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A Soldier's Tale (1989)

R | | Drama, Romance, War | 7 July 1989 (USA)
A British soldier falls in love with a French woman wanted by the resistance for crimes against her country.


Larry Parr
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gabriel Byrne ... Saul
Marianne Basler ... Belle
Paul Wyett Paul Wyett ... Charlie
Judge Reinhold ... The Yank
Benoît Régent Benoît Régent ... Father Superior
Maurice Garrel ... M. Pradier
Jacques Mathou ... Wolf
Bernard Farcy ... Andre
Roch Leibovici Roch Leibovici ... The Kid
Claude Mann ... Winterhalter
Matthew Byam Shaw Matthew Byam Shaw ... Lt. Mortimer
David Duffy David Duffy ... Pvt. Smith
Nicolas Tronc Nicolas Tronc ... Balthazar
Véronique Müller Véronique Müller ... Simone
Claudine Berg Claudine Berg ... Older Woman


A British soldier falls in love with a French woman wanted by the resistance for crimes against her country.

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Drama | Romance | War



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According to the book 'New Zealand Film' by Helen Martin and Sam Edwards, "The source novel [of this film] was written in New Zealand but is a European story. Some crew were from France although the film is a New Zealand production. The French locations made it a complex production task. The film, made in 1988, was to have been a co-production [between France and New Zealand], but the French pulled out. This, combined with the bankruptcy of a contracted U.S. distributor who failed to pay a big advance, helped send the [production company of this film,] Mirage Entertainment Corporation into receivership." See more »

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Just behind the front lines.
5 June 2003 | by jessewillisSee all my reviews

Slow and low budget character piece. A SOLDIER'S TALE seems interested in the corruption moral norms in wartime. The indoor scenes are dark and grainy, the outdoor scenes are just grainy. No one in the film is likeable enough to care about. Even the war content is of limited interest to WWII aficionados.

A British sargeant named Saul (Gabriel Byrne) in recently liberated Normandy meets a French woman named Belle (Marianne Basler). Belle is in trouble, the French Resistance wants her for crimes against France. Saul wants her affections all she wants is his protection. But an American G.I. (Judge Reinhold) has similar plans for Belle. Through use of voice over and flashbacks we get Belle's backstory, which is again slow, ponderous and unimpressive.

Saul thinks nothing of taking sexual advantage of a lone and powerless woman. Rape vs. execution isnt much of a choice and yet its hard to muster up much sympathy for Belle. A disappointment.

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Release Date:

7 July 1989 (USA) See more »

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Guerra de pasiones See more »

Filming Locations:

Normandy, France

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