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  • Actors: Ron Eldard, Zak Orth, Frank Whaley, Dylan Bruno, Devon Gummersall
  • Directors: John Irvin
  • Writers: W.W. Vought
  • Producers: David R. Ginsburg, Gavin Polone, John Kemeny, Judy Hofflund
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Prism
  • DVD Release Date: 2 Jun. 2003
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004WZXX
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60,954 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Towards the end of World War Two, American troops based in Europe see the success of D-Day as a sign that they will soon return home. However, the Battle of Hurtgen forest claims 24,000 lives in just three months. Private David Manning is promoted for his bravery after carrying a wounded comrade to safety and reluctantly placed in charge of raw recruits. Manning's only thoughts are of escape from the carnage of war as he embarks on a final mission.

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68 of 69 people found the following review helpful By "dan_stylee" on 22 Jan. 2004
Format: DVD
Releasing a war film at the same time as Saving Private Ryan probably isn't the smartest thing to do, and it is a great pity that this film was so ignored. A made-for-TV flick, it plays more like an arthouse production than it's War-is-hell counterparts.
It is set during the battle of Hurtgen Forest, a particularly bloody battle in American history. Focusing on lowly Private D. Manning, the film begins as he carries the only other man from his platoon that wasn't massacred through the misty woods. Nobody except him knows what befell the unit, and frankly nobody cares, as he is immediately, against his will, promoted to Sergeant and sent back in to the "Death Factory" with a batch of fresh recruits. For him, history seems to be repeating itself, certain that these youngsters are soon to die as well.
If Private Ryan's style of shooting evoked combat footage, this musters something of the feeling of war photography, framing the story neatly and functionally, and often fading into sepia tones like O Brother, Where Art Thou? Directed by John Irvine it bears resemblances to Hamburger Hill but certainly stands on its own two feet.
The strength of the film over others is the central character's ambiguity. Is he a reluctant fighter, some sort of lucky freak, or just a plain heartless coward? It is certain, however, that this man is no hero.
The cast is completed made up of unknowns, none of which have really got anywhere since which is unfortunate as the acting is largely strong. Where the film fails, inevitably, compared to Ryans' big-budget spectacle, is its action, shot more traditionally. But don't miss it- this is a benchmark for how TV should be made
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By E. Hughes on 26 Aug. 2002
Format: DVD
This superb film was released in the wake of the hugely successful 'Saving Private Ryan' and was subsequently ignored and overlooked by the masses. 'Saving Private Ryan' also overshadowed the poetic and emotional 'Thin Red Line' yet this still was enjoyed by a wide audience. With this, already, flourishing market there was no room for this amazing movie. I only discovered it due to it being shown on satellite television and videoed it.
The film itself portrays a campaign which itself was overshadowed by the 'Battle of the Bulge' although it claimed the lives of thousands of Americans. The film itself avoids a hollywood style affair and also uses a mainly unknown cast yet the acting in the movie is consistently spot-on. The camera angles used also add to the films quality.
Overall this film is perhaps the hollywood blockbuster that never was combining the gritty detail of 'Saving Private Ryan' with the emotional struggles portrayed in 'The Thin Red Line'. I recommend that you buy this spectacular film and I'm sure that you will find it a great movie.
By Ed Hughes (15)
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Gisli Jokull Gislason VINE VOICE on 11 Nov. 2007
Format: DVD
Set in the fall of 1944 and the battle between American infantry forces and German defenders at Hurtgen Forest. It is the longest single battle the U.S. Army has ever fought in its history and casualities were around 60.000 US soldiers. The battle was know for its brutality, probably more so since the battle lines hardly moved, similar to WW1 trench warfare. For all its brutality and sacrifice the Battle Of Hurtgen Forest has long been considered a forgotten battle, with the attention going to Operation Market Garden and the Battle of the Bulge, probably because there is no glory in a stalemate.

The story itself is fiction and follows pvt Manning, the sole survivor of his group as he must lead new recruits into the meat grinder and is promoted against his wishes. Many of his comrades consider him to be flawed and question why he is alive when everyone else is dead. The new recruits must learn fast or die. So even if the story is fiction it tries to capture the spirit of the battle and its message is War is Hell.

War movie buffs will like it, attention is given to detail and even though it is a television production there are a lot of extras making the scenes convincing. Special mention should go to Martin Donovan as Capt. Roy Pritchett, pvt Mannings Company Commander. An intelligent man who sees the futility of the battle but must soldier on and push his men into the meat grinder while he wants nothing more than to keep them alive. A very strong preformance.

The script is well written and has connections to older war movies that some may spot and the story progresses well.

I enjoyed it and thought it was good and it has a worthy place in my collection.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Nov. 2000
Format: DVD
This is an outstanding war drama with a cast of relative unknowns whose sheer quality belies its humble provenance. Though it bears comparison with Saving Private Ryan in its subject matter, visual style and its gritty depiction of the sanguinary realities of battle, it manages to eschew the cloying sentimentality of the Spielberg film and generally does an outstanding job of avoiding Hollywood formula and breathing something fresh and original into a well-worn genre.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fortuna on 10 Dec. 2014
Format: DVD
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It's late Autumn of 1944, and soldier Ron Eldard is the only survivor of his unit after a week of bloody fighting along the German border in the Hurtgen forest. Eldard, a rookie only a week ago, is now both an experienced soldier and an admitted coward, and all he wants is to be declared mentally unfit and sent home. Unfortunately, his commanding officer thinks Eldard's survival instinct makes him a perfect leader of fresh troops and promotes him to lead an entire unit.

Trumpets Fade is a pretty good study in the military mentality and how it relates to heroism; director John Irvin, who also directed Hamburger Hill and The Dogs Of War, shows us the obligatory flying limbs and shattered bodies, but goes beyond the standard men-as-meat viewpoint with some good, psychologically tight scenes of untested soldiers being thrown headfirst into the war.

Unfortunately, it's seldom better than pretty good: Eldard does a competent job of portraying a dutiful coward, there are decent scenes of small-unit actions, and the attrition is appropriately terrifying. But it doesn't match up in emotional depth or pure visual scope to Saving Private Ryan or The Big Red One. Still, how many war movies do? If you've seen those classics, and still want more WWII angst and action, When Trumpets Fade should take precedent over, say, Flying Leathernecks any day.
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