The Canon 58 | 1/4/16
Gunga Din

Goodbye 2015 and Hello 1939! This week Devin & Amy discuss one of the greatest adventure movies of all time based on a poem: Gunga Din. It's a film about three British sergeants and Gunga Din, their native Indian water carrier, who fight the Thuggee, a cult of murderous Indians in colonial British India. Tune in to hear Devin & Amy talk about this charming and fun George Stevens film -- and head to the forums on Wolfpop to cast the deciding vote!



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Hey guys, I wanna start off by saying I really enjoy the show! Forgive me for commenting on this episode since it's kind of old, but I'm slowly working my way through the back catalog and really had to comment on some of the things you talked about during the episode. Specifically some of the assertstions you guys made about the movie Lone Survivor and how it relates to Gunga Din. First, a little background on me, I'm a veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. I served as an Infantry man for almost 11 years in the Army, and experienced a lot of stuff during both of my deployments. I wanna address a few things you brought up in the show; first, I'm not sure if you guys were aware but tue movie Lone Survivor was based off a book of the same name that was written as a memoir by Marcus Lutrell, the "lone survivor" of Operation Redwings. I won't pretend that the movie is 100% accurate, and I know for a fact that many of the events in the film were dramatized for effect, as well as several key points of the mission being left out of the film for whatever reason. Aside from the three Seals, 11 Army Rangers as well as the flight crews from two helicopters were killed trying to evacuate Marcus. Frankly I don't like the movie, I think it's war porn, however, that doesn't change the fact that those men were killed doing what they thought was right. I guess I just took issue with what I perceived was a blase attitude that you guys were using during your discussion. I will say that from what I know of how that mission went the only accurate part of the film was that running gun battle that took up the whole second act. In fact, Mike Murphy, the team commander received the Medal of Honor for his actions that day. The guy they were after was a ruthless and brutal Taliban commander who was still around 5 years after the events depicted in the film when I was in Afghanistan. Anyway this is getting long winded, possibly bordering on rambling. As I said earlier, I took slight offense to the way the events were discussed, from the standpoint that it's a movie I totally understand, I don't like the movie, but I guess it gets tricky when we are talking about real events and real people. Anyway, thanks for putting out a great show!