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#1 Charlie Seper

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Posted 01 December 2005 - 09:25 AM

Saints and Soldiers started as a story written by Geoff Panos about a small group of soldiers, 4-Americans and 1-Brit, trapped behind enemy lines after escaping the legendary Malmédy Massacre where the Germans slaughtered prisoners of war, probably numbering in the hundreds, many of them Americans. But this isn't really a story about the Malmédy Massacre. Its a story about faith and friendship among strangers. Its the type of story that can only develop out of tragic times.

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Shortly after escaping the German malady the American soldiers come upon a British soldier with his parachute tangled in a tree, and soon learn that he has important information that he needs to get to his command center nearly 20-miles away, straight through enemy territory. There follows all the typical hide and seek maneuvers one would expect from a war movie, including a touching moment when our heroes find themselves at the farmhouse of a woman with her young daughter who show the kind of genuine gratitude toward these soldiers that one can only hope was felt by so many French and Belgium people during the war.

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There's a sharp shooting Corporal called, Deacon, because he doesn't drink or smoke and was at one time a missionary in Germany before the war (something that will come in handy, in almost mystical proportions at some point in the movie) and a Medic who thinks he's lost all chance of faith in anything after watching a young soldier die, but who deep down wants to believe that life isn't as hopeless as it seems. The real story here is one of faith. Not the preachy kind of faith encumbered by all the dogmatic trappings we loath, but a simple matter of hope that something lies beyond the veil, and that no one truly dies in vein.

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This is a great story, well written, well acted, and well directed by Ryan Little who pulled double duty as the film's cinematographer. And great cinematography it is too. Its not every day that somebody manages to pull off a war epic on a budget of under a million dollars, but this one succeeds with high honors.
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#2 Preston Herrick

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Posted 01 December 2005 - 12:33 PM

I agree, it was very well done. I was particularly impressed by what they were able to pull off on their budget - inspiring really.
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#3 Charlie Seper

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Posted 01 December 2005 - 01:00 PM

OOPS, posted the same pic twice. One of them should have been:

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