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Days of Glory (Indigenes) (2006)



Average Rating: 7.2/10
Reviews Counted: 85
Fresh: 70 | Rotten: 15

Days of Glory is a powerful historical epic that pays homage to a valiant group of soldiers whose sacrifices have largely been forgotten.


Average Rating: 7.7/10
Critic Reviews: 32
Fresh: 30 | Rotten: 2

Days of Glory is a powerful historical epic that pays homage to a valiant group of soldiers whose sacrifices have largely been forgotten.



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Director Rachid Bouchareb teams with screenwriter Olivier Morelle to offer a revealing look at the brave contributions made by North African soldiers who fought for France during World War II in this emotionally-charged war drama starring Jamel Debbouze, Samy Naceri, Sami Bouajila, and Bernard Blancan. The year was 1943 and France had been bending to the will of Nazi Germany for three long years. In order to break Hitler's powerful grip, the first French Army was recruited in Africa. Comprised



Olivier Lorelle

Jun 12, 2007


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All Critics (85) | Top Critics (32) | Fresh (70) | Rotten (15) | DVD (8)

Instead of guys named Danny and Polack and Sol and Brooklyn, you've got guys named Said and Yassir and Messaoud and Abdelkader. But it's the same deal. Prick them, do they not bleed? Blow them up, do their limbs not scatter and their guts not spill?

May 22, 2007 Full Review Source:
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Bouchareb shows a real talent for action sequences.

March 29, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out
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A solidly-constructed window onto an era and a culture clash many Americans never knew existed.

March 23, 2007 Full Review Source: Denver Post
Denver Post
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A shattering tale of bravery and unrewarded loyalty.

March 23, 2007
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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It's to the credit of the actors, and Algerian-born director Rachid Bouchareb, that we become emotionally involved with the soldiers and the injustices they are forced to endure.

March 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press
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Days of Glory may lack a certain complexity, but then courage under fire from all sides -- be it the enemy's weapons or your own country's disgusting bigotry -- is a pretty straightforward proposition. The plain facts are more than enough.

March 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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All the upright morality in the world doesn't compensate for poor filmmaking.

September 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

As by the numbers as it sometimes becomes, those very clichés also emphasize the fact that we haven't seen these men in this setting before.

July 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Flipside Movie Emporium
Flipside Movie Emporium

Like most every great war movie, it combines intense action with human drama. There's also several overtly preachy scenes that accomplish little to further the story but they underline the already clear message.

June 30, 2007 Full Review Source: Movie Views

The horror of "Days of Glory" is that its hate and tolerance are not relics from the past, but are as real today as the flickering shadows on the screen.

June 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star
Arizona Daily Star

Beautifully photographed, impeccably produced and wonderfully acted, but it offers no surprises...

April 27, 2007 | Comment (1)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Standard issue military fare that has a hard time standing apart from established classics of the combat genre.

April 19, 2007 | Comments (2)

Earnest yet heavy-handed.

April 18, 2007 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

[Director] Bouchareb clearly understands that battlefield action is greatly intensified when filmgoers care about the participants, and he works artfully to make that happen.

April 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

A cri de couer dressed out as a standard war film, Days of Glory is a well-made if blunt appeal for justice for the nearly forgotten Algerian soldiers who enlisted in the French Army in 1943.

April 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Its message is dimmed by a procession of war and race movie clichés that even the excellent cast and epic cinematography cannot revive.

April 3, 2007 Full Review Source: BBC

It occasionally does drop into wartime cliches of love lost and friends fallen. But the chest-thwack poinancy of those who shed blood and were shamefully shunned drags you through.

March 30, 2007 Full Review Source: thelondonpaper

A passionate, historically important film.

March 27, 2007
Sight and Sound

Fusing the personal and the political, Bouchareb's stirring war drama comes with a modern-day resonance and plenty of punch. Recommended.

March 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

A war film more of sober, grim reflection than balls-out escapades. Yet it grips consistently, its bursts of combat delivering gut-punches of veracity.

March 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

A somewhat clunky ending isn't enough to ruin Days of Glory, which features some good performances and has a slightly different take on a much-filmed subject.

March 24, 2007 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Stands apart for its passion and patriotism in the face of hostility. The spirit of liberté, égalité and fraternité runs high for everyone, even those who have never set foot in France.

March 23, 2007
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Audience Reviews for Days of Glory (Indigenes)

Days Of Glory is a grim reflection on the events of World War II from the perspective of the unrewarded bravery and loyalty of colonial Algeria to liberate France from Germany. Passionate. Straightforward. Historically important.
September 10, 2011
Jan Marc Macababayao

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Being ignorant of this historical warfare, I was absolutely lost in the beginning. I couldn't understand why X was fighting for Y against Z unless X was ruled by Y. But I was able to get hold of it soon. But I wasn't able to understand several things. Why Sergeant Martinez recommended Abdelkader for promotion even after getting into a fight with him and with all their differences? Why would Said stake his life for Sergeant after he wants him to go to hell? Okay, I can take it that one or two of 'em have an all-of-a-sudden change of heart. But what's shown here is too hard to digest. Seemed like the makers lost their tabs on logic while trying to show/be clear enough that their intentions were pure. Of all the actors, Abdelkader was the best.
August 17, 2011

Super Reviewer

Inspired by actual events, Indigenes is the story of Arab soldiers serving in the French Foreign Legion in WWII. Director Rachid Bouchareb oversees a talented cast that brings to light the exploits of these obscure, almost forgotten heroes. A history lesson that everyone should see.
September 9, 2009
Randy Tippy

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"The true story of World War II's forgotten heroes"

During WWII, four North African men enlist in the French army to liberate that country from Nazi oppression, and to fight French discrimination.

This riveting, poignant, deeply ironic docudrama tells the story of the 7th Algerian Infantry Division, a battle unit composed of Arab Algerians, mobilized, trained and led by French officers, that took part in the invasion of Italy and southern France to liberate these territories from the Nazis in 1944-45. It is war writ small, up close and personal. The focus is relentlessly cast upon the fortunes of the men in a single squad. Noteworthy is the subtext of unequal, discriminatory treatment of the Algerians, compared to French soldiers (e.g., inferior food, no leave). In that regard, the film prefigures circumstances that led eventually to the Algerian war of independence from France years later.

The ensemble acting is nothing short of stupendous. Deeply etched character studies are offered by Jamel Debbouze (humble Saïd, the youngest, the man with the withered arm), Samy Naceri (Yassir, the protective big brother), Roschdy Zem (Messaoud, the marksman who falls in love with a French woman), Sami Bouajila (the ambitious natural leader, corporal Abdelkader) and Bernard Blancan (Sgt. Martinez, the French Algerian squad leader). This group jointly received the Best Actor award at Cannes last May. I think that "Glory" ranks with the very best war movies made in the modern era, right up there with films like Oliver Stone's "Platoon," Steven Spielberg's "Saving Private Ryan," and Clint Eastwood's "Letters from Iwo Jima." I wouldn't argue with anyone who claims that "Glory" is the best of the lot.
May 25, 2009
Lorenzo von Matterhorn

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