Days of Glory (Indigenes)
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Days of Glory (Indigenes)
Director Rachid Bouchareb teams with screenwriter Olivier Morelle to offer a revealing look at the brave contributions made by North African soldiers who fought for France during World War II in this emotionally-charged war drama starring Jamel Debbouze, Samy Naceri, Sami Bouajila, and Bernard Blancan. The year was 1943 and France had been bending to the will of Nazi Germany for three long years. In order to break Hitler's powerful grip, the first French Army was recruited in Africa. Comprised of 130,000 North Africans who were willing to put their lives on the line in order to defeat the… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

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"Instead of guys named Danny and Polack and Sol and Brooklyn, you've got guys named Said and Yassir and Messaoud and Abdelkader. But it's the same deal. Prick them, do they not bleed? Blow them up, do their limbs not scatter and their guts not spill?"
‑ Jonathan F. Richards,
"A shattering tale of bravery and unrewarded loyalty."
‑ Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News
"All the upright morality in the world doesn't compensate for poor filmmaking."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"The horror of "Days of Glory" is that its hate and tolerance are not relics from the past, but are as real today as the flickering shadows on the screen."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"Earnest yet heavy-handed."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"Bouchareb shows a real talent for action sequences."
‑ Wally Hammond, Time Out
"It's to the credit of the actors, and Algerian-born director Rachid Bouchareb, that we become emotionally involved with the soldiers and the injustices they are forced to endure."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
"As by the numbers as it sometimes becomes, those very clichés also emphasize the fact that we haven't seen these men in this setting before."
‑ Rob Vaux, Flipside Movie Emporium
"Beautifully photographed, impeccably produced and wonderfully acted, but it offers no surprises..."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"[Director] Bouchareb clearly understands that battlefield action is greatly intensified when filmgoers care about the participants, and he works artfully to make that happen."
‑ Jack Garner, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
"A solidly-constructed window onto an era and a culture clash many Americans never knew existed."
‑ Michael Booth, Denver Post
"Days of Glory may lack a certain complexity, but then courage under fire from all sides -- be it the enemy's weapons or your own country's disgusting bigotry -- is a pretty straightforward proposition. The plain facts are more than enough."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Like most every great war movie, it combines intense action with human drama. There's also several overtly preachy scenes that accomplish little to further the story but they underline the already clear message."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Movie Views
"Standard issue military fare that has a hard time standing apart from established classics of the combat genre."
‑ Sean O'Connell, Charlotte Weekly
"A cri de couer dressed out as a standard war film, Days of Glory is a well-made if blunt appeal for justice for the nearly forgotten Algerian soldiers who enlisted in the French Army in 1943."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
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