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
Ruby Chase ...
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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Trapped behind enemy lines. All they have is their hope. See more »


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:

The Saints of War  »

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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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Did You Know?


The character of Gordon Gunderson, played by Peter Holden, is named after Holden's grandfather, a veteran who fought in the actual Battle of the Bulge. See more »


The battle took place during one of Europe's coldest winters, yet no one's breath is visible when they exhale. See more »


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


Performed by JoAnn Ottley
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Worthy of all the "Best Picture" awards
11 October 2004 | by (Southern CA) – See all my reviews

This movie is worthy of the 14 "Best Picture" awards it has already won...I hope that it gets a bigger national release.

I live in the San Diego area and I just took my family to see this film tonight, and I have to say that this is one of the most moving films I have seen.

I felt like this was an appropriate movie for my 13 yr old daughter to view (I would not recommend for any younger). The story was told so well that I felt she understood the underlying messages. We were able to have a very long discussion afterward about war and accountability of those who unjustly cause wars. We talked about recognizing the humanity behind the "enemy" soldiers who are, for the most part, just doing their duty to country. These men have wives, children, fathers and mothers who love them just as much as the families of the soldiers on "our" side.

I literally was speechless at the end of the film. The "surprise" ending caught me a little off-guard with its VERY poignant and thought provoking message.

The characters were well developed and I really felt that i could empathize with each man's approach to the situation they were in.

The impact of the movie far exceeded its budget. I was very impressed with the actors (for example, the beautiful French woman...who WAS that?).

I think I was most impressed with the acting of the Medic (The exchange of looks between him and the German prisoner at the end of the movie was classic!).

I read a lot of the reviews prior to watching this film, so I had somewhat of a biased opinion about what I might see. I have to admit, I found myself feeling like the movie exceeded my expectations and was VERY much worth it. I don't buy many movies...this is one I definitely will buy for my private library.

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