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The Deserter (2003)

A British Revolutionary War drummer accidentally deserts from his regiment and is hunted down for execution.






Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Kaplan ...
British Officer
George Souza ...
Drum Major
Michael Greeley ...
Grenadier Soldier
Anthony Lea ...
Grenadier Soldier
Frank Croteau ...
Battalion Soldier
Steven Ricci ...
Light Infantry Soldier
Joseph Madden ...
Other Drummer
Lincoln Clark ...
British Soldier
Christopher Cox ...
British Soldier
George DeAngelo ...
British Soldier
John Fitzgerald ...
British Soldier
James Foote ...
British Soldier
Kevin Galligan ...
British Soldier
Steve Gardner ...
British Soldier


The Deserter, shot in the style of a silent comedy from the 1920's, takes place during the American Revolution in the late 1700's. A loyal British drummer, one of the thousands of British soldiers stationed in America, accidentally drops his canteen into a stream while trying to fill it. He, by chasing his floating canteen down the stream, puts into motion a series of events which will won't stop until he is dead. For a British officer sees him chasing his canteen and mistakes it for his trying to desert the British army by running away into the woods. The officer quickly orders two of the dumbest soldiers after him. The drummer, after catching up with his canteen gets lost in the woods and can't find his way back to the British encampment. When the two British redcoats catch up with the "deserting" drummer, things go from bad to worse for him, when he finally realizes he is being hunted down for execution. His accidentally killing one of these soldiers doesn't help his case either. ... Written by Anonymous

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A revolutionary comedy!


Comedy | Drama | History | War






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18 October 2003 (USA)  »

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$35,000 (estimated)

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The drummer's uniform is that of the British 10th Regiment of Foot, an actual regiment that fought in America during the American Revolution. See more »


That Demon Rag
Written by Mel Kaufman (as Mel. B. Kaufman)
Performed by The Paragon Ragtime Orchestra
Courtesy of The Paragon Ragtime Orchestra
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8 January 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is phenomenal!!!! I have never seen a movie I cared more about in my life. Not even Gone With the Wind!!!! This movie has everything you could ever want and somethings you didn't know you wanted. There is not a single thing wrong with this movie. Borgman is such a talented director. So few people have the ability to direct and act and do it WELL. Borgman not only does both fantastically but he also does it while maintaining his rigorous filming schedule with all the movies he does over the years. This man is more of a genius than Hitchcock, Nolan, Lucas and Scorsese combined. This movie blows any other war movie out of the water. Move over Spielberg, here comes Borgman!!!!!

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