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The Chapel at Able-Five 

Alone and blinded, Saunders is at the mercy of a German chaplain.

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... Sgt. Saunders
... Lt. Hanley
... Major Chaplain Ernest Miller
Jack Hogan ... Kirby
... Caje
Dick Peabody ... Littlejohn
Conlan Carter ... Doc
... Capt. Jampel
George Sawaya ... German Sergeant
Louie Elias ... Pvt. David Cochran (as Louis Elias)
David Armstrong ... American Corporal
... Captain Krauss
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Alone and blinded, Saunders is at the mercy of a German chaplain.

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Action | Drama | War

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11 October 1966 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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Man of God Versus War Reality
21 November 2014 | by See all my reviews

"Chapel At Able 5" is a story about Chaplain Major Ernest Miller (excellently played by Fritz Weaver) and his true heartfelt renunciation of war & killing. After The Sarge is injured by a mine blast, Miller uses Saunders to help transport his severely wounded Captain Krauss (excellently played by Jan Malmsjo.) Only The Sarge doesn't know he's dealing with 2 German officers.

Phillip Hoffman wrote an outstanding screenplay which tells a story of a true "man of God" in Chaplain Ernest Miller amidst a background of suspense, intrigue, great heavy artillery and regular combat fire. Jan Malmsjo does an outstanding job portraying the antagonist who is bent on war & killing. Vic Morrow has a memorable opening sequence giving one a sense of what it's like to be disabled on the battlefield. Fritz Weaver is inspiring as a chaplain who sticks to his beliefs. He has a memorable line about the senselessness of war.

Michael Caffey did a fine job directing; numerous close-ups along with coordination of combat & heavy artillery scenes tell the story in graphic form. Note the excellent stunt work by Earl Parker (Saunders' stunt double) falling into a ditch; it still must've hurt. The pine tree combat scene with Caje & Littlejohn was very creative & original. Kirby's BAR fire comes through loud & clear.

The ending sequence is beautifully done with Chaplain Miller living up to his "man of God" belief. When Miller is chastised by Captain Krauss, Saunders hits the nail on the head. Very heartfelt story.


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