lee
In June 1942, U.S. Army sergeant Joe Gunn leads his tank into the Sahara desert to evade advancing Rommel’s forces and reach Allied lines. He picks up few Allied soldiers and when they run out of water, they find an ancient well, and decide to defend it against an entire German battalion.

3:45pm ET
Ike: Countdown to D-Day (2004)
Starring: Tom Selleck, James Remar and Timothy Bottoms
In this dramatization of the 90 days leading up to the Allied invasion of Normandy, General Dwight D. Eisenhower orchestrates one of history’s most important military maneuvers.

4:15pm ET
Paratrooper (1953)
Starring: Alan Ladd, Leo Genn, Susan Stephen
A distraught former-soldier in the U.S. Army enlists in the British Military and helps during the wartime raid on the German radar station at Bruneval.

6:45pm ET
Okinawa (1952)
Starring: Pat O’Brien, Cameron Mitchell, Richard Denning
Relive the dramatic struggle for Okinawa between the ships of the U.S. Navy and the Japanese suicide planes — the Kamaikazes. The Film is filled with footage from official U.S. war-department films and U.S. and Japanese newsreels

8pm ET
Anzio (1968)
Starring: Robert Mitchum, Peter Falk, Robert Ryan
Allies clash against German forces in one of WWIIs bloodiest battles over the Anzio beachhead. The furious fighting took four months and caused 30,000 casualties before the Allies finally march to Rome.

9pm ET
Lost Command (1966)
Starring: Anthony Quinn, Alain Delon, George Segal
French Army Colonel Raspeguy leads his paratroopers in battle against the Communist Viet Minh forces and against Algerian guerrilla fighters during the Algerian War.

12:20am ET (May 26)
Das Boot (1981)
Starring: Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer, Klaus Wennemann
Director Wolfgang Peterson directs his award-winning masterpiece about the claustrophobic world onboard a WWII German submarine.

3am ET (May 26)
Iron Eagle (1986)
Starring: Louis Gossett Jr., Jason Gedrick, David Suchet
When Doug’s father, an Air Force Pilot, is shot down over a Middle Eastern state, he finds an Air Force Colonel who plans an unlikely rescue mission.

5:05am ET (May 26)
Company of Heroes (2013)
Starring: Tom Sizemore, Alastair Mackenzie, Chad Michael Collins
American soldiers lost behind enemy lines discover that Hitler has a super bomb in development. They set out to find the scientist in charge of the program and help him defect.

6:55am (May 26)
The Heroes of Telemark (1965)
Starring: Kirk Douglas, Richard Harris
Based on a true story, Norwegian resistance tries to stop the German Production of an atomic bomb component.

Some of the films in the Memorial Day marathon are scheduled for additional airings throughout the month of May and can be found here.