When two young American GIs desert their platoon in the final days of World War II, they will find themselves struggling against all odds to stay alive.


Jeff Burr


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ryan Francis ... Losey
Scott MacDonald ... Deming
Linda Thorson ... Maria
James Le Gros ... Soldier (as James LeGros)
Daniel Roebuck ... Soldier
David Warner ... Deacon
Liliana Perepelicinic Liliana Perepelicinic ... Anna
Gabriel Spahiu ... The Lunatic Priest
Rebecca Denton Rebecca Denton
Nelu Dinu Nelu Dinu ... Nelu
Mihai Verbintschi Mihai Verbintschi ... Buchler (as Mihai Verbintshi)
Ion Bechet Ion Bechet ... Sergeant
Iulian Baltatescu Iulian Baltatescu
Okan Kayam Okan Kayam ... Darius (as Okan Kaian)
Andrei Dumitrescu Andrei Dumitrescu ... Andrei


Western Europe, 1945. The gentle, thoughtful, and sensitive Losey and the mean, base, and vicious Deming are two radically contrasting American soldiers who desert their platoons during the final days of World War II. The pair stumble across a ragtag group of orphans who have been trained as ruthless killers. The two soldiers, the orphans, and the two adults who serve as surrogate parents to the children are forced to make a desperate stand against a Nazi tank battalion who have them trapped inside an old crumbling building. Written by Woodyanders

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


In War The Only Glory Is Survival.


Action | Drama | Horror | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, disturbing images, language and brief nudity | See all certifications »

Did You Know?


Susan George and Jenny Agutter were also considered for the role of Maria. See more »


In the building, the .45 Automatic shown has a hooked trigger guard and is painted black. The trigger guard on the real pistol is rounded and does not have a hook or finger rest in front. See more »


Deming: I am the conquer worm!
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Mediocre "B" war drama saved by action packed ending
28 July 2005 | by Rocco3000See all my reviews

This movie is about two American deserters in WWII. Apparently they were court-marshaled for an accident involving a flame-thrower, but not too much is revealed about that, with the exception of the same flash-back annoyingly popping up every 10mins. As they travel the European countryside, not very much interesting happens to them. The two actors are your typical unknown amateur actors who sound like they are reading their lines rather than speaking them. And when the reach a strange orphanage, the story gets weirder before it gets any good.

I thought the direction really wasn't that good, with the exception of the action sequences, which were up to the standard of any other good action director. But the rest left something to be desired. Some movies with small budgets can sometimes pull of really great things, and you are surprised to find out that it was a small budget. This one doesn't and reeks of a B-movie all over it.

If you really love war movies and are desperate for another one, check this one out, I am sure you won't be too disappointed. But the rest of you can pass on this one, you won't be missing much.

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English | German

Release Date:

January 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Antimetopoi me tin Kolasi See more »

Filming Locations:

Romania See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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