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. ...
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On August 15, 1944 the 517th Parachute Regimental Combat Team (PRCT) jumped over the south of France. Their mission was to support and protect the Allied Troops marching to Berlin. Landing ... See full summary »
American soldiers lost behind enemy lines during the WWII make a horrific discovery: Hitler has a super bomb in development. Against all odds, they set out to find the scientist in charge of the program who is looking to defect.
Don Michael Paul
Chad Michael Collins
A crew of African American pilots in the Tuskegee training program, having faced segregation while kept mostly on the ground during World War II, are called into duty under the guidance of Col. A.J. Bullard.
Cuba Gooding Jr.,
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
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 »
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 »
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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