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Days of Glory (2006)

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During WWII, four North African men enlist in the French army to liberate that country from Nazi oppression, and to fight French discrimination.

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Yassir
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Messaoud Souni
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Abdelkader
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Sergent Roger Martinez
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Caporal Leroux
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Larbi
Benoît Giros ...
Capitaine Durieux
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Margueritte village Vosges
Antoine Chappey ...
Le colonel
Aurélie Eltvedt ...
Irène
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Le journaliste
Thibault de Montalembert ...
Capitaine Martin
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Touré
Philippe Beglia ...
Rambert
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Algeria, 1943, through Italy and France, to Alsace in early 1945, with a coda years later. Arabs volunteer to fight Nazis to liberate France, their motherland. We follow Saïd, dirt poor, an orderly for a grizzled sergeant, Martinez, a pied noir with some willingness to speak up for his Arab troops; Messaoud, a crack shot, who in Province falls in love with a French woman who loves him back; and Abdelkader, a corporal, a budding intellectual with a keen sense of injustice. The men fight with courage against a backdrop of small and large indignities: French soldiers get better food, time for leave, and promotions. Is the promise of liberty, equality, and fraternity hollow? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Drama | War

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Rated R for war violence and brief language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

27 September 2006 (France)  »

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Days of Glory  »

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Box Office

Budget:

€14,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$25,521 (USA) (16 February 2007)

Gross:

$317,594 (USA) (20 April 2007)
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Trivia

Festival selections:
  • Rio de Janeiro (21-9/5-10-2006)


  • Zurich (27-9/2-10-2006)


  • Namur (29-9/6-10-2006)


  • Singapore (6-10/15-10-2006)


  • Pusan (12-10/20-10-2006)


  • São Paulo (20-10/2-11-2006)


  • Valladolid (22-10/28-10-2006)


  • London (October/November 2006)


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Goofs

In the scene when the African soldiers raise the French tricolor over the Italian mountain top, the flag they use is polyester (i.e. a contemporary flag). World War II troops would have used a cotton flag. See more »

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Featured in The 79th Annual Academy Awards (2007) See more »

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La Marseillaise
(April 1792)
Written by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle
Sung by Antoine Chappey and all the officers and soldiers on board the ship sailing to France
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A War Film That Explifies Human Tragedy
27 June 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a French film that "Explifies Human Tragedy". One, it shows the dark side of war and the reasons why good vs. bad is being defended and it also exemplifies clearly how those we consider the good guys, are actually in the same category as the enemy...Racists. It is a film that shows the unknown exploits of brave North African "French" WWII recruits fighting alongside French compatriots to expel the Germans from their homeland...France. We have all come accustomed to seeing so many movies of WWII, showing in detail why the Germans were so bad, yet we have never been exposed in great detail as this film as illustrated, the realities of a double standard that was practiced in those days by the victors of a repressive regime. This is a film that touches all of us and tells us what it means to be loyal and patriotic as well as exposing that thin veil that no matter where you come from, what color or creed you may be, Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is fought with that regard in mind. Unfortunately, as this film illustrates, those ideas are an exception to the need for victory and an exception to the rule of becoming a second class citizen again when those rules do not apply any longer. This film left me with such a deep understanding like no other WWII film I have seen in my 50+ years. It left me with deep respect to those men of little education but full of monumental pride and dignity. I highly recommend this film and personally think that it was one of the best films I have ever seen. The acting from mostly unknown actors is simply a miracle and the director certainly deserves more credit than he has received. How this film ever got released without the accolades it rightly deserves is certainly one of the greatest omissions in movie history.


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