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  • Actors: Jamel Debbouzel, Antoine Chappey, Aurelie Eltvedt, Roschdy Zem, Samy Naceri
  • Directors: Rachid Bouchareb
  • Format: Dolby, PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: Unknown
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Metrodome Distribution
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Sept. 2007
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000TR6BAM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,189 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Reviews

"1943. Although they have never set foot on French soil, four young Algerian soldiers feel it is their duty to enlist along with 130,000 other 'indigenous troops'. Their noble aim is to fight for the liberation of their 'fatherland' from the Nazi enemy ravaging Europe and the world. The epic journey these forgotten heroes embark upon shows us the injustices they faced in the time of war, the fearless courage they displayed in the face of brutal conflict and the discrimination they encountered from the nation they helped defend". So powerful is the impact of Days of Glory (Indigènes), that when it was released in France in September 2006, the French government were forced to challenges the discrimination between the war veteran's pensions received by the colonial troops and those received by French nationals. French president Jacques Chirac was so moved by the film he immediately raised the pensions of thousands of veteran soldiers from former French colonies to the same level as their French national peers. The film has also functioned as a catalyst in rectifying unjust pension laws in Belgium and Italy. The film has bought to light similar injustices faced by British colonial troops like the Gurkhas.

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3.8 out of 5 stars

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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Edelbee on 18 May 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
The comparisons that are continually being made between this film and Saving Private Ryan are completely inept. This is a far superior film in all respects. The story is more credible, being based closely as it is on the actual experiences of French North African colonial troops rather than, as is the case with Ryan, consisting of a schmalzed up version of a story loosely inspired by a real life incident. The story is gripping and intensely moving as it follows the fates of a group of colonial troops who have enlisted- for a variety of reasons- to free their supposed motherland from the Nazis. Some enlist for money, others for adventure and some out a sense of genuine idealistic patriotism. A rude awakening awaits each and every one of them. The film can be viewed and enjoyed as an adventure movie and also as a disquisition on the inherant folly and flaws of colonialism. These men - and their real life counterparts in both the French and British empires- gave their loyalty and their lives for mother countries that undervalued, despised and ultimately rejected and spurned them. I defy anyone to watch the final scene of this film without being brought to the brink of tears. French cinema at its very best.
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Ted Nalbantian on 27 Jan. 2008
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I am very pleased with this Blu-Ray release of 'Days of Glory'- the picture is sharp, focused, and very obviously HD. I would say that the visual quality ranks as one of the best in my blu-ray collection. The battle at the beginning of the film, with paned out shots of large numbers of infantry attacking a hill, looked stunning. I definitely recommend buying this on Blu-Ray instead of DVD.

As for the film itself, I think this has taken its place as one of my favourite war films. It sheds light on a side of WW2 which has very rarely been explored, and it educates the viewer on the topic of race relations within the ranks of the French military with sensitivity and very naturally- it is not melodramatic, the characters feel like human beings and not actors- which makes it all the more shocking and powerful. It's one of those films where the full emotional impact sinks in in the days after watching it. It's interesting to see the conflict through the eyes of Algerian soldiers- the second world war is seen as such a good versus evil, unambiguous conflict that the situation of the colonial forces is difficult to grasp.

Truly, this film will make you think. It's powerful, sad, well-acted, stunning in high def and an essential purchase for anyone's blu-ray collection.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By The Truth TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 July 2010
Format: Blu-ray
WOW: What a film.

And WOW: there's some really harsh reviews on here, for what I thought was and excellent war film. How strange, and undeserved (look at the DVD reviews - it has 4 and a half stars overall, while at the time of writing this, the Blu Ray release, has 2?).

So, first of all, take it from me; this is a good film. Secondly, and perhaps most importantly - this is a good war film.

I love war films and it's refreshing to have seen this, as recently I've watched lots and they've all been a huge let down (Defiance for one, Max Manus: Man Of War, and although a series and not a film, Generation Kill spring to mind as a few Turkeys I've watched in the last few months) so it's good to have been 'blown away' (no pun intended) by this little gem.

For starters it focuses on Muslim soldiers from Algeria, fighting in the French army, against the Nazis - that in itself makes a nice difference to the usual, war films from the British (or worse still American) perspective and gives an interesting angle and perspective to a a genre of film we've all seen a billion times and generally can guess what's going to happen in them a mile off.

But the Muslim angle isn't the only way it's different: it's different too in the fact that there's really something innocent about the soldiers we follow (this is a theme that's nothing new in war films - boys fighting as men etc - innocent lives ruined) But for some reason, the piety, innocence and naivety of these few soldiers was different and incredibly touching. Even more upsetting. Take for instance, the fact that one of the men enlisted only had one arm, a bit of a simpletone froma small village - yet he still enlisted to help 'free the Mother land' - a place he'd only ever heard of in songs.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Anna Spinelli on 15 Oct. 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
No doubt it is interesting to see the point of view of someone else about the facts narrated in this epic movie. In its genre it is absolutely perfect. Non doubt it is worth to see once more how shameful a war is, and still how many corrupted powers survive on the pain of human beings turned to mere soldiers. However the story passes over some gruesome "details" of the narrated events. Like the slaughter of the inhabitants of some Italian small towns and villages, perpetrated by the North African troops, with the revenging bless of their French commanders (Remember "La Ciociara", 1960, directed by Vittorio de Sica, winning at Cannes Festival). A fact just forgotten, even in the extra interviews to the director and of course the actors, too young to know. It is just this out of tune, in a story that "wants to tell the truth". The movie in itself is wonderful and touching to the right point, worth to be seen and meditated.
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