Photo courtesy of the Gary Sinise Foundation

It’s been 24 years since Forrest Gump met Lt. Dan and got the same sage advice that so many fresh troops before and after have received from on high: “Change your socks.” In the years that followed his iconic role, Gary Sinise has become a well-known figure in the military and veteran communities, thanks to his advocacy on behalf of service members and their families.

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The Dirty Dozen production photo

One of the common complaints about Hollywood is that everything is either a reboot, remake, or sequel. Some of them are horrible, some are entertaining. “In a world” (to use a movie trailer voice) where Spider-Man can be rebooted three times in less than 20 years, with multiple sequels within the reboots — it’s a damn shame that some great war and military movies can’t get the 21st-century treatment. These aren’t necessarily the greatest war films of all time, but by virtue of relevance or the fact that they would look vastly better today, somebody needs to remake or reboot them. Here are the first ones that need to be done.

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