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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 charge of a group of awkward recruits, including the clumsy Sanderson (Zak Orth), as the Allies prepare to take a key location, a well-defended bridge. Shown at the 1998 Seattle Film Festival, this television production had its HBO premiere on June 27, 1998.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


Ron Eldard
as Manning
Frank Whaley
as Chamberlain
Zak Orth
as Sanderson
Martin Donovan
as Captain Pritchett
Dwight Yoakam
as Lieutenant Colonel
Bobby Cannavale
as Captain Zenek
Frank Kobe
as German Sergeant
Andras Stohl
as Wounded Soldier
Peter Thomas
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

Full Review… | 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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