4 user

A Soldier's Tale (1989)

R | | Drama, Romance, War | 7 July 1989 (USA)
A British soldier falls in love with a French woman wanted by the resistance for crimes against her country.



Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Prime Video

2 wins. See more awards »


Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

A group of young British guardsmen have to cover up a hit and run incident that occurred at the end of a night of drunken revelry.

Director: Nick Broomfield
Stars: Gabriel Byrne, Amanda Donohoe, Struan Rodger
The Courier (1988)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

When a courier at the D-Day Courier Service mistakenly finds a pile of money in his regular delivery, he does some digging only to discover that the messenger company is a front for a drug ... See full summary »

Directors: Frank Deasy, Joe Lee
Stars: Padraig O'Loinsigh, Cait O'Riordan, Gabriel Byrne
Lionheart (1987)
Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A young knight sets out to join King Richard's crusaders. Along the way, he encounters The Black Prince who captures children and sells them as slaves to the Muslims. It is Robert Narra's ... See full summary »

Director: Franklin J. Schaffner
Stars: Eric Stoltz, Gabriel Byrne, Nicola Cowper
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

This is a story of a man (Walker), suffering from dwarfism, who writes an autobiographical account of his life. In flashbacks, we see how he was conceived to a woman (Parillaud) at the end ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Lindsay-Hogg
Stars: Matt Dillon, Anne Parillaud, Gabriel Byrne
Hanna K. (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

An Israeli lawyer is defending a Palestinian charged by The Military Court System in the Israeli-Occupied Territories. It's a tough case because of a strong political background.

Director: Costa-Gavras
Stars: Jill Clayburgh, Jean Yanne, Gabriel Byrne
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

It is 1977, Dublin rocks to the music of Thin Lizzy and the world is stunned by the death of Elvis Presley. Frankie, caught between acne and adulthood, has just completed his final exams in... See full summary »

Director: David Keating
Stars: Catherine O'Hara, Jared Leto, Christina Ricci
Trial by Jury (1994)
Thriller | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Valerie is a juror in the trail of a mob boss. When her young son's life is threatened, she has no option other than to see that justice isn't done.

Director: Heywood Gould
Stars: Joanne Whalley, Armand Assante, Gabriel Byrne
The Outsider (1979)
Drama | History | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A young American man joins the IRA in Ireland but soon finds out that he is being used for political purposes and propaganda.

Director: Tony Luraschi
Stars: Craig Wasson, Sterling Hayden, Patricia Quinn
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Enid is horrible, her husband and younger sister are having an affair. When Enid walks in on them 'enjoying' themselves, she is furious. A fight develops and Enid is hit over the head with ... See full summary »

Director: Maurice Phillips
Stars: Elizabeth Perkins, Judge Reinhold, Jeffrey Jones
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Bickering siblings are reunited at their Texas home as their father lies on his deathbed in this black comedy.

Director: Jack Fisk
Stars: Beau Bridges, Keith Carradine, Beverly D'Angelo
Off Beat (1986)
Comedy | Crime | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

Joe Gower's job is skating through library shelves, fetching books. A police officer and friend of his is chosen to participate in a charity dance performance. Gower agrees to take his ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Dinner
Stars: Judge Reinhold, Meg Tilly, Cleavant Derricks
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A kindly but thieving shopaholic tries to turn her mistakes around, but does so by becoming a skilled computer hacker, something that could only get her into more trouble despite her goal to impress her beloved family.

Director: Percy Adlon
Stars: Marianne Sägebrecht, Brad Davis, Judge Reinhold


Cast overview, first billed only:
Marianne Basler ...
Paul Wyett ...
The Yank
Benoît Régent ...
Father Superior
Maurice Garrel ...
M. Pradier
Roch Leibovici ...
The Kid
Claude Mann ...
Matthew Byam Shaw ...
Lt. Mortimer
David Duffy ...
Pvt. Smith
Nicolas Tronc ...
Véronique Müller ...
Claudine Berg ...
Older Woman


A British soldier falls in love with a French woman wanted by the resistance for crimes against her country.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Drama | Romance | War






Release Date:

7 July 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Um Soldado, Uma História  »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs




See  »

Did You Know?


This film's opening preamble states: "Normandy July 1944." See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Just behind the front lines.
5 June 2003 | by See all my reviews

Slow and low budget character piece. A SOLDIER'S TALE seems interested in the corruption moral norms in wartime. The indoor scenes are dark and grainy, the outdoor scenes are just grainy. No one in the film is likeable enough to care about. Even the war content is of limited interest to WWII aficionados.

A British sargeant named Saul (Gabriel Byrne) in recently liberated Normandy meets a French woman named Belle (Marianne Basler). Belle is in trouble, the French Resistance wants her for crimes against France. Saul wants her affections all she wants is his protection. But an American G.I. (Judge Reinhold) has similar plans for Belle. Through use of voice over and flashbacks we get Belle's backstory, which is again slow, ponderous and unimpressive.

Saul thinks nothing of taking sexual advantage of a lone and powerless woman. Rape vs. execution isnt much of a choice and yet its hard to muster up much sympathy for Belle. A disappointment.

7 of 16 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 4 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page