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When Trumpets Fade (1998)

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A private in the latter days of WWII on the German front struggles between his will to survive and what his superiors perceive as a battlefield instinct.

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John Irvin

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W.W. Vought
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ron Eldard ... Manning
Zak Orth ... Pvt. Warren Sanderson
Frank Whaley ... Chamberlain - Medic
Dylan Bruno ... Sgt. Talbot
Devon Gummersall ... Lonnie
Dan Futterman ... Despin
Steven Petrarca ... Baxter
Dwight Yoakam ... Lieutenant Colonel
Martin Donovan ... Capt. Pritchett
Timothy Olyphant ... Lt. Lukas
Jeffrey Donovan ... Bobby
Bobby Cannavale ... Capt. Zenek
Frank-Michael Köbe Frank-Michael Köbe ... German Sergeant (as Frank Köbe)
András Stohl András Stohl ... Wounded Soldier
Matthew Rutson Cooney Matthew Rutson Cooney ... Driver Corporal (as Matthew Ruston Cooney)
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Storyline

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 mental disability, Manning is promoted to sergeant and assigned to lead a new platoon of young inductees. Written by Anonymous

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In the heat of battle not all soldiers can be heroes

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Action | Drama | War

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Rated R for graphic war carnage and strong language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 June 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hurtgen See more »

Filming Locations:

Budapest, Hungary See more »

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Stereo

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Director John Irvin's third war film. Irvin had previously been in the Vietnam War filming documentaries. See more »

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The map used by the Lt. Col. at the company command post to show the Captain where they are to secure a river crossing on the advance to Schmidt is not standard U.S. Army issue, which were black and white, but a modern color version mounted on cardboard. See more »

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Narrator, news footage: August 1944. The outcome of the Second World War appeared to be no longer in doubt. Paris was liberated. After four years of fighting, victory against the Germans seemed assured. Since the Normandy landings, American and Allied forces had battled their way across northern Europe, and pushed the German enemy to within its own homeland.
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A rare gem
28 January 2003 | by wikkidsmyleSee all my reviews

This is one of those rare gems: an excellent TV movie.

In Australia, this TV movie is (apparently) called 'Hamburger Hill 2'. Although it's neither a sequel nor a prequel to 'Hamburger Hill', I forgive the reference on the basis that if you've seen (and enjoyed) 'Hamburger Hill', you will certainly enjoy this movie. Both are directed by John Irvin and share certain elements: a simple story, a relatively unknown cast, excellent production values and dramatic battle sequences.

The story centres around Private Manning (Ron Eldard), a soldier who simply wants out, but finds himself, due to the fact that his survival instinct is misinterpreted as battle instinct, promoted first to Sergeant and then to Lieutenant and given charge of a small band of new soldiers as they battle with the German Army. Manning is assisted by war-worn medic, Chamberlain (Frank Whaley) and taunted by his nemesis, Sergeant Talbot (Dylan Bruno) who sees him as a coward. Manning, however, redeems himself. The ending is heartbreaking.

As with 'Hamburger Hill', John Irvin presents us with a poignant reminder of just how much of a meat-grinder War is. Instead of a hill, we have a forest - a beautiful, but deadly forest. The cinematography here belies its TV movie status; it is simply stunning. The cast, especially the protagonists, give 100%. The sense of anger, fear and despair is palpable. There's no let up in all its 92 minutes.

My only quibble (and a minor one) is with the music. Whereas Philip Glass provided a simple, yet chilling, motif for 'Hamburger Hill', Geoffrey Burgon gives us slightly too much music which, in some scenes, didn't quite gel with the images.

I bought this movie on DVD on the basis of other reviews here and the fact that I enjoyed (and also bought) 'Hamburger Hill'. I did not waste my tenner. Excellent.

10/10


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