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Days of Glory (2006)

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During WWII, four North African men enlist in the French army to liberate that country from Nazi oppression, and to fight French discrimination.

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Rachid Bouchareb
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 9 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jamel Debbouze ... Saïd Otmari
Samy Naceri ... Yassir
Roschdy Zem ... Messaoud Souni
Sami Bouajila ... Abdelkader
Bernard Blancan ... Sergent Roger Martinez
Mathieu Simonet ... Caporal Leroux
Assaad Bouab ... Larbi
Benoît Giros Benoît Giros ... Capitaine Durieux
Mélanie Laurent ... Margueritte village Vosges
Antoine Chappey Antoine Chappey ... Le colonel
Aurélie Eltvedt Aurélie Eltvedt ... Irène
Thomas Langmann ... Le journaliste
Thibault de Montalembert Thibault de Montalembert ... Capitaine Martin
Diouc Koma ... Touré
Philippe Beglia Philippe Beglia ... Rambert
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Storyline

Algeria, 1943, through Italy and France, to Alsace in early 1945, with a coda years later. Arabs volunteer to fight Nazis to liberate France, their motherland. We follow Saïd, dirt poor, an orderly for a grizzled sergeant, Martinez, a pied noir with some willingness to speak up for his Arab troops; Messaoud, a crack shot, who in Province falls in love with a French woman who loves him back; and Abdelkader, a corporal, a budding intellectual with a keen sense of injustice. The men fight with courage against a backdrop of small and large indignities: French soldiers get better food, time for leave, and promotions. Is the promise of liberty, equality, and fraternity hollow? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The true story of World War II's forgotten heroes See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for war violence and brief language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The main actors, all of North African descent, did not know of France's discrimination towards foreign soldiers serving in the French army during World War 2 until filming began. See more »

Goofs

When Yassir enters the village before the final battle, he is carrying a Thompson M1A1 sub-machine gun, then between shots it changes back and fourth to a M1928 Thompson sub-machine gun. See more »

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Featured in Indigenes: Le making of (2006) See more »

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Ya Dzayer
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Written by Armand Amar
Performed by Khaled
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Generic War Film
15 January 2011 | by Theo RobertsonSee all my reviews

There's two types of French film .

1 ) The sort that is beloved by Cahiers Du Cinema that often feature people standing about talking about existentialist themes and often don't find a market outside France

2 ) The sort that is despised by Cahiers Du Cinema that often feature action and plot and appeal to an international market

DAYS OF GLORY is certainly in the second camp . The problem is that it's a bit too international . The theme of colonial soldiers fighting for the mother country could have easily have featured British dominion troops fighting in the Boer war , of Indian troops fighting at El Alamein or even of black Americans fighting in the second world war . Some people on this page have criticised this movie as not being a Gallic version of GLORY and you can see their point . There's little in the way of an idiosyncratic voice

Worse still despite the subtitles you could easily be watching a war film that was made in Hollywood . Much of the plot could have easily been lifted from Sam Fuller's THE BIG RED ONE as the story jumps from North Africa , Italy and eventually France . It's also impossible not to notice that the final climatic battle owes a lot to the climax of SAVING PRIVATE RYAN . Perhaps that's why DAYS OF GLORY received high praise down to its familiar story that English speaking fans of war films have seen so many times before ?

It could have been much worse though . On a technical level it's a competent enough movie and it doesn't go overboard that the Goumier troops are some how slaves press-ganged in to joining the Free French forces but it does effectively ignore the sometimes horrendous reputation Goumier troops had in Axis territories where women are concerned . The 1960 Italian film TWO WOMEN goes in to this in detail and you can imagine that's why the protagonists service in Italy is skated over very slightly . One wonders if the producers might have been worried about an international audience being alienated by bringing up the subject in any length ? As it it stands DAYS OF GLORY is a good enough war film though very traditional


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Country:

Algeria | France | Morocco | Belgium

Language:

French | Arabic

Release Date:

27 September 2006 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Days of Glory See more »

Filming Locations:

Agadir, Morocco See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR14,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,996, 10 December 2006

Gross USA:

$320,700

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$22,963,701
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Color:

Black and White | Black and White (archive footage)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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