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Saints and Soldiers (2003)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 25 March 2005 (USA)
Four American soldiers and one Brit fighting in Europe during World War II struggle to return to Allied territory after being separated from U.S. forces during the historic Malmedy Massacre.

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Cpl. Nathan 'Deacon' Greer
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Medic Steven Gould (as Alexander Niver)
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Flt. Sgt. Oberon Winley
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Pvt. Shirley 'Shirl' Kendrick (as Lawrence Bagby)
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SSgt. Gordon Gunderson
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Rudolph 'Rudi' Gertz
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Catherine Theary
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Sophie Theary (as Ruby Chase O'Neil)
Jeff Birk ...
Radio Announcer
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Private McKinley (as Ben Gourley)
Tane Williams ...
Injured One-Armed Soldier
Randy Beard ...
German Officer #1
Curt Doussett ...
German Soldier #1
Michael Buster ...
German Soldier #2
M. Casey Reeves ...
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After surviving a massacre in Malmedy, a location behind the German army in Europe, four American soldiers with only one weapon rescue the British pilot Oberon Winley (Kirby Heyborn) in a tree and they move together, trying to reach the allied forces and save a great number of allied soldiers from a German attack with the information got by Winley in his flight. While marching, each soldier discloses inner secrets to the rest of the group. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Trapped behind enemy lines. All they have is their hope. See more »

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Action | Adventure | Drama | War

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Rated PG-13 for war violence and related images | See all certifications »

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Budget:

$780,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$129,056, 8 August 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,310,470
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All guns used in the film are authentic and fully-functional, modified to shoot blanks. See more »

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There are several problems with the Malmedy massacre scene. First, there was no snow on the ground when it took place; it snowed afterwards and covered up the bodies. Second, the film shows the massacre beginning when an American prisoner seizes a rifle from a German guard and shoots him, causing the Germans to open fire on everyone; that did not happen. Third, the massacre is shown being committed by Wehrhacht--regular German army--troops. In fact, it was committed by an SS unit under the command of the notorious Col. Joachim Peiper, and it was not, as claimed in the film, a "tragic accident"--Peiper's intention all along was to kill the prisoners, and he had them transported to that open field for precisely that purpose (Peiper served 12 years in prison after the war for his involvement in the crime. In 1976 he was living in France when he was shot to death in his home, which was then burned to the ground, in what many believe was revenge for the Malmedy massacre).

Yes and no - The German version of events unsurprisingly maintains the prisoners were trying to escape when the shooting started and there is a suggestion from some of the survivors that men were moving away from the main group before, or immediately after the first shots were fired, however this is also described by other survivors as men from the front rank pushing backwards to get out of the firing line. The first shots were fired by Romanian SS tanker George Fleps acting on the orders of his tank commander Staff Sergeant Hans Siptrott who believed he was compliant with order issued that prisoners were to be shot if they interfered with the main objective which was to get to the Meuse bridges. At the time of the shootings Peiper was much further back with the HQ group; he did not have the prisoners transported to the field, that's where they were assembled after being captured at the crossroads a few yards north. The battle group was responsible for other shootings along their line of advance particularly Stavelot where Belgian civilians were shot in their homes. It's worth noting that on January 1st 1945, 14 days after Malmedy, 60 German PoWs were murdered at Chenogne as the Americans went on the counter offensive. No-one was ever brought to justice and it was acknowledged that many units were instructed to kill SS troops and paratroopers out of hand. See more »

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Proselytizing with WWII
2 January 2007 | by See all my reviews

It's a Mormon production that avoids explicitly labeling the hero as a Mormon in order to draw in a wider Christian audience. The movie has many problems that were not related to the limited budget. To begin with, the characters who escape the Malmedy Massacre are wearing 101st Airborne Div. shoulder patches. This unit was not in the area of attack at the beginning of the German's Ardennes offensive. In fact, it was members of a field artillery observation battalion who were captured at Malmedy. The portrayal of the medic is is unbelievable and designed to make the Mormon hero appear even more saintly. It was a rare occurrence that a combat medic in the European Theater would carry a sidearm, let alone a rifle while wearing red cross identification patches as this was a violation of the Geneva Conventions. The medic in this movie carries a rifle without hesitation and acts more like an infantryman. The movie claims to be based on actual events, but the only actual event it seems to use is the massacre. The plot line for the RAF pilot seems pretty bogus. He says he was flying photo reconnaissance, but that early in the battle Allied aircraft were grounded by the weather. Even if conditions were clear in England, ground fog and a low cloud cover would have prevented the taking of intelligence photos from the air.

The film looks nice, but that is about it. The production needed a fact checker.


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