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Days of Glory [DVD] (2006)

Jamel Debbouze , Samy Naceri , Rachid Bouchareb    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jamel Debbouze, Samy Naceri, Roschdy Zem, Sami Bouajila, Bernard Blancan
  • Directors: Rachid Bouchareb
  • Format: PAL, Dolby, Digital Sound, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: In2film
  • DVD Release Date: 28 July 2008
  • Run Time: 118 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0019J2URW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,211 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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WWII drama directed by Rachid Bouchareb, depicting the plight of the North African troops enlisted to fight in the French army between 1943 and 1945. Despite the fact that the four young Arabs around whom the story centres have, in effect, been called up by one colonial oppressor to fight another, they say goodbye to their families in Algeria, Morocco and Senegal and willingly step forward to take up their arms. But all find themselves shockingly discriminated against by bigots within the French army, and deprived of the few rights and privileges to which new recruits are entitled. Bouchareb's powerful and persuasive film was instrumental in French prime minister Jacques Chirac's decision to compensate all North Africans who fought in World War II by unfreezing their pensions.

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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
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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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly glorious film 18 May 2009
By Edelbee
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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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
By The Truth TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Indigenes (Days of Glory), as a movie about the huge contribution made by soldiers from the Empire in the renaissance of the French army in WW2, succeeds on several levels - it holds the interest, it twiddles with your emotions, and it gets a strong message across.

As has been mentioned elsewhere in these reviews, the Free French army would have continued as a single brigade of men, had it not been for the Armee d'Afrique's large resources of Spahis, Tirailleurs and Goums - native troops from all over French Africa, but particularly Morrocco and Algeria. This wasn't because they were especially keen on liberating France per se - it was mainly because they were told to, and their honour depended on it. Nevertheless, there were many who imagined France as the beneficent mother country needing their help. Others felt that demonstrating their loyalty would lead the authorities to thoughts of equality, and maybe even freedom.

So this film is about the journey of some of these fighters, and five in particular, from sandy North Africa to a wet, cold German border.

Along the way, it becomes apparent to them just how feckless and bigoted their masters really are. At every turn, they are discriminated against, even by their own officers, who often only act with consideration because they fear mutiny.

This sort of thing has been said before, of course, on lots of occasions (Glory, for instance), and it's also pretty much all true, not to say a human universal, but the moralising is handled very heavily here... as a white European viewer, it felt a bit like being hit repeatedly with a large tagine pot.

Beyond that, the film won't give you much you haven't seen before in war movies, but it is well crafted, the story is excellent, and the acting is superlative... you really do end up getting very involved.

Well worth watching more than once.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
not a bad film
Published 4 days ago by truckman020
5.0 out of 5 stars Top quality WW2 movie
A top WW2 movie. There is not much need to enlarge on the other four or five stars reviews. Just this. Read more
Published 25 days ago by J. T. Hoeg
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad
Average war film ,good battle at the end.
Published 27 days ago by sara walters
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good entertainment
Published 27 days ago by G D Segasby
4.0 out of 5 stars The French title is more descriptive
The French title of Indigènes or “Natives” is a better description of this film – namely the poor treatment of North-African soldiers fighting in the Free French Army during... Read more
Published 1 month ago by andy
5.0 out of 5 stars good film
good film quite a lot of action
Published 1 month ago by John W.
4.0 out of 5 stars opens your eyes to the truth
need to watch this ,to understand what went on and still goes on today .was well worth watching ,please do to see the big picture from all sides
Published 3 months ago by Mr. Sean E. Wooltorton
3.0 out of 5 stars DVD Days of Glory
The story line is good the only upset is it is subtitled which I did not realise at the time still it is worth watching
Published 5 months ago by Alex
5.0 out of 5 stars Fine film of little-known subject
This is a very very good telling of the story of the African men who fought for France during WWII. The final showdown brought a lump to my throat and a tear to my eye. Read more
Published 7 months ago by M. P. Campbell
5.0 out of 5 stars Days Of Glory
Yes, very fine french view of World War II and soldiers from french colonies part in it. Very realistic, good casting, excellent product.
Published 8 months ago by Marko
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