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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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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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Private McKinley (as Ben Gourley)
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Randy Beard ...
German Officer #1
Curt Doussett ...
German Soldier #1
Michael Buster ...
German Soldier #2
M. Casey Reeves ...
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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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Rated PG-13 for war violence and related images | See all certifications »

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$780,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$1,310,270 (USA) (20 May 2005)
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The highest opening weekend of any release from Excel Entertainment: $129,056 (from only 26 screens; week of August 6-8, 2004) See more »

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Powerful war movie gem.
21 January 2005 | by (Elma, Washington) – See all my reviews

Every once in a while a little movie will come along totally unheralded, unexpected, under budget, under promoted, but which really shouldn't be missed.

Saints and Soldiers is such a movie. If you like lots of big budget special effect -loud explosions, -crashing airplanes, -panoramic scenes with thousands of extras slogging through the mud, -if that's what you want in a war movie, skip this one. It doesn't have any of those things.

What it does have, however, is a very effective ensemble cast telling a very compelling story, -a true story, of the Battle of the Bulge. From the utter confusion and tragic consequences of the "Malmedy Masacre", depicted in this movie as more an accident of the fog of war rather than a cold calculated act, to the final climactic battle scenes, this movie shows world war II as it most likely really was. A very personal war for each soldier involved.

My uncle was a soldier who lost a leg in Europe during that time and as he related experiences of battle, he always made it perfectly clear that war was always a very personal thing. You were doing everything to survive. Your enemy was doing the same thing, and somehow battles were eventually won or lost. The average G.I. didn't know, or much care what was going on over the hill, or on a grand scale. He only knew he and a few of his buddies were being shot at by a few of the enemy and they had to shoot back or perish. It's all about living another day.

This movie conveys those sentiments very clearly. It is about daily survival without the grandiose trappings. You really wind up caring about each of these characters. It is well worth seeing. Especially if you were a soldier -or know a soldier, -or just want to know more about being a soldier. In my opinion it will go down in history as one of the more realistic war movies ever made.


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