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Straight Into Darkness (2004)

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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... See full summary »

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Jeff Burr

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Cast

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
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Storyline

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

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In War The Only Glory Is Survival.

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Action | Drama | Horror | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

USA

Language:

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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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Writer/director Jeff Burr provided most of the budget of this film from his own money. See more »

Goofs

One of the AWOL soldiers is a paratrooper from the 82nd Airborne Division. He wears the correct airborne-style helmet, which has a chin cup and extra reinforcing straps. The other GI is a regular ground infantryman whose helmet should have a standard, simple strap with no chin cup. However, he too is wearing an airborne helmet. See more »

Quotes

Losey: Ever wonder what this place was like before the war?
Deming: No!
Losey: Ever wonder what you were like before the war?
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Well done but depressing and violent (though not that bad for a war movie)
25 July 2016 | by vchimpanzeeSee all my reviews

In Europe during World War II, Losey and Deming are deserters. One of the MPs calls Losey "Airborne" because he doesn't think much of the 82nd Airborne, or of "men who jump out of perfectly good airplanes." An explosion knocks the jeep off the road and at least one of the MPs is dead. A couple of others die after they encounter mines trying to get back to civilization. Deming swaps dog tags with one of the dead men, declares himself to be free, and orders Losey to come along.

Deming has no compassion and constantly yells "Quit squawking and start walking." He also uses a lot of other language that didn't make it to broadcast TV. Losey does show compassion to others, though. Soon the men encounter a church that is mostly destroyed, and a priest who was driven mad. It appears the priest will come with them, but at some point he is no longer around. The men also find a horse which helps them reach a better destination.

Every now and then we see what are either flashbacks of a better life in the United States, or visions of the war. One vision takes place in what is left of what appears to be a school. We see a teacher and happy children, whose lives are devastated by the war.

Most of the movie takes place in a large industrial looking building, the type preservationists want to save in today's world. This one is in pretty bad shape, but the men see no real value to it for the Germans. Then two civilians show up. We have seen the woman before. Maybe it's the hair, but she looks like Susan Sarandon. Looking at the cast list and the actors' photos, I think she is Maria, played by Linda Thorson. A man is with her, and he is tough and a leader. His voice sounds like the man who used to introduce Hallmark Hall of Fame movies, but beyond that, I don't know which one he is. What is important that these two are taking care of a group of children, some of whom don't understand this isn't a game. One boy has no legs but has a lot of determination and gets around well. A girl, who Losey realizes was once beautiful when he sees a painting of her, wears a mask.

Deming points a gun at the woman and demands to see everything, but declares her to be no Betty Grable. Later, everyone has to work together when a German unit shows up. And what happens then is pretty amazing.

This appears to be a good movie, for those who like this sort of thing. There's not a lot of happiness here, but we see people get things done and stand tall despite obstacles, even though the two stars are nothing more than cowards at the beginning.

The main adult actors all give good performances. I would also add the German officer to that list. He is not evil but just doing his job. At one point he states that he feels like a father to his men.

The children do a great job, and I would single out the boy with no legs and the girl with no mask, even though neither says a word. You can just see their determination and courage.

A few years ago a TV detective lost either his wife or his son in a car accident. When the son was alive everything appeared blue. That's how much of the movie is. Colors are much more vivid in the flashbacks and visions, though in one case Losey is having a nightmare and everything quickly turns blue, followed by bright orange when there are explosions. It's quite an effective technique. I do wish the brightly colored flashbacks had lasted longer and had more character development, because we really needed positive images.

It's quite good if you like this sort of thing.


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