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Zangaro ("The Dogs of War")

The film version of Frederick Forsyth's "The Dogs of War" had a flag for the fictional Republic of Zangaro in Africa. Black with some kind of red rising sun emblem. Sorry I cannot be more specific. It was a long time since I saw the film and IIRC it was a rotten adaptation anyway.
Stuart Notholt, 11 February 1996

The West-African country of Zangaro had a flag with a yellow star with 10 points in the centre and from the centre red and black stripe emerge, like in the Dutch naval jack.
Jeroen Heijmans, 19 April 1999

Movies with flags in a great number

Of movies in which flags figure not only symbolically, but in great numbers as well, one may mention a film about Genghis Khan (starring Omar Sharif, I think) which made use of the Mongol form of vexilloids quite a bit.

Alexander Justice, 24 November 1995

The Talented Mr. Ripley

The trailer I just saw on TV of the movie "The Talented Mr Ripley" (Matt Damon) shows a scene in which the star is piloting a gondola (or something like that). Behind him is a large red flag with yellow orinate, oriental type design on it.
Steve Stringfellow, 06 January 2000

It is the flag of Venice
Antonio Martins, 07 January 2000

Unidentified flags in movies

I saw a couple of flags on TV that I hope someone can identify for me.

The first was in a shot taken at the 1936 Olympics. The flag, which was flying among the national flags around the stadium, was a Union Jack defaced by a white circle in the middle in which there seemed to be a castle with two or three turrets.

The second flag (actually, I guess it's a banner) was in the Mel Brooks remake of "To Be Or Not To Be." It was a rectangular banner, hanging on an office wall. At the top (in chief?) was the Nazi flag (a horizontal red bar with the white circle and black swastika). The rest of the banner was a vertical black-white-red tricolor. A real banner or just a movie prop?
Phil Cleary, 24 November 1999

The instances of a castle in British state heraldry I can think of are in the Irish Royal Crest, "A castle triple-towered [?], from the portal a hart springing Argent, attired and hooved Or". The City of Gibraltar's arms have a red castle on white, a gold key on red in base.
Andrew Yong, 25 November 1999

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