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Saints and Soldiers (2003)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 25 March 2005 (USA)
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Four American soldiers and one Brit fighting in Europe during World War II struggle to return to Allied territory after being separated from U.S. forces during the historic Malmedy Massacre.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Medic Steven Gould (as Alexander Niver)
Flt. Sgt. Oberon Winley
Pvt. Shirley 'Shirl' Kendrick (as Lawrence Bagby)
SSgt. Gordon Gunderson
Ethan Vincent ...
Rudolph 'Rudi' Gertz
Catherine Theary
Sophie Theary (as Ruby Chase O'Neil)
Jeff Birk ...
Radio Announcer
Private McKinley (as Ben Gourley)
Tane Williams ...
Injured One-Armed Soldier
Randy Beard ...
German Officer #1
Curt Doussett ...
German Soldier #1
Michael Buster ...
German Soldier #2
M. Casey Reeves ...
Weeping Soldier


After surviving a massacre in Malmedy, a location behind the German army in Europe, four American soldiers with only one weapon rescue the British pilot Oberon Winley (Kirby Heyborn) in a tree and they move together, trying to reach the allied forces and save a great number of allied soldiers from a German attack with the information got by Winley in his flight. While marching, each soldier discloses inner secrets to the rest of the group. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Action | Adventure | Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for war violence and related images | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 March 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$780,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$129,056 (USA) (6 August 2004)


$1,310,270 (USA) (20 May 2005)

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More than 5,000 blank rounds were used in filming. See more »


At the end of the film we see a German soldier fire a Panzerfaust (anti-tank weapon) at a tent. The "bomb" launches like a rocket in a straight line and blows the tent to smithereens. This would not happen. The Panzerfaust is not a rocket launcher; it is effectively a big gun. There's a charge in the tube that explodes and "lobs" the charge towards its target. It does not fly under its own power and certainly does not travel in a straight line. The shaped charge is encased in metal and the front needs to deform to set off the detonator. This would require striking a hard target such as a tank. If a panzerfaust was fired at a tent it would merely bounce off. See more »


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A simple story told with great skill. Very satisfying
27 September 2004 | by (Muswellbrook Australia) – See all my reviews

This is a very simple story, told in a very simple way.A group of soldiers escape capture and fight their way to rejoin friendly forces. Nothing new or unusual there. However Ryan Little has managed to tell this simple story with a great sense of compassion and feeling. So much so that at times I had to remind myself that this was a story of war. Little manages to do what many others have failed in the modern war movie, let the story take preference over special effects and shock tactics.

The largely unheralded cast turn in steady, rather than spectacular, performances. Yet they work well within the over all feel of the movie, showing that war is fought by, in the most part, ordinary people under extraordinary circumstances. At times the pace was a little labored, particularly at the farmhouse. The relationship with the mother and child seemed to develop too quickly, somehow become pivotal almost instantly. This aside, character development occurs at a natural and easy pace. All these men are people we will meet in our own lives, bringing the story even closer to the audience.

This is one of the most satisfying war movies that I have seen for a long while. Without the big budgets and extreme violence, this little gem delivers a fantastic reward for those who take the time to watch.


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