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When Trumpets Fade (1998)

TV Movie  -   -  Action | Drama | War  -  27 June 1998 (USA)
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A private in the latter days of WWII on the German front struggles between his will to survive and what his superiors perceive as a battlefield instinct.

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Pvt. / Sgt. / Lt. David Manning
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Warren 'Sandy' Sanderson
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Medic Chamberlain
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Sgt. Patrick Talbot
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Lonnie
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Doug Despin
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Baxter
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Capt. Roy Pritchett
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Lt. Terrence Lukas
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Pvt. Robert 'Bobby' Miller
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Capt. Thomas Zenek
Frank-Michael Köbe ...
German Sergeant (as Frank Köbe)
András Stohl ...
Wounded Soldier
Matthew Rutson Cooney ...
Driver Cpl. (as Matthew Ruston Cooney)
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In WWII Western Germany, Private David Manning reluctantly leaves behind a mortally wounded fellow soldier and searches for survivors from his platoon, only to learn from commanding officer Captain Pritchett that they have all been killed in action. Despite requesting a discharge on the grounds of mental disability, Manning is promoted to sergeant and assigned to lead a new platoon of young inductees. Written by Anonymous

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In the heat of battle not all soldiers can be heroes

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Rated R for graphic war carnage and strong language | See all certifications »

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One of only two war movies in Ron Eldard's career. He would later be cast in Ridley Scott's Black Hawk Down (2001). See more »

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There are several inaccuracies in the final combat sequence: 1) Lieutenant Manning takes his patrol out without informing his superiors - this could have resulted in him being charged with desertion in the face of the enemy; 2) medic Chamberlain is the bazooka man on this patrol. Real medics are unarmed except for perhaps a pistol, and they use these only in self defense; 3) the Browning Automatic Rifle and Thompson Submachine Gun used in these scenes emit weak popping sounds rather than the strong, solid sound of real ammunition. See more »

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Narrator, news footage: August 1944. The outcome of the Second World War appeared to be no longer in doubt. Paris was liberated. After four years of fighting, victory against the Germans seemed assured. Since the Normandy landings, American and Allied forces had battled their way across northern Europe, and pushed the German enemy to within its own homeland.
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One of the best
28 June 2001 | by (The Hague, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

When Trumpets Fade is a great movie, with excellent action sequences, fine acting and a sound storyline. It's better than Platoon, and I'd put it up there with 84 Charlie Mopic, except that it deals with infantry warfare during WWII. It came out after a series of real to life WWII movies, Saving Private Ryan, The Thin Red Line, but is made on a smaller budget and apart from Ryan's opening scene, it is a better movie. The cast consists of thoroughly unknown but very skilled actors, and the movie gives you a feel of what it must have been like to be on the front line in the Huertgen Forrest in Germany, late 1944. The Hungarian location adds realism as well.

The story basically revolves around the single minded efforts of private (then sergeant, then lieutenant) Manning (Ron Eldard) to stay alive and out of the meatgrinder that is conventional warfare, no matter what, even though ironically, the fact that he survives means that he has to put up for ever more dangerous tasks because he's the only one near who has any close-up experience.

I'll add that the videostore I go to allows you to rent 5 movies for the price of 3, and keep them for a full week. Every day after watching another movie, I couldn't help but re-watch "When Trumpets Fade", and every time I found something new and something more made sense to me.

This is one outstanding movie, very well produced and if you like war movies from the grunt's point of view, don't miss it.


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