Saints and Soldiers

2004

Saints and Soldiers

Critics Consensus

While it draws heavily on war movie conventions, Saints and Soldiers has strong performances and a compelling central plot.

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Based on the historical event known as the "Malmedy Massacre, " this is the tale of a group of American soldiers in Germany in World War II, one of whom served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Germany just before the war. In mid-December 1944, Hitler's Army blitzkriegs through the Ardennes Forest into Belgium, creating the colossal wintertime offensive known as the Battle of the Bulge. Sergeant Daniel Epstein and close friend Nathan Greer find themselves held captive with more than 70 other American Soldiers in a snow-covered field. Without warning, German soldiers open fire on the American prisoners. Epstein, Greer and a handful of other soldiers are able to escape the massacre by hiding in the nearby woods. Without weapons or food, they take on the unforgiving winter trying to find their way back to Allied-occupied territory.

Cast

Corbin Allred
as Corporal Nathan 'Deacon' Greer
Alexander Polinsky
as Steven Gould
Kirby Heyborne
as Flight Sergeant Oberon Winley
Larry Bagby
as Private Shirl Kendrick
Ben Gourley
as Sgt. McKinney
Lincoln Hoppe
as Heinrich
Melinda Renee
as Catherine
Chris Clark
as American G.I.
Peter Asle Holden
as Gordon Gunderson
Curt Doussett
as German Officer
Christian Lee (V)
as German Soldier #1
Jeff Birk
as Radio Announcer
Tane Williams
as Injured One-Armed Soldier
Randy Beard
as German Officer #1
Michael Buster
as German Soldier #2
M. Casey Reeves
as Weeping Soldier
Christian Malzl
as German Soldier #2
Philip Malzl
as German Soldier #3
Dawn Graham
as Ghost Figure
Julie Graham
as Ghost Figure
Addy Meldrum
as Ghost Figure
Matthew Meldrum
as Ghost Figure
McKay Meldrum
as Ghost Figure
Kelly Moyle
as Ghost Figure
Kelly Klindt
as German Officer #2
Jason Allred
as Peeing German
Joel Bishop
as German Soldier #4
Michael Tanner
as American Foxhole Soldier #1
Gavin Bentley
as American Foxhole Soldier #2
Chris Kendrick
as Sergeant Meldrum
Spencer Funk
as German Soldier #5
Sterling Funk
as German Soldier #6
Bill Ferguson
as American Medic #1
Richard J. Clifford
as American Medic #2
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Critic Reviews for Saints and Soldiers

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Audience Reviews for Saints and Soldiers

  • Oct 24, 2013
    "Why another WWll film? Hasn't it all been done, all been said? What's the point?" And so I wondered while watching until, despite the less-than-experienced and sometime cliched delivery from some B-list outfit, a story emerges that asks some interesting questions. Although it never leaves the enormous footprints of those that have gone before, like the voice of a child ("what did lil Mikey just say?") it does come around to make some worthwhile points. The cast, the script, the tech, never overblown, does well in maintaining our interest until that happens. Two thumbs up.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Jul 24, 2011
    World War II war film featuring Corbin Allred, Alexander Niver, Kirby Heyborne, Lawrence Bagby and Peter Holden.It is based loosely around events taking place shortly after the Malmedy massacre during the Battle of the Bulge where several US soldiers and a downed British airman need to reach Allied lines to pass on some vital intelligence.Despite the good epoch reconstruction, this movie suffers of bad script, with empty dialogues and boring conversations between the soldiers.By the way, the actors don't look like world war II soldiers at all, and the whole project is an attempt to catch some "Saving private Ryan's" ideas.i love war movies, but this one is not one of my favorites.
    Andre T Super Reviewer
  • Jul 07, 2011
    I didn't have very high hopes for this film, because it only runs a little over an hour-and-a-half. Come on, war films are suppose to be 3 hour epics about people walking around, shooting people and talking about dying. Well, it's actually got everything but the 3 hour runtime thing down. I guess this is pretty much the opposite of "The Thin Red Line" in some ways. This film falls into the conventions of war films, but doesn't drag them out to a painfully dull extent. However, where "The Thin Red Line" made up for that with a deal of offbeat elements, this film doesn't feel too refreshing. Of course, that's not the film's only flaw. The film suffers from a lack of development, a slow pacing, quietness and some overdrawn points. Still, it all comes down the film's falling into the tropes of the war film genre. It's a story we've seen many times before in the war genre and it follows a deal of the same beats from this storyline. Characters and messages are cliched, as are the character fate hints, making many events rather predictable. One of the most offbeat things about this story is that it takes place in a snowy setting. Still, though the story is familiar, it still carries that compelling kick, being backed-up by such strenghts as lovely cinematography, a fine score, solid sound, fine production designs, charming character chemistry, effective comic relief, good action sequences, emotional resonanse and a good ending. Of course, what carries the film are the performances. Speaking of conventions, who's ready for another redundant discussion on the strong performances? If you guessed that I was going to say that these guys emote well, have great chemistry and give off a compelling atmosphere, then congradulations, you win. Your prize is the dawning realization that you're sad enough to have read enough of my numbingly long reviews to find my conventions. Well, you can cry about that later, because I've still got a redundant discussion to make. The performers' crackling chemistry and emotional work are what make the film's characters and story so compelling. There, now let me just wrap this thing up. In the end, "Saints and Soliders" is not the most refreshing entry in the war film catalogue, but the compelling story - carried by the strong leads and find technical value - make it worth the watch.
    Cameron J Super Reviewer
  • Apr 27, 2011
    Great tale of four soldiers stuck behind enemy lines during WWII, and how these four very different people have to ban together to fend off Germans and each other to get vital information to the allies.
    Jason R Super Reviewer

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