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Saints and Soldiers (2003)

PG-13 | | Action, Drama, War | 25 March 2005 (USA)
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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.

Director:

Ryan Little

Writers:

Geoffrey Panos (original story), Geoffrey Panos (screenwriter) | 1 more credit »
16 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Corbin Allred ... Cpl. Nathan 'Deacon' Greer
Alexander Polinsky ... Medic Steven Gould (as Alexander Niver)
Kirby Heyborne ... Flt. Sgt. Oberon Winley
Larry Bagby ... Pvt. Shirley 'Shirl' Kendrick (as Lawrence Bagby)
Peter Holden ... SSgt. Gordon Gunderson
Ethan Vincent ... Rudolph 'Rudi' Gertz
Melinda Renee ... Catherine Theary
Ruby Chase ... Sophie Theary (as Ruby Chase O'Neil)
Jeff Birk Jeff Birk ... Radio Announcer
Benjamin Gourley ... Private McKinley (as Ben Gourley)
Tane Williams Tane Williams ... Injured One-Armed Soldier
Randy Beard Randy Beard ... German Officer #1
Curt Doussett ... German Soldier #1
Michael Buster Michael Buster ... German Soldier #2
M. Casey Reeves M. Casey Reeves ... Weeping Soldier
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Action | Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

25 March 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Saints of War See more »

Filming Locations:

Alpine, Utah, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$780,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$129,056, 8 August 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,310,470
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Sound Mix:

DTS (DTS-HD 5.1)| Dolby Digital (5.1 surround)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1 / (high definition)
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Trivia

The highest opening weekend of any release from Excel Entertainment: $129,056 (from only 26 screens; week of August 6-8, 2004) See more »

Goofs

The German commandeered MB/GPW Jeep is correct for the period, up till the moment it is blown up near the climatic solution. It then changes to a post-war Korean-era Willys M38 (larger headlights are the first giveaway) - would have been more criminal to destroy an MB/GPW(!). See more »

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Followed by Saints and Soldiers: Airborne Creed (2012) See more »

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Villa
Performed by JoAnn Ottley
JOANN OTTLEY: Retrospective
1999 Tantara Records
Used by permissionn
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As a British viewer this was poor
4 September 2009 | by jeffonsaxSee all my reviews

As a British viewer I would categorise this film as OK but not great. My main problem with it the way that the British airman was portrayed. The character is portrayed as a selfish, rude and not very nice person.

Sure there are some Brits like this but in this film we are not told why. It would have been good to have had some background and character development on why this RAF plot behaved like this.

Other problems with this film is the plot. I was disappointed it did not tell the story of the massacre of the unarmed US troops at Malmedy. Instead it concentrated on a behind enemy lines escape.

The cinema-photography is good which is shot mainly in a snow covered forest. Acting is OK but again I found the medics character confusing. Why was he so nasty to the guy suffering from shell shock? If you are addicted to war films then see this, but it is not as good a Saving Private Ryan.

If you are British this is in the mould of a Mel Gibson 'make the Britis look bad' type movie.


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