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Plot: In WWII Western Germany, Private David Manning reluctantly leaves behind a mortally wounded fellow soldier and searches for survivors from his platoon, only to learn from commanding officer Captain Pritchett that they have all been killed in action. Despite requesting a discharge on the grounds of… Runtime: 95 min Release Date: 27 Jun 1998
Men who are under fire don't fight for queen and country they fight for the guy standing beside them, their buddies and friends. When one realizes this and only when one realizes this. Can one truly understand the nature of war and this particular film. This statement is true wither it be drafted or volunteered troops. No one knows how he or she will act under fire until they are. Less than one percent of the population even knows what a bullet sounds like as it bees past your head thumps into a sand bag or thwacks into flesh, the sounds alone are horrifying. The replacements in this film <more>
acted exactly how new replacements do. Openly scared, unaware of the dangers of combat and filled with antiquated training from out of touch boot camps. It hasn't changed even today How can you call someone who runs away a coward unless you were there? If that's so, lets just call the entire American retreat from North Korea or the British retreat at Dunkirk all cowards. I think not!! This film was riveting in my opinion all the characters were believable and acted in a believable manner. Parts of the battlefield still exist today the dragons teeth are still in place in some areas and some of the bunkers are still intact. Every year or so human remains are still found in a farmer's field or in a excavation. A tribute to the battles ferocity .As for the leadership in the film it was in fact as exactly as it happened. The American military experimented for the first and last time with promoting untrained officers and NCOs and putting them in combat command and control positions. They realized their error when about 20 thousand or so troops were killed. The fight or flight reaction in one of the scenes was true to life and a totally believable reality. I enjoyed this film and think it stands high on the scale of true to life combat films. No one knows our real hero's in war. Only a select few of the survivors were recognized most died with no witnesses. They certainly didn't charge into the breech yelling God Save the Queen! Most were trying to stop someone from killing their friends or saving a wounded buddy. Just ask Smokey Smith. Who is he you ask? He is just a few clicks away, if you wish to know. Try a search engine and see a real hero not an athlete.
One of the best war movies ever made (by gamespyislame)
This is a must see film. It presents war realistically. Just as in real combat, some soldiers are reluctant to attack, some officers are not that smart, many soldiers are scared, and the mission is of dubious value.This particular story focuses on one soldier who was the lone survivor of an allied attack or the Germans. He is promoted to Sgt. against his wishes because they are short of people. Put in charge of new replacements, he is torn between training the new men, and staying out of the fight so he will stay alive.After another failed attack by his company, he is promoted to Lt. Again he <more>
does not want this responsibility, but now has to lead men into battle.Its one of the few films that show how inept some officers are. Band of brothers is the only other film I can think of that shows an inept American officer, Capt. Herbert Sobel played by David Schwimmer .Its also one of the few American films about the Battle of the Hertgen Forrest, which was overshadowed a few months later by the Battle of the Bulge.
Absolutely incredible. A difficult, punishing film to watch that completely disputes the notion of heroism and personal sacrifice. Instead of being a fraudulent, shallow movie more about U.S. propaganda as seen in Saving Private Ryan , this film never gives any answers or any consolation. It asks questions so cruelly and indirectly that you'll be lucky to shake the images you see.It's violent, but it doesn't resort to throwing blood, guts, and limbs around. The image of a river red with blood, the slight glimpse of a mine, men screaming in unknown agony speak loudly enough. <more>
I've never seen anything so intense.No, it's not a perfect film. There are issues with the story and some of the characterizations, I guess...but not enough to worry about. For God's sake, SEE THIS FILM!
Not a war epic, and all the better for it (by Euromutt)
Due to the fact that the two films came out close together, it is tempting to compare When Trumpets Fade to Saving Private Ryan. This would be a mistake. Unlike Private Ryan, Trumpets is not an epic set to a background of a crucial point in history, like D-Day, nor are the central characters members of an elite unit who are given a "heroic" assignment. Instead, the main character, Manning Eldard , starts off as a private reluctant to risk his life, but who finds himself promoted and burdened with increasing responsibilities he does not want as his unit suffers horrendous attrition <more>
attempting to fight its way into Germany in late 1944. Manning's dilemma both contrasts and parallels that of his company commander, Captain Pritchett Donovan , who has to balance achieving the objectives he has been assigned and keeping as many of his men alive as he can, and succeeding at neither. The greatest contrast with Private Ryan, however, comes in the form of the replacement troops, all green recruits with no combat experience - a far cry from Captain Miller's seasoned Rangers. Rounding it off is Dwight Yoakam as the nameless battalion commander who is unapologetic about driving his men to the slaughter, but whose face betrays the fact that, as with Captain Pritchett, their deaths weigh heavily upon him. When Trumpets Fade successfully showcases combat at its most gruesome and frustrating as Captain Pritchett's company batters itself to pieces against its target with nothing to show for the effort and bravery of the men except an ever-increasing pile of American corpses. But we get two good looks at the face of a German squad leader, portrayed by Frank-Michael Köbe, and in it we can see the despondency of a man who knows that he is fighting only to postpone the inevitable defeat of his country. A gritty, realistic, and depressing, but nonetheless excellent film.
