When Trumpets Fade (1998)





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John Irvin directed this gripping and effective WWII drama set amid the carnage and slaughter of the Hurtgen Forest battle when the Allies moved on toward Germany in the fall of 1944. Private Manning (Ron Eldard) hopes for a Section 8 switch away from the frontline combat, but when he's the only survivor of his platoon, Captain Pritchett (Martin Donovan) is so impressed he upgrades Manning to sergeant. This irritates Sgt. Talbot (Dylan Bruno) who views Manning as a coward. Manning is put in … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Drama, Television
Directed By:
Written By: W.W. Vought
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 10, 1998
HBO Video


as Manning

as Chamberlain

as Sanderson

as Captain Pritchett

as Despin

as Lieutenant Colonel

as Talbot

as Captain Zenek

as German Sergeant

as Wounded Soldier

as News Footage Narrato...
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Critic Reviews for When Trumpets Fade

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

May 29, 2001
AV Club
Top Critic

This is a gritty, workmanlike WW11, HBO made for TV movie...

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

September 29, 2005

| June 1, 2004

Audience Reviews for When Trumpets Fade


Great movie!! Great story plot. Phenomenal cast.

Leo L

Super Reviewer


Although the film tends to insist that it's a war film, it is in fact a horror film in the first order. No real gripes about it except for the fact that some scenes creaped the s**t out of me and the fact that it gets kinda formulaic towards the end.

william leonard

BASED ON A TRUE STORY, this powerful war movie depicts some painful battle scenes as the US invaded Germany proper in World War II.

Jim Domarad

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