Operation Hollywood

Operation HollywoodHave your favorite movies been censored or meddled with by the Pentagon? Since the 80's, and the success of Top Gun, Hollywood has increased its production of big budget war movies, using military bases, submarines and aircraft carriers that the armed forces have generously made available to the studios. In exchange, the Pentagon's experts vet hundreds of screenplays each year.

Using lots of movie clips, Operation Hollywood explores this cozy relationship, and questions the wisdom of letting the Pentagon use movies to promote the U.S. army's image.

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10 Comments / User Reviews

  1. Kathleen

    This movie is ridiculous. They portray the military as censoring villains when they are only withholding assistance. I personally wouldn't want to lend my car to someone who was going to show me in a bad light. Why should they be forced to give help or access to military equipment for something they don't like, it makes no sense. It's not as if the military is putting forth effort to stop the filming, they just don't want to let them use their resources.

  2. aaron

    They not only withhold assistance but they pressure the mpaa. NO war movies are released without the pentagons approval.

  3. me

    Hollywood is just one huge, powerful propoganda machine...grow up!

  4. GeorgeSlaveownerWashington

    The multi-billion dollar Hollywood movie machine would make Nazi filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl blush in shame, as America's system in much more powerful, global in its influence, and disguised behind the Big Lie of (snicker) American "media freedom."

    Hollywood=American Goebbels.

  5. Liebewitz

    Strub -ought to be the word for 'edit to make subject matter- fine'. It is in my lexicon-now

  6. Liebewitz

    I urge ye-

    -avoid Hollywood-and most media networks- in all of their manifestations!!!.

    The last fictional 'movee' I paid to see was in the mid-1970's. I was young !-er! That's my excuse!.

    Incidentally-when I flew to LA-from Ireland-on my journey around the USA during the last decade...
    -I never saw 'that sign'. I was visiting real people.

    Too many -have been seduced by this part of the machine.

    Too many brainless media people urging with 'micro phoninees'-their audience to go to the next 'big must see.

    It's the-PR=market -and downward to the little media people -we must resist---
    yes-THEY- are worse than the bankers-I tell ya

  7. Jay

    Duh, why wouldnt the military use hollywood. Plus, military movies are the best!!

  8. dte

    Its not ridiculous in showing people how much of thier media content can actually be propaganda. The military is the only place to access the most realistic equipment if you are going to make a war movie, so they use this monopoly to purposely limit scripts, even if the scripts are simply showing reaity. Why did they censor Windtalkers and !3 Days of things which were historically accurate? It would be better overall if the miliitary refused to get involved in any movies besides their own training and recruitment ones.. As long as they continue to push thier agenda on private films, everyone should know this is going on. Then when we all go to the movies we can see what is obvious military propaganda rather than an artistic vison or accurate potrayal of war.

  9. awful_truth

    Well, this is one of the few documentaries you will ever watch, where the truth from every perspective is revealed, simply because it exposes every agenda involved when it comes to making war movies.
    Ultimately, the artist has the high ground above the military because even when they go to the wall to make sure it is accurate to the finest detail, the military will not back it, because they are not interested in 'the truth', only in the perception of how they are portrayed. If that isn't a business, I don't know what is!

  10. P.A.

    Just look at what "big budget" films are being made....mostly good v. bad, us v. them narrative. Violence and warfare always welcomed in Hollywood...but never more than 3 pumps

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