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Straight Into Darkness (2004)

R  |   |  Action, Drama, Horror  |  January 2004 (USA)
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Western Europe, 1945. The gentle, thoughtful, and sensitive Losey and the mean, base, and vicious Deming are two radically contrasting American soldiers who desert their platoons during the... See full summary »

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Losey
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Deming
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Maria
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Soldier (as James LeGros)
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Soldier
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Deacon
Liliana Perepelicinic ...
Anna
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The Lunatic Priest
Rebecca Denton
Nelu Dinu ...
Nelu
Mihai Verbintschi ...
Buchler (as Mihai Verbintshi)
Ion Bechet ...
Sergeant
Iulian Baltatescu
Okan Kayam ...
Darius (as Okan Kaian)
Andrei Dumitrescu ...
Andrei
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Western Europe, 1945. The gentle, thoughtful, and sensitive Losey and the mean, base, and vicious Deming are two radically contrasting American soldiers who desert their platoons during the final days of World War II. The pair stumble across a ragtag group of orphans who have been trained as ruthless killers. The two soldiers, the orphans, and the two adults who serve as surrogate parents to the children are forced to make a desperate stand against a Nazi tank battalion who have them trapped inside an old crumbling building. Written by Woodyanders

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In War The Only Glory Is Survival.

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Action | Drama | Horror | War

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Rated R for violence, disturbing images, language and brief nudity | See all certifications »
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Antimetopoi me tin Kolasi  »

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Most of the children cast in this movie came from local orphanages in Romania. See more »

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In the scene where the two AWOL GI's first encounter the partisan and his wife, one of the soldiers cautiously holds the couple at gunpoint while trying to identify them. But as different angles are shown of this scene, the GI's pistol changes from a U.S. M1911A1 semi-automatic to a German P.38 semi-auto, then back to a U.S. M1911A1. See more »

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Deming: I am the conquer worm!
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An Excellent, well made film
24 July 2005 | by (CAN) – See all my reviews

This is an excellent film. As promised, I won't include spoilers. It has the feel of "Johnny Get Your Gun," and is a little like Stanley Kubrick's "Full Metal Jacket." It shows two human's experiences in a very, very dangerous place and time. The two characters have almost contrasting personalities, yet stranded alone must depend on each other. Deming, a nasty and frightening character, is played by Scott MacDonald. He is a fantastic actor, who simply becomes the roles he takes on. Losey, played by Ryan Francis, is more thoughtful. He has more heart, and a conscience.

This film did very well, with good reason, at the film festivals that have shown it. Though it has a low budget, this for the most part does not detract from the film. The movie does have it's light moments, but for the most part, is for the brave hearted. Jeff Burr and Mark Hannah, the director and producer, made excellent choices when they picked the spots for shooting the film. They perfectly reflect the tones of the scenes, be they sad, frightening, or, once in a while, light and hopeful.

All in all, this film is very well made, and well worth your while, with a new take on the horrors of war.


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