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The Fallen (2004)

Not Rated | | Action, Drama, War | 2004 (USA)
The story of ordinary men during WWII as seen from three different points of View.


Ari Taub
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Credited cast:
Christopher R Swanson ... German Medic
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Daniel Asher ... Lt. Watts
Brian Bancale Brian Bancale ... US armored car
C.J. Barkus C.J. Barkus ... Private Pulver
Maurizio Benazzo Maurizio Benazzo ... Italian refugee
Ida Bernardini Ida Bernardini ... Italian refugee
Gianluca Bianco Gianluca Bianco ... Toro
Matthew Black ... Sgt. Hoakes (as Mathew Black)
Paul Bomba Paul Bomba ... Italian soldier
Davide Borella ... Pietro
Kenny Bowton Kenny Bowton ... WC-51 / Halftracks
Justin Brett ... Kinross
Bob Brown Bob Brown ... Col. Bowen
Hans-Dieter Brückner ... Cook
Achim Buchner Achim Buchner ... Franz (as Achim Beuchner)
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There are three sides to every story: ours, theirs, and the truth. See more »


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The experience of WWII from the points of view of three fighting units: one American, one German, one Italian
2 November 2004 | by wundawSee all my reviews

This is a very entertaining, and affecting, movie that takes the points of view of ground troops on three sides of World War II (American, German, and Italian) -- each coming into contact with the others -- but the movie focuses on their own personal lives which, when compared one to the other are surprisingly similar. The director, Ari Taub, tells this story with a humorous and quirky touch, showing us the human qualities of our enemies and suggesting that if we ever did humanize our enemies wars would be a lot harder to fight.

There are several story lines to follow here, and the film weaves in and out of each effortlessly -- no small feat. With a cast of -- I'm guessing here -- 50 or so speaking roles (each very well played), I was impressed at the skill of storytelling and the scope attempted on a minimal, truly independent, film budget. There is a "light touch" to the comedy in this movie, and while you might find yourself caught up in the exploits and quirky adventures of the different sets of "heroes", there is more at work here than that: without being preachy, Taub is showing us the futility, the madness, and the human comedy that is war.

I enjoyed this movie a lot, and it's worth checking out if it lands at a film festival or video store near you.

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