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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent War Movie On a Shoestring
Four American soldiers- Gunderson,Kendrick,Gould and Deacon- escape a massacre by German Troops at Malmedy.They meet up with a downed British Pilot who has vital intelligence and together they try to cross through eneny lines to deliver it.
Playing like a superior episode of Band Of Brothers(and shot in the self same desaturated palate)Saints and Soldiers benefits...
Published on 23 Jun 2008 by Mark Pearce

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2.0 out of 5 stars Fades quickly from memory
This is a movie which is o.k. for a single viewing and little more. It is certainly not based on a true story - although it takes into consideration certain real events such as the Malmedy Massacre and indeed the Battle of the Bulge. The story itself and the main characters are fiction. It is annoying if you know your history well then the timeline is distorted and the...
Published on 6 Mar 2008 by Gisli Jokull Gislason


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent War Movie On a Shoestring, 23 Jun 2008
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Four American soldiers- Gunderson,Kendrick,Gould and Deacon- escape a massacre by German Troops at Malmedy.They meet up with a downed British Pilot who has vital intelligence and together they try to cross through eneny lines to deliver it.
Playing like a superior episode of Band Of Brothers(and shot in the self same desaturated palate)Saints and Soldiers benefits from a tight running time(85 minutes)which does nothing to diminish it's emotional power and a good ensemble cast.The action when it comes is both potent and deeply troubling(as it should be)with Ryan Little's direction allowing all the characters to develop convincingly.
One or two contrivances and the pilot's odd British accent aside,Saints and Soldiers is a worthy entry into the war genre and what it lacks in spectacle,it more than makes up for in it's potent depiction of the human cost of war.
Spend a little extra for this two disc set and you get a worthy doc on the events at Malmedy.For anyone who holds B OF B in high regard this is an essential companion piece.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good effort for an independent film!, 5 Aug 2009
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I was happily surprised and did not see the religious propaganda as some other reviewers have expressed. The Deacon could have belonged to any other religion. Not your typical war movie.

A compelling plot and strong performances despite the dreadful British accent make this movie hold together. Small budget, unknown actors, young director... a typical independent film. Hats off! They deserve some recognition.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Which side are any of us on?, 25 Jan 2006
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One of those more restrained war films which focuses on the human perspective, rather than action for its own sake. American soldiers caught up in the grim business of war begin to question everything that is happening around them, as well as their own moral codes, before discovering precisely how easily the boundaries between friend and foe can blur, to say nothing of the sudden influence of lowly civilians who are forced to endure the military madness passing their way. Another colour-bleached tale in the Saving Private Ryan tradition of survival in enemy territory, with a smattering of incidents unusual enough to raise a few eyebrows. It would be interesting to know which events really did occur, apart from the well-documented massacre that is the film's starting point. The welcome absence of big screen stars only adds to its credibility. At 82 minutes, it's a tad too short, but thought-provoking viewing all the same.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Fades quickly from memory, 6 Mar 2008
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Gisli Jokull Gislason "Jokull" (Iceland) - See all my reviews
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This is a movie which is o.k. for a single viewing and little more. It is certainly not based on a true story - although it takes into consideration certain real events such as the Malmedy Massacre and indeed the Battle of the Bulge. The story itself and the main characters are fiction. It is annoying if you know your history well then the timeline is distorted and the great secret intelligence the RAF Officer has obtained about the forthcoming invasion is rather redundant since the invasion started before the Malmedy Massacre and Allied High Command would have been painfully aware of it by now. And that is setting aside several other inconsistencies of less importance.

Added to that none of these inconsistencies needed to be there because the story is about a small group of soldiers and tries to tell the story of how they cope with the horror that is war. For such a story you could have had the background facts correct. As a story of a small group of men there is little new, such stories have been told before and continue to be told and this one fades quickly from memory.

It is worthy of note that this movie does very well with uniforms and hardware considering the tiny budget, around 1 million $ US and it is watchable, it just isn't a keeper - and I normally collect War Movies.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Based On Actual Events ???, 16 Mar 2014
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Malcolm (Edlesborough, UK) - See all my reviews
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Saints and Soldiers is a war drama which according to it's sub heading, is based on
actual events, namely the horrific murder of over 70 unarmed US soldiers at the hands of an
SS Panzer Division in Malmedy, Belgium, during World War 2.

