I read that this movie did so poorly in its first regional release, the filmmakers withdrew it and decided not to make any more movies (!) Which is a real shame, because it's a very good movie. Christopher gives an excellent performance as a soldier who may not be physically strong, but is strong in spirit. This and BREAKING AWAY show what a great actor he is, and it's a real shame that he's never gotten such a meaty role since.
A lot of the movie is fairly predictable (hero doesn't want to help at first, softens bit by bit, etc.), but it's believably done. The ending is a little sad, but also filled with the knowlege that the hero has triumped in a way.
You better go and rent it now - it's only been issued on video once in the early 80s, and the remaining copies are disappearing from video stores...
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