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Saints and Soldiers (2003)

PG-13 | | Action, Drama, War | 25 March 2005 (USA)
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Four American soldiers and one Brit fighting in Europe during World War II struggle to return to Allied territory after being separated from U.S. forces during the historic Malmedy Massacre.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Cpl. Nathan 'Deacon' Greer
... Medic Steven Gould (as Alexander Niver)
... Flt. Sgt. Oberon Winley
... Pvt. Shirley 'Shirl' Kendrick (as Lawrence Bagby)
... SSgt. Gordon Gunderson
... Rudolph 'Rudi' Gertz
... Catherine Theary
Ruby Chase ... Sophie Theary (as Ruby Chase O'Neil)
Jeff Birk ... Radio Announcer
... Private McKinley (as Ben Gourley)
Tane Williams ... Injured One-Armed Soldier
Randy Beard ... German Officer #1
... German Soldier #1
Michael Buster ... German Soldier #2
M. Casey Reeves ... Weeping Soldier
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After surviving a massacre in Malmedy, a location behind the German army in Europe, four American soldiers with only one weapon rescue the British pilot Oberon Winley (Kirby Heyborn) in a tree and they move together, trying to reach the allied forces and save a great number of allied soldiers from a German attack with the information got by Winley in his flight. While marching, each soldier discloses inner secrets to the rest of the group. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Trapped behind enemy lines. All they have is their hope. See more »

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Action | Drama | War

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Rated PG-13 for war violence and related images | See all certifications »

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25 March 2005 (USA)  »

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The Saints of War  »

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Budget:

$780,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$129,056, 8 August 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,310,470
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Over 100 war re-enactors volunteered to participate in filming, lying in the snow for hours at a time. See more »

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Two of the main characters are from the 101st Airborne Division, and were supposed to have been fighting on the Elsenborn Ridge, which is on the north edge of the Bulge. In fact, the 101st was a couple of hundred miles to the rear on 16 December 1944, the day the German attack began, and was never near Elsenborn. The Malmedy Massacre took place on 17 or 18 December 1944, long before the 101st got to Bastogne. See more »

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Followed by Saints and Soldiers: The Void (2014) See more »

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Villa
Performed by JoAnn Ottley
JOANN OTTLEY: Retrospective
1999 Tantara Records
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A gem of a film.
8 August 2004 | by See all my reviews

Many films succeed outside the context of Hollywood hype. This one provides several messages competently executed by new talent, and without the special effects so commonly packaged by Tinseltown. Dialog and talent hold one's attention in a real-world interpretation of the Malmedy massacre and it's aftermath in WW2 Belgium. The tagline, 'A Time For Heroes' says much and it's more than appropriate for our time since the definition of 'hero' has been broadened by current events and uncommon courage. Lighting, sound, location, editing, and inventive writing make this a weekend wonder if you're seeking a story of principled men in desperate circumstances. Not unlike John Sturges' films.


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