If they would have been born 20 years later, they would have blended right into our social fabric, as perhaps intellectuals (Werner) or aggressive businessman (Gilbert).
Some viewers criticized this film for not using authentic WW2 rifles, pointing towards the AK-47, allegedly used in this film by German soldiers. When in fact they where "Sturmgewehr 44s", with whom not many people are familiar with. This Gun was issued by few German units in 1945, and described as one of Hitlers so called Wonder weapons to change the outcome of the war.
The Actors and the Acting As a German raised Canadian, I love those Actors, because I grew up seeing them on German TV for half of my lifetime, and recently again, because the internet and online shopping makes it possible to reunite with them. Most of them can still be seen on new German TV productions today. For me, they where simply the best. Does a wage of x-million $ per film, make a Hollywood actor better, than an actor from another country who does quality work with a moderate wage ? I guess only American movie fans can answer that. For me, they just created one of my most favourite films. My Dad , a veteran of age 84 and I, are in accord on this opinion, as for my part I have listened a lot but not enough of my past 55 years to him, specially interested in the wartime. At first very reluctant to tell me much, my insistence paid of over the years. He grew up like a normal child from a middle class farming family, enjoying the seasons, Fishing, hunting and swimming in the ancient Hessel river. Joined the Hitler Youth, because almost every young boy did. That meant privilege's like participating in motor sport and glider plane classes. Our farming community lived in a quite and tranquil place of Germany, with not much going on. There was plenty of food on the farm, many family gatherings and celebrations, it seemed like time would not touch this little peaceful and enchanting world. That idyll all ended in the second year of the war, just like it did in the movie. If my Dad says the movie got it accurately, than I do believe him
Do not make a story up, or select events and clump them together,
if they are too remotely related.
2.) Have a few Veterans or Survivors consulted and included in the
extras of the DVD, from all sides. Hurry up, they will not be
3.) Read the History part, try to be as authentic as possible.
4.) Read about soldiers from the other side, try to get their characters
and culture right.
The Russians in this film look like morons and goons, the director
should have watched some Russian war flicks like 'ZVESDA', 'SVOY'
or 'KONVOY PQ-17', to get the feeling.
5.) Have military advisers around, to make sense out of the action
scenes. At least this movie had some original vehicles like the
Hetzer. But they seemed to be lost on the Battlefield.
6.) Get actors, that act like soldiers act in wars.
Do not make the mistake of assigning pretty actors to one side,
and the most ugly ones to the other.
Do not dehumanize any side. Criticize them by their deeds, do not
paint them as subhumans.
7.) Do not make a war movie, that subjects to your ideology.
This one felt like a typical propaganda movie.
A very naive and born out of prejudiced klishe'.
8.) A good musical score, this was the only part in the movie, that was