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Saints and Soldiers (2003)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 25 March 2005 (USA)
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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Medic Steven Gould (as Alexander Niver)
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Flt. Sgt. Oberon Winley
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Pvt. Shirley 'Shirl' Kendrick (as Lawrence Bagby)
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SSgt. Gordon Gunderson
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Rudolph 'Rudi' Gertz
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Catherine Theary
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Sophie Theary (as Ruby Chase O'Neil)
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Radio Announcer
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Private McKinley (as Ben Gourley)
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Injured One-Armed Soldier
Randy Beard ...
German Officer #1
Curt Doussett ...
German Soldier #1
Michael Buster ...
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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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Trapped behind enemy lines. All they have is their hope. See more »

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Action | Adventure | Drama | War

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

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25 March 2005 (USA)  »

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The Saints of War  »

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$780,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$1,310,270 (USA) (20 May 2005)
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Charles Durning is one of the survivors of the Malmedy Massacre depicted early in the film. See more »

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Early on, before the Malmedy massacre (which took place in December 1944), a German solder relieves Kendrick of two packs of Lucky Strikes in green packaging. In reality, Lucky Strikes switched to white packaging in 1942, alleging that the green dyes were needed for the war effort. Oberon, the British flier, correctly carries a white pack of Lucy Strikes. See more »

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Followed by Saints and Soldiers: Airborne Creed (2012) See more »

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Performed by JoAnn Ottley
JOANN OTTLEY: Retrospective
1999 Tantara Records
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Festival Winner Is Exceptional!
6 August 2004 | by (Salt Lake City) – See all my reviews

FOR more then a year I have waited to see Ryan Little's SAINTS & SOLDIERS. Back in the fall of 2002, KSL-TV did a featurette on Mormon filmmakers and showed location scenes being shot in Alpine, Utah of a film with a World War II setting. It seemed like an ambitious undertaking for a low budget filmmaker. As time went on and the film was completed, word came out that the film was very good. Instead of bring it immediately to local theatres, Excel (the distributor for the film), began showing it at film festivals all over the place -- and it hit home with film fans, winning numerous awards.

When the film opened its theatrical run here in Utah. I have had the opportunity to see the film for myself and can say that it is EXCEPTIONAL!

Uncle Sam invited me to join them for 2 years back in the early 1960's. I was glad to serve my country and was even more grateful that I did not have to actually fight in a shooting war. Going through basic training and later, holding my breath as the Cuban missile crises came and went, I wonder what I would do if called upon to fire with intent to kill. I'm glad that I was not put to that kind of test.

As I experienced SAINTS & SOLDIERS, watching a young soldier of faith, who had previously served his church as a missionary in Berlin, face the reality of killing those whom he had come to love and respect, it touched my heart in a way no other war film has ever done. The film is very well acted, tense, moving and thought provoking. In short, this is a film that I will strongly recommend, will return again to see in the theatre, and will certainly purchase when released on DVD.

Congratulations to all involved!


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