The three flag-raisers are hurled into the public spotlight as canon fodder and used as propaganda tools to sell war bonds.
The war and their subsequent brush with celebrity marked the men for the rest of their lives. The crux of Eastwood's film is how wars, even 'good' ones, create perpetual nightmares for the people who fight them.
Eastwood, 76, said he did not set out to make a war film, but a movie about the meaning of heroism and an examination of celebrity, something he has lived with for years as he rose from spaghetti westerns to making Oscar-winning films.
Eastwood examines nature of heroism in new movie - Yahoo! News