Days of Glory (2007)
Critic Consensus: Days of Glory is a powerful historical epic that pays homage to a valiant group of soldiers whose sacrifices have largely been forgotten.
Time period: 1944-1945. The liberation of Italy, Provence, the Alps, the Rhone Valley, the Vosges and Alsace marked vital stages in the Allied victory. And, in the place that France was able to take among the Allies following the Armistice. This victorious and bloody march on Germany was carried out by the 1st French Army, recruited in Africa to sidestep the German occupiers and the officials of the Vichy regime: 200,000 men, including 130,000 "natives" comprising 110,000 North Africans and 20,000 Black African. The rest of the force was made up of French North Africans and of young Frenchmen who had fled the Occupation. This is the forgotten story of the so-called "native" soldiers. … More
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as Said Otmari
as Messaoud Souni
as Sergeant Martinez
as War Correspondent
as Captain Martin
as Corporal Leroux
as Captain Durieux
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Critic Reviews for Days of Glory
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?
A solidly-constructed window onto an era and a culture clash many Americans never knew existed.
A shattering tale of bravery and unrewarded loyalty.
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.
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.
Audience Reviews for Days of Glory
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.
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.
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