Marathon Honors Heroes of Combat from Six Iconic Films
AMC HEROES Programming Event Airs throughout May
New York, NY – April 30, 2009 – Senator John McCain will host AMC’s Memorial Day Movie Marathon, War Heroes, featuring six classic war films and celebrating the stories of the silver screen’s greatest heroes of combat. Throughout the War Heroes marathon, which premieres Monday, May 25 at 8am ET, Senator McCain will speak candidly about his personal wartime experiences and the significance of Memorial Day. War Heroes, part of AMC’s month-long tribute to the heroes and heroines of Hollywood, features the films Midway (1976), Patton (1970), The Longest Day (1962), Hamburger Hill (1987), Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970) and Battle of the Bulge (1965).
"The interesting thing that I found about heroes, is that they’re the last people to believe that they’re really heroes," the Senator remarked. Of his own experience, McCain said, "The great honor and privilege of my life was to have served in the company of heroes."
War Heroes is one in a series of hero movie marathons airing throughout May as part of AMC HEROES: Biggest, Baddest, Boldest. The month-long programming event pays homage to every type of hero – from caped crusaders to five-star Generals -with hosted film marathons every Saturday. Among the featured films are In the Line of Fire, Dirty Harry, Missing in Action, The Last Samurai, Code of Silence, The Octagon, Pale Rider and Death Wish.
In addition to War Heroes, the AMC HEROES: Biggest, Baddest, Boldest Movie Marathons include:
- Saturday, May 9: Super Heroes hosted by Ron Perlman (Hellboy)
- Saturday, May 16: Action Heroes hosted by Terminator Salvation director, McG
- Saturday, May 23: Western Heroes hosted by Thomas Hayden Church (Broken Trail)
- Saturday, May 30: Anti-Heroes hosted by "Breaking Bad" star Aaron Paul.
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