Carnegie Mellon University

Movie Series: Hollywood Hits the Battlefield

Join the Institute for Politics and Strategy and the Department of English for movie screenings, discussions, and popcorn. Each film will focus on important moments in American military history.


Spring 2023 Films

The Pentagon Wars (1998)

Wednesday, February 15, 2023
5:00 - 7:30 PM
Posner Hall 340, Grand Room


Air Force Lt. Col. John Burton was assigned to evaluate the usefulness of the Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle, an Army troop carrier/scout vehicle that, in its final redesign, was effectively a deathtrap for its occupants. Burton keeps trying to execute a proper live-fire armor test on it but is constantly subverted by his temporary commanding officer, Army Maj. Gen. Partridge, in order to get it under construction and in the field. Starring Kelsey Grammer, Carey Elwes, and Viola Davis. 

Fall 2022 Films

Lone Survivor (2013)

Tuesday, September 13, 2022
4:00 - 6:00 PM
Posner Hall 340, Grand Room

lone survivor

Marcus Luttrell and his team set out on a mission to capture or kill notorious Taliban leader Ahmad Shah, in late June 2005. Marcus and his team are left to fight for their lives in one of the most valiant efforts of modern warfare. Starring Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch. 

Glory (1989)

Tuesday, October 25, 2022
4:00 - 6:00 PM
Posner Hall 392


Robert Gould Shaw leads the U.S. Civil War's first all-black volunteer company, fighting prejudices from both his own Union Army, and the Confederates. Starring Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, Cary Elwes. 

The Big Red One (1980)

Tuesday, November 15, 2022
4:00 - 6:00 PM
Posner Hall 340, Grand Room

Big Red One

A hardened sergeant and the four core members of his infantry unit try to survive World War II as they move from battle to battle throughout Europe. Starring Lee Marvin, Mark Hamill, Robert Carradine.