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Memorial Day (2012)

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Memorial Day, 1993. When 13-year-old Kyle Vogel discovers the World War II footlocker belonging to his grandfather, Bud, everyone tells Kyle to put it back. Luckily, he ignores them. ... See full summary »

Director:

Samuel Fischer

Writers:

Jeff Traxler (based on a story by), Marc Conklin (based on a story by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jonathan Bennett ... SSgt. Kyle Vogel
James Cromwell ... Bud Vogel
John Cromwell ... Lt. Bud Vogel
Jackson Bond ... Young Kyle Vogel
Mary Kay Fortier-Spalding Mary Kay Fortier-Spalding ... Betty Vogel
Emily Fradenburgh ... Lt Kelly Tripp
Charles Hubbell ... Capt. Tom Marshall
Corby Kelly Corby Kelly ... Derek Lodermeier
Chris LeFevere Chris LeFevere ... Spc. Josh Berg
Steven Luke ... Brandt (as Luke Schuetzle)
Jasper Morgan ... Young German Soldier
Reed Sigmund Reed Sigmund ... Ed Gorski
Thomas Sellwood Thomas Sellwood ... Pfc. Nick Sullivan
Erin Traxler Erin Traxler ... Sarah Vogel
Armin Zadeh Armin Zadeh ... Moises Aguilar
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Storyline

Memorial Day, 1993. When 13-year-old Kyle Vogel discovers the World War II footlocker belonging to his grandfather, Bud, everyone tells Kyle to put it back. Luckily, he ignores them. Although Bud has never talked about the war, he finds himself striking a deal with his grandson: Kyle can pick any three souvenirs, and Bud will tell him the stories behind each one. Memorial Day not only takes us on a journey into Bud's complicated wartime past, but also into Kyle's wartime future. As the two men share parallel experiences in combat, they come to realize how that magical day on the porch shaped both of their lives. Written by Anonymous

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Taglines:

Two generations. Two wars. One story.

Genres:

Action | Drama | History | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some war violence | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 July 2012 (Norway) See more »

Also Known As:

Az emlékezés napja See more »

Filming Locations:

Montgomery, Minnesota, USA See more »

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Budget:

$4,200,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Perspective Films See more »
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DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Cast member Luis John Soria, a retired US Army Sergeant First Class, presented director Samuel Fischer with an authentic United States Army Unit Coin while on set filming the ISF Recruiting Mission segment. Soria received this coin in 1991 for his participation in the Gulf War, aka Operation Desert Storm/Desert Shield. Ironically, in this film Soria plays an Iraqi soldier. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the film, SSG Vogel is depicted as wearing a Combat Infantryman Badge (CIB), with a star on it. The star denotes a second award, meaning he would have had to have fought in the 1991 Gulf War (the criteria for the CIB does not award a second CIB for serving in both Iraq and Afghanistan), something he is far too young to have done. See more »

Quotes

Bud Vogel: Dear Kylie, my old head can't hold too much anymore but, today, a whole lot came flooding back into it. You might remember this afternoon as just another Saturday at Opa's farmhouse. It wasn't. I've never liked the word "souvenirs", but I guess that's what they are. Shards of memory, shrapnel. You take them to help you remember. What you don't count on is they don't let you forget. Pain. Happiness. Friendship. Death. Smells of diesel and dead animals. Eating meals within arm's length of corpses...
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War can be lense through all life is viewed.
7 June 2012 | by jamesmverlautzSee all my reviews

First and foremost let me preface this review by saying I love independent films and war films. This film has four main actors, and they all did a marvelous job making their characters extremely believable and real. But, what makes this movie unmistakably good is that it makes you feel. There is no way you can not watch this movie and not feel for the grandfathers condition, or the trials and tribulations that that Kyle Vogel, and Bud Vogel. But, maybe most importantly this film forces us to look at what war is. This film shows that regardless of how much war has changed, in many ways it has not changed. There is still death, loss, and moral struggles. That at some point we all must come to terms with. This is a movie that I would recommend with flying colors, but I am skeptical of this movies re-watch value because once the moral issues have been lay-ed out there is not much else to this movie.


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