It's director, Ryan Little an LDS/Mormon, uses the horror of the Malmedy Massacre
to create a watchable, if far fetched theme of US Mormon soldier meets up with German
Mormon soldier on the battlefield.
Four US servicemen manage to escape from the massacre and team up with a crashed RAF
Pilot (Winley) who is carrying information vital to allied commanders.
Corbin Allred, a Mormon actor, plays Corporal Greer who stands out from his companions in
that he had been a missionary in Berlin prior to the war. No mention is made as to Greer's
religious affiliation, but it is not difficult to work out that this non smoking, non drinking, coffee
hating soldier is a member of the LDS church.
Due to his personal peculiarities, his comrades nickname him The Deacon, which just
happens to be a genuine LDS/Mormon priesthood calling, and we see him sitting apart from
the others at times, reading what appears to be an LDS Serviceman's edition of The Book of Mormon.

After trying to make it past enemy lines on his own, Winley, the RAF pilot returns
to camp with a German soldier that he has managed to capture, and we then learn
that Deacon knows the German, as he taught his family while he was serving his church
mission in Berlin. So good US Mormon soldier is reunited with 'good enemy' German Mormon
soldier and they chat and pray together. The group let the German soldier go as he has given
them details of the Nazi Troop Movements in the surrounding area.
After a few more skirmishes with the enemy the US comrades finally catch up with their own
troops and pass on the vital information.

Whilst the story is a good yarn, in which we learn something of the morality and coping
abilities of soldiers under pressure, it is too much to expect an audience to believe that
a US Mormon fighting in the Ardennes Forest would bump into the very same German
Mormon that he knew from his missionary days, and happily chat and pray together.
The odds for that happening are almost impossible.

The only substance to the claim that the film is "based on actual events" is the fact that
the Malmedy Massacre was in fact true and a war crime.
As for the rest, we must accept that the final statement in the credits is true.
"The characters and incidents portrayed in this motion picture are fictitious".
Quality acting from unknown actors, working to a somewhat unbelievable script in
the snowy forests of Utah. I loved it for the implausibility. Not at all typical
of the genre.
Released in 2003.
Running time approx 90 minutes.
Subtitled in English.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No Saints, just Soldiers!!, 29 Oct 2005
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Not a bad film overall. If its just action you want then you may be dissapointed. This film goes into the minds of the soldier. Stick with the plot and you will be pleasantly surprised who good this film is. Some very good special effects and a good cast make this film a good, true to life war film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great film, 15 Feb 2011
I bought this film not knowing a lot about it,but i have to say i thought it was a great film. A real emotional rollercoaster that at the same time as making you laugh is really sad and thought provoking. Follows the story of 4 American and one English soldiers as they try to evade and stay one step ahead of German troops in Nazi occupied Belgium, the moments when they come close to being discovered are really tense and draw you into there fight for survival. Great acting performances especially from Corbin Allred as the traumatised Cpl Greer, who throughout the film battles with both his conscience from killing an innocent family and the fact he longs for his pregnant wife back home.

I would certainly recommend buying this movie,especially if you are into the genre.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Personally I enjoyed the moment when the floppy gun barrel wobbled up ..., 18 Oct 2014
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Tim (far far away) - See all my reviews
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Ok, the almost brand new equipment (tanks, uniforms etc) will always be an issue & armchair warmovie geeks will be squealing about the German tanks - loosely based on a Panzer iii - being unauthentic etc. Personally I enjoyed the moment when the floppy gun barrel wobbled up and down.

The 'English' officer's accent was,,,,, remarkable. The characters are almost cartoon like in their depiction of sterotypes.

More to the point was the DVD worth watching? exactly 3 stars, straight down the middle. This is average and relegated to those evenings when you really cant be bothered to do anything better. Acting was unremarkable. Entertainment value also a 3.

I will however download the next one in the series and watch optimistically.
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28 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent little film, 3 Sep 2006
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This film seems to get unfavourably compared with Band of Brothers and Saving Private Ryan - yet that the budget of less than a $1 million is overlooked every time. However, the film-makers have done a fantastic job, borrowing the desaturated colours, zipping bullets and handheld camerawork from their big-budget buddies to give a suprisingly lavish appearence. With a tiny cast of unknowns and no gigantic special effects sequences, action movie fans will certainly be disappointed (despite some very good combat scenes). The cast do a great job - ok, so the English character is really an American actor, but he really isn't bad at all. And it's a shame some reviewers tend to nitpick and complain about tedious innacuracies (the aluminium one below is wrong for a start!), because on the whole this is a character-driven film, with a clearly defined story and pleasing message. I found it highly enjoyable, a great addition to my DVD collection, one I will return to. For viewers who enthralled by the Band of Brothers experience, consider this a worthy suppliment.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent film..., 26 Nov 2006
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This independant film effort is excellent with good acting and a solid storyline. Theres enough action to keep you interested but enough character development and storyline to prevent it getting boring.

Despite the very low budget the costumes are authentic as are the weapons (the grenade explosions are particularly impressive)

I would give it 5 stars but the film is a little slow to start and there are a few plot holes but in general a very very good film and an excellent addition to any war-film fans collection
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