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Saints and Soldiers (2003)

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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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Ryan Little

Writers:

Geoffrey Panos (original story), Geoffrey Panos (screenwriter) | 1 more credit »
16 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Corbin Allred ... Cpl. Nathan 'Deacon' Greer
Alexander Polinsky ... Medic Steven Gould (as Alexander Niver)
Kirby Heyborne ... Flt. Sgt. Oberon Winley
Larry Bagby ... Pvt. Shirley 'Shirl' Kendrick (as Lawrence Bagby)
Peter Holden ... SSgt. Gordon Gunderson
Ethan Vincent ... Rudolph 'Rudi' Gertz
Melinda Renee ... Catherine Theary
Ruby Chase ... Sophie Theary (as Ruby Chase O'Neil)
Jeff Birk Jeff Birk ... Radio Announcer
Benjamin Gourley ... Private McKinley (as Ben Gourley)
Tane Williams Tane Williams ... Injured One-Armed Soldier
Randy Beard Randy Beard ... German Officer #1
Curt Doussett ... German Soldier #1
Michael Buster Michael Buster ... German Soldier #2
M. Casey Reeves M. Casey Reeves ... Weeping Soldier
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Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Action | Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

25 March 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Saints of War See more »

Filming Locations:

Alpine, Utah, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$780,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$129,056, 8 August 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,310,470
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Sound Mix:

DTS (DTS-HD 5.1)| Dolby Digital (5.1 surround)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1 / (high definition)
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Trivia

All guns used in the film are authentic and fully-functional, modified to shoot blanks. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

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1999 Tantara Records
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Worthy of all the "Best Picture" awards
11 October 2004 | by smithfam548See all my reviews

This movie is worthy of the 14 "Best Picture" awards it has already won...I hope that it gets a bigger national release.

I live in the San Diego area and I just took my family to see this film tonight, and I have to say that this is one of the most moving films I have seen.

I felt like this was an appropriate movie for my 13 yr old daughter to view (I would not recommend for any younger). The story was told so well that I felt she understood the underlying messages. We were able to have a very long discussion afterward about war and accountability of those who unjustly cause wars. We talked about recognizing the humanity behind the "enemy" soldiers who are, for the most part, just doing their duty to country. These men have wives, children, fathers and mothers who love them just as much as the families of the soldiers on "our" side.

I literally was speechless at the end of the film. The "surprise" ending caught me a little off-guard with its VERY poignant and thought provoking message.

The characters were well developed and I really felt that i could empathize with each man's approach to the situation they were in.

The impact of the movie far exceeded its budget. I was very impressed with the actors (for example, the beautiful French woman...who WAS that?).

I think I was most impressed with the acting of the Medic (The exchange of looks between him and the German prisoner at the end of the movie was classic!).

I read a lot of the reviews prior to watching this film, so I had somewhat of a biased opinion about what I might see. I have to admit, I found myself feeling like the movie exceeded my expectations and was VERY much worth it. I don't buy many movies...this is one I definitely will buy for my private library.


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