RED WHITE BLACK & BLUE

ON JUNE 7, 1942 JAPAN INVADED ALASKA. 60 YEARS LATER, ONE MAN HAS COME TO TAKE IT BACK.

(818) 914-5080

CHOSEN TO BE PART OF THE AMERICAN DEMOCRACY PROJECT

A LOS ANGELES TIMES HIGHLIGHT

A SALON.COM PRIME PICK

A wrenching look at a forgotten battle.
— The Boston Globe
With unerring visual acumen, Red White Black & Blue rescues the battle from oblivion while asking how 4,000 dead soldiers became an obscure footnote in history . . . Reveals the psychological scars of warfare with a respect that doesn’t preclude deeper questions about morality.
— Variety
A fascinating look at a footnote of history that might have changed the war’s outcome had the U.S. not prevailed. Grade: A
— The Christian Science Monitor

RED WHITE BLACK & BLUE is the first feature-length documentary to tell the story of the Battle of Attu, one of the bloodiest battles of World War II and the only invasion of the united states since the War of 1812. 

Bill Jones and Andy Petrus are the two toughest 85-year-olds you've ever met.

Together, these life-long friends fought 3,000 Japanese in a secret Alaskan invasion during World War II. Now, 60 years later, these two forgotten heroes embark on an intense and emotional journey back to the remote Aleutian island of Attu, where they relive the brutal 19-day battle that the American government kept secret.

As Bill and Andy retrace their steps over this desolate, untouched battlefield -- a living museum littered with crashed airplanes, collapsing buildings, and unexploded bombs -- the line between past and present begins to blur and long-forgotten memories resurface with moving force.

RED WHITE BLACK & BLUE isn’t just one soldier’s story -- it is the story of every solider who faces an enemy he does not understand and returns home with scars that are slow to heal.

Walk through one of the bloodiest battles of World War II with the soldiers who lived it. Through their eyes you'll experience the complicated, and sometimes contradictory, mindset of a nation at war and what it really means to be an American hero.
 

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

RED WHITE BLACK & BLUE's director/producer Tom Putnam's past films have played more than 700 film festivals and been released theatrically throughout the world. His most recent feature, the Detroit firefighting documentary BURN, is one of the most successful self-distributed films of all-time. 

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