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When Trumpets Fade (1998)

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A private in the latter days of WWII on the German front struggles between his will to survive and what his superiors perceive as a battlefield instinct.

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John Irvin

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W.W. Vought
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ron Eldard ... Manning
Zak Orth ... Pvt. Warren Sanderson
Frank Whaley ... Chamberlain - Medic
Dylan Bruno ... Sgt. Talbot
Devon Gummersall ... Lonnie
Dan Futterman ... Despin
Steven Petrarca ... Baxter
Dwight Yoakam ... Lieutenant Colonel
Martin Donovan ... Capt. Pritchett
Timothy Olyphant ... Lt. Lukas
Jeffrey Donovan ... Bobby
Bobby Cannavale ... Capt. Zenek
Frank-Michael Köbe Frank-Michael Köbe ... German Sergeant (as Frank Köbe)
András Stohl András Stohl ... Wounded Soldier
Matthew Rutson Cooney Matthew Rutson Cooney ... Driver Corporal (as Matthew Ruston Cooney)
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In WWII Western Germany, Private David Manning reluctantly leaves behind a mortally wounded fellow soldier and searches for survivors from his platoon, only to learn from commanding officer Captain Pritchett that they have all been killed in action. Despite requesting a discharge on the grounds of mental disability, Manning is promoted to sergeant and assigned to lead a new platoon of young inductees. Written by Anonymous

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In the heat of battle not all soldiers can be heroes

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Rated R for graphic war carnage and strong language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 June 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hurtgen See more »

Filming Locations:

Budapest, Hungary See more »

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Stereo

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1.33 : 1
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The phrase "Nobody Dies" is a reference to the book and film "A Walk in the Sun (1945)", where "Nobody Dies" is the platoon motto. Both book and film deal with similar effects of war as "When Trumpets Fade". See more »

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When assaulting the 88s, the two men were using M2 flamethrowers. The burn time on these flamethrowers was 7 seconds, but are pictured spouting flames for much longer. See more »

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Narrator, news footage: August 1944. The outcome of the Second World War appeared to be no longer in doubt. Paris was liberated. After four years of fighting, victory against the Germans seemed assured. Since the Normandy landings, American and Allied forces had battled their way across northern Europe, and pushed the German enemy to within its own homeland.
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White Christmas
Written by Irving Berlin
Performed by Bing Crosby
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When Struggling for Survival Is More Important than Patriotism, in an Excellent Unknown Movie
29 May 2004 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In 1944, in Hurtgen Forest in the border of Belgium, Pvt. David Manning (Ron Eldard) is the only man of his company to survive a battle in the woods. He joins a new company trying to get a medical waive, and although having difficulties to respect his superiors, he is promoted to sergeant due to his leadership and instinct of survival. After a new battle, when he destroys the German cannons, he is promoted to lieutenant.

"When Trumpets Fade" is a great surprise: totally unknown in Brazil, without any publicity, it is indeed an excellent war movie. Based on a true story, the Hurtgen Forest Battle, where 24,000 soldiers died, this film shows, without any clemency or romance, how stupid a war is. The soldiers are moved by the instinct of survival, and not by patriotism like other movies usually present. The battle scenes are amazingly real, showing shattered bodies or man losing parts of their bodies. A must-see movie, recommended for audiences who look for raw and naked true story, with magnificent interpretations and direction. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): "Quando os Bravos se Calam" ("When the Braves Silence")


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