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

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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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This it actually a goof. But when the half track shows up at catrines. The German soldier she offers the bread to is carrying a pistol which is later reffered to as a "luger" it is not a luger it is in fact a walther P-38 See more »


There are several problems with the Malmedy massacre scene. First, there was no snow on the ground when it took place; it snowed afterwards and covered up the bodies. Second, the film shows the massacre beginning when an American prisoner seizes a rifle from a German guard and shoots him, causing the Germans to open fire on everyone; that did not happen. Third, the massacre is shown being committed by Wehrhacht--regular German army--troops. In fact, it was committed by an SS unit under the command of the notorious Col. Joachim Peiper, and it was not, as claimed in the film, a "tragic accident"--Peiper's intention all along was to kill the prisoners, and he had them transported to that open field for precisely that purpose (Peiper served 12 years in prison after the war for his involvement in the crime. In 1976 he was living in France when he was shot to death in his home, which was then burned to the ground, in what many believe was revenge for the Malmedy massacre). See more »


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Outstanding in every sense
17 February 2005 | by (MD, United States) – See all my reviews

My wife and I go out to see a movie every Friday night. Some nights, I'll tell you, the Picken's Is Slim, as they were when we saw this film about six months ago (if memory serves). I'd never heard of it. She didn't want to see any more war films since that miserable, over-hyped "Pearl Harbor" with the lame love story thrown into the mix. (Cuba Gooding was the only good part in the movie, and, shock! His character's part really happened, too! Hollywood take note!) To tell you the truth, we nearly went to rent something to watch at home, but as we left, we heard a guy in line talking excitedly about how he'd seen it three times, and loved it. What the heck. We got back in line. Their popcorn is better than ours. We went in, not expecting much of anything.

I'll tell you, we were blown away. I came on this site tonight because I've been meaning to write and tell everybody to go see this little film that only ran a week in our local theater. (Buy the DVD!) I have read every comment on this site, and have to LOL at the comments about Mormons. What Mormons? I never even knew it was Mormons until I read it tonight on this site! And so what? It happened to a Mormon guy. It was his story. You expect Catholics to tell it? The other complaints about the story being predictable...what? It sure got us! It was a true story. Don't you get it? If it's true, you can't change what really happened--and what happened was humanity showing it's face. It was right winning out over allegiance.

I'm looking forward to the DVD coming out. I'm getting it and showing it to all my friends. This is film-making the way it should be done. We want to see it more of it.

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