When Trumpets Fade is a great movie, with excellent action sequences, fine acting and a sound storyline. It's better than Platoon, and I'd put it up there with 84 Charlie Mopic, except that it deals with infantry warfare during WWII. It came out after a series of real to life WWII movies, Saving Private Ryan, The Thin Red Line, but is made on a smaller budget and apart from Ryan's opening scene, it is a better movie. The cast consists of thoroughly unknown but very skilled actors, and the movie gives you a feel of what it must have been like to be on the front line in the Huertgen <more>
Forrest in Germany, late 1944. The Hungarian location adds realism as well.The story basically revolves around the single minded efforts of private then sergeant, then lieutenant Manning Ron Eldard to stay alive and out of the meatgrinder that is conventional warfare, no matter what, even though ironically, the fact that he survives means that he has to put up for ever more dangerous tasks because he's the only one near who has any close-up experience.I'll add that the videostore I go to allows you to rent 5 movies for the price of 3, and keep them for a full week. Every day after watching another movie, I couldn't help but re-watch "When Trumpets Fade", and every time I found something new and something more made sense to me.This is one outstanding movie, very well produced and if you like war movies from the grunt's point of view, don't miss it.
When Struggling for Survival Is More Important than Patriotism, in an Excellent Unknown Movie (by claudio_carvalho)
In 1944, in Hurtgen Forest in the border of Belgium, Pvt. David Manning Ron Eldard is the only man of his company to survive a battle in the woods. He joins a new company trying to get a medical waive, and although having difficulties to respect his superiors, he is promoted to sergeant due to his leadership and instinct of survival. After a new battle, when he destroys the German cannons, he is promoted to lieutenant."When Trumpets Fade" is a great surprise: totally unknown in Brazil, without any publicity, it is indeed an excellent war movie. Based on a true story, the Hurtgen <more>
Forest Battle, where 24,000 soldiers died, this film shows, without any clemency or romance, how stupid a war is. The soldiers are moved by the instinct of survival, and not by patriotism like other movies usually present. The battle scenes are amazingly real, showing shattered bodies or man losing parts of their bodies. A must-see movie, recommended for audiences who look for raw and naked true story, with magnificent interpretations and direction. My vote is nine.Title Brazil : "Quando os Bravos se Calam" "When the Braves Silence"
this movie accurately portrays what is was like for green recruits to be on the front lines of battle. this movie is about a private Manning who is part of a squad that is entirely wiped out. having been the only one to survive he is promoted to sergeant and put in change of his own squad. After exemplifying himself is an act of heroism he is recommended to be given his own platoon. The movie accurately displays on how friends you have been fighting with and assume so naively would live actually end up dying in your arms. i enjoyed this movie because i enjoy movies about war with violence and <more>
gore. however i have to say that there was drama in the script that came up just out of the blue and it didn't really add anything to the story. on a side not Private Sanderson is the man! He should be made next company commander. to conclude i would recommend this movie to anyone who likes band of brothers or any of the call of duty games.
They know were hurting. The only reason their not making a push is because their hurting too! (by sol-kay)
***SPOILERS*** We first get to see Pvt. David Manning, Ron Eldard, desperately trying to drag back to base from behind enemy lines the badly wounded Pvt. Bobby Miller, Jeffrey Donovan. Manning seeing that there's no hope of him surviving and knowing that he'll have to leave Bobby behind puts him out of his suffering with a bullet in his skull. It's back at base that a very reluctant Pvt.Manning, who wants a section 8 mental discharge, is promoted to sergeant by his company commander Capt. Pritchett, Martin Donovan, just for the fact that he's the only survivor of his entire <more>
unit!Knowing that he's no hero Sgt. Manning tries to hide it from the men he's put in charge of only to prove Capt. Pritchett right. He has a unique survival instinct which is soon to reflect on the men in his unit. Try as he may everything that Sgt. Manning does even shooting one of his own men, who turned chicken and ran jeopardizing the entire unite, ends up saving more then losing lives in combat! It's later when a major assault is planned against the Germans defending the almost impregnable Siegfried Line, the Dragon's Teeth, sergeant now promoted to 1st Let Manning in an attempted to catch the defending Germans off guard goes against orders and decides to jump start the attack at night not dawn like he was ordered to do. Despite all the odds against him the assault on the German positions works but it cost him all the men that agreed to go along with his suicidal plan.***SPOILERS*** Badly wounded in the fighting 1st Let. Manning is carried back from behind enemy lines by the only survivor, besides himself, of his combat team Pvt. Sandy Sanderson, Zak Orth. Pvt. Sanderson happens to be the man whom Manning left on his own the day before when he got lost, as the unit point man, behind enemy lines and made it back just before Manning and his men were about to leave him to die there! This time around Pvt. Sanderson, risking his own life, carried a badly wounded Let. Manning back to safety unlike what Manning did to him as well as Pvt. Bobby Miller earlier in the movie! Even though Let. Manning wasn't alive to to see it when he with Pvt. Sanderson's help made it back to base!P.S The film depicts the furious and bloody fighting in the almost forgotten battle of the Hurtgen Forest, known as the Death Factory, on the Belgium German border. What turned out to be the longest single US military engagement of the entire Second World War the Battle of the Hurtgen Forest lasted, from September 1944 to February 1945, five months and ended up in a stalemate costing the US Army over 40,000 casualties, the equivalent of more then two fully manned US infantry divisions, with some 12,000 of them being fatal.
This entire film is one that should not be forgotten for its historical and psychological relevance. What I liked the most is how it shows how late in the second world war, US soldiers were often, if they had not done so already, their breaking points. The film displayed what war can turn someone into, where fear can cause valor, as is the case with the character Sanderson. The character of Manning was fascinating because he had only been in the conflict for a few days and he had already made his own opinions and options on the battlefield, and how he starts in the woods as a caring fellow, <more>
trying to save a wounded comrade, to being the instant battle hardened warrior he was when his squad was sent to take out the Flak 88 guns. I liked how this film gave an insight into what war does to people, and how during conflict they can be changed from average people into hardened-heartless warriors.