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
The highest opening weekend of any release from Excel Entertainment: $129,056 (from only 26 screens; week of August 6-8, 2004) See more »
At the end of the film we see a German soldier fire a Panzerfaust (anti-tank weapon) at a tent. The "bomb" launches like a rocket in a straight line and blows the tent to smithereens. This would not happen. The Panzerfaust is not a rocket launcher; it is effectively a big gun. There's a charge in the tube that explodes and "lobs" the charge towards its target. It does not fly under its own power and certainly does not travel in a straight line. The shaped charge is encased in metal and the front needs to deform to set off the detonator. This would require striking a hard target such as a tank. If a panzerfaust was fired at a tent it would merely bounce off. See more »
This is armed forces radio, reporting from London. Today supreme allied headquarters reported American combat troops and aircraft have completely routed the attacking German army and the Ardennes front.
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Performed by JoAnn Ottley
JOANN OTTLEY: Retrospective
1999 Tantara Records
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A gem of a film.
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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