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The Execution of Private Slovik (1974)

The story of Eddie Slovik, who was executed by the Army in 1945, the only American soldier to be executed for desertion since the Civil War.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Eddie Slovik
Antoinette Slovik
Father Stafford
Jimmy Feedek
Ben Hammer ...
Lt. Col. Leacock
Warren J. Kemmerling ...
Maj. Fellman (as Warren Kemmerling)
Kathryn Grody ...
Paul Lambert ...
Joe Sirelli
Joe George ...
109th Regiment Sergeant (as Joseph George)
Laurence Haddon ...
James Burr Johnson ...


The story of Eddie Slovik, who was executed by the Army in 1945, the only American soldier to be executed for desertion since the Civil War.

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Was it an Act of Cowardice... or an Act of Conscience?


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13 March 1974 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Execução do Soldado Slovik  »

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Bernard V. Calka, of Macomb County Michigan and a Polish-American World War II veteran, petitioned the U.S. Army to return Slovik's remains to the USA. In 1987, he convinced President Ronald Reagan to order their return. Calka raised $8,000 to pay for the exhumation of Slovik's remains and for their transfer to Detroit's Woodmere Cemetery, where Slovik was reburied next to his wife. See more »


Father Stafford: Give it another volley if you like it so much!
Lt. Col. Leacock: Take it easy, Padre! None of us are enjoying this.
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Music by Victor Schertzinger and lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Performed by Jimmy Dorsey
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A Tough Call
13 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was made-for-TV movie shown about 30 years ago about the only American since the Civil War to be shot for desertion. Slovik (Martin Sheen) was a strange person and I didn't know how to react to this story, frankly. I knew Hollywood was going to give it its usual liberal bias, especially with Sheen in the starring role, so I tried to look at this objectively with no prejudices - something I don't see here with any of these reviews.

Unfortunately, in trying to be totally neutral, it's easy to watch this film and come away with no definite stance. On one hand, you can't blame the military because it would be in chaos if every soldier who didn't want to fight could get out of it. That's ludicrous. On the hand, Slovik was such a nice, gentle guy, the death penalty for his actions seemed severe, too. Couldn't something else have been worked out? I don't know, and at least I'm being honest. I never was in the military and maybe if I was, it would be an easier call. It is a tough call....but at least the film - except for a couple of lulls with the romance angle - kept my attention and made me think about an issue, so it served its purpose.

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