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The Execution of Private Slovik (1974)

The story of Eddie Slovik, who was executed by the Army in 1945, the only American soldier to be executed for desertion since the Civil War.

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Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Antoinette Slovik
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Dunn
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Maj. Fellman (as Warren Kemmerling)
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Brockmeyer
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Margaret
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Joe Sirelli
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Holloway
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109th Regiment Sergeant (as Joseph George)
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Piper
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Childs
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The story of Eddie Slovik, who was executed by the Army in 1945, the only American soldier to be executed for desertion since the Civil War.

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Was it an Act of Cowardice... or an Act of Conscience?

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A Execução do Soldado Slovik  »

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James Dean considered making this in the mid- 50's. See more »

Quotes

Father Stafford: Give it another volley if you like it so much!
Lt. Col. Leacock: Take it easy, Padre! None of us are enjoying this.
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Featured in Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Method Actor (1985) See more »

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Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby
Written by Louis Jordan and Billy Austin
Performed by Louis Jordan
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MacArthur should have been charged for war crimes.
24 June 2004 | by See all my reviews

War is a brutal business, and people are going to die. But to execute anyone, for simply not wanting to kill or be killed to me is outright murder. I could understand sending him to the stockades for a few months, but to out and out order his murder just to make an example is wrong on so many levels. Personally forcing anyone to kill or be killed is way more cowardly than what Eddie Slovik did. Slovik, at least as far as the way the movie presented him, while not being an angel, was a man of principals after he left the reformatory. He never lied about his intentions, all he wanted was a discharge. He was willing to spend time in the stockades and face contempt most likely when he got back to the states. I liked at the end of the movie after he was pronounced dead where Ned Beatty's charachter said "the bravest man here today was Eddie Slovik". War is a horrible thing that has been going on for around 5000 years, and probably will keep on for another 5000, if we as a people don't kill ourselves and our planet first.


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