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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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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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The True Story So Controversial, It Couldn't Be Told Until Now. See more »

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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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27 September 2006 (France)  »

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Budget:

€14,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$25,521 (USA) (18 February 2007)

Gross:

$317,594 (USA) (22 April 2007)
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2.35 : 1
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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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When Yassir enters the village before the final battle, he is carrying a Thompson M1A1 sub-machine gun, then between shots it changes back and fourth to a M1928 Thompson sub-machine gun. See more »

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References Saving Private Ryan (1998) 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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1945 you say ?
29 September 2006 | by (France) – See all my reviews

I did not know what to expect from this movie starring guys like Djamel Debbouzze or Samy Naceri, more used to non sense jokes and wrong way taxi driving, but I must say I was astonished.

First pictures are beautiful, dialogs and pace slow but efficient.

Second the way the four main characters perform is great (although Naceri is maybe not quite as good as the three others). All moved by different motivations, they have a sole dream: to be a real part of it, a part of the French country they have been fighting for. And they make you believe it. Not only because they fit perfectly into their roles, but also because the suffering and the inequalities they undergo in the war fields of the movie still exist six decades after in their every day life.

"All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others". True it was in Provence or in Alsace, true it is in today's France.

To me this film is more than the French Private Ryan, it is a subtle way to ask: "how much more is it going to take before we can all be on the same boat ?" Go and see it.


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