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Memorial Day (2012)

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Memorial Day, 1993. When 13-year-old Kyle Vogel discovers the World War II footlocker belonging to his grandfather, Bud, everyone tells Kyle to put it back. Luckily, he ignores them. ... See full summary »

Director:

Samuel Fischer

Writers:

Jeff Traxler (based on a story by), Marc Conklin (based on a story by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jonathan Bennett ... SSgt. Kyle Vogel
James Cromwell ... Bud Vogel
John Cromwell ... Lt. Bud Vogel
Jackson Bond ... Young Kyle Vogel
Mary Kay Fortier-Spalding Mary Kay Fortier-Spalding ... Betty Vogel
Emily Fradenburgh ... Lt Kelly Tripp
Charles Hubbell ... Capt. Tom Marshall
Corby Kelly Corby Kelly ... Derek Lodermeier
Chris LeFevere Chris LeFevere ... Spc. Josh Berg
Steven Luke ... Brandt (as Luke Schuetzle)
Jasper Morgan ... Young German Soldier
Reed Sigmund Reed Sigmund ... Ed Gorski
Thomas Sellwood Thomas Sellwood ... Pfc. Nick Sullivan
Erin Traxler Erin Traxler ... Sarah Vogel
Armin Zadeh Armin Zadeh ... Moises Aguilar
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Storyline

Memorial Day, 1993. When 13-year-old Kyle Vogel discovers the World War II footlocker belonging to his grandfather, Bud, everyone tells Kyle to put it back. Luckily, he ignores them. Although Bud has never talked about the war, he finds himself striking a deal with his grandson: Kyle can pick any three souvenirs, and Bud will tell him the stories behind each one. Memorial Day not only takes us on a journey into Bud's complicated wartime past, but also into Kyle's wartime future. As the two men share parallel experiences in combat, they come to realize how that magical day on the porch shaped both of their lives. Written by Anonymous

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Taglines:

Two generations. Two wars. One story.

Genres:

Action | Drama | History | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some war violence | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 July 2012 (Norway) See more »

Also Known As:

Az emlékezés napja See more »

Filming Locations:

Montgomery, Minnesota, USA See more »

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Budget:

$4,200,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Perspective Films See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Cast member Luis John Soria, a retired US Army Sergeant First Class, presented director Samuel Fischer with an authentic United States Army Unit Coin while on set filming the ISF Recruiting Mission segment. Soria received this coin in 1991 for his participation in the Gulf War, aka Operation Desert Storm/Desert Shield. Ironically, in this film Soria plays an Iraqi soldier. See more »

Goofs

When Staff Sergeant Vogel and the other soldiers are being flown out of the war zone in a C-130 transport, we hear almost no background noise. However, the C-130 is very loud (many passengers even choose to wear earplugs while flying in one). See more »

Quotes

Bud Vogel: Fogel.
Young Kyle Vogel: Pardon?
Bud Vogel: [in German] Fogel bedeutet Vogel auf Deutsch.
[translating]
Bud Vogel: Fogel means bird in German. Bet you didn't know that.
Young Kyle Vogel: Oh... Is that Why you hate them so much?
Bud Vogel: I expect.
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A Very Powerful Film
12 July 2013 | by tomhubredSee all my reviews

For those who are looking for flaws in this movie, they are going to find them. However, considering the budget the film makers had to work with, I think they exceeded expectations. What carries this film is the story and the storytelling. Of course, it's a bonus to have Cromwell and son in two critical roles in the film, but even their combined skills can't make a bad story good. Fortunately, with this film, they have a very good story which they turn into something special. As for the rest of the cast, some of the performances are sub-par, but I would not use a broad-brush with that criticism.

As has been said, this is not a "war movie". It's also not a film about remembering our WWII veterans, though that will hopefully be one effect of it. This film is trying to help us understand our war veterans. Why did grandpa not want to talk about WWII? Why doesn't dad want to talk about what happened in Iraq or Afghanistan? The answer isn't as obvious or as simple as we may think.

I've watched Memorial Day at least 3 times and each time I've come away with something new to think about.


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