Saints and Soldiers
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A handful of fighting men must defy the odds to save their own lives and thousands of others in this drama set during World War II. In late 1944, a band of nearly a hundred American soldiers are making their way through a wooded region of Belgium when they are ambushed by German forces in a battle that became known as "the Malmady Massacre." A small group of American soldiers are able to take cover -- hard-boiled Sgt. Gunderson (Peter Holden), a grunt from Louisiana called Kendrick (Lawrence Bagby), a cynical medical officer from Brooklyn by the name of Gould (Alex Niver), and Cpl.… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 65%

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"Nicely detailed if slackly paced."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"It has the strengths and the clean lines of a traditional war movie, without high-tech special effects to pump up the noise level."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Director Ryan Little has mounted a remarkably effective production on what must have been a shoestring by Hollywood standards."
‑ Robert W. Butler, Kansas City Star
"A solid, good-looking effort that bends a bit too much toward war-film conventions."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"'A gem of a movie with an unusually convincing reality base. We feel as if there's no distance between us and the fighting men. And that lack of distance is the film's point.'"
‑ Anthony Del Valle, Las Vegas Mercury
"There aren't any plot surprises in this low-budget effort, so the success of the mission from a viewer standpoint depends on how well you connect with the characters and their plight."
‑ Janice Page, Boston Globe
"It's the movie equivalent of singing 'Onward Christian Soldiers' to those already in the choir."
‑ Robert K. Elder, Chicago Tribune
"Little makes good use of modest resources, but after a while, the film's less-is-more aesthetic grows threadbare."
‑ Duane Dudek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"valuable in its embrace of true Christian forgiveness"
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, New Times
"Blessed with a smart script and an excellent cast of unknowns, first time director Ryan Little, who also served as cinematographer, establishes himself as a major talent."
‑ Wade Major, Boxoffice Magazine
"A worthy effort that's entirely appropriate for mainstream audiences."
‑ Ted Fry, Seattle Times
"Though Saints and Soldiers' examination of faith, self-sacrifice and morality is not groundbreaking, it always holds our interest."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"It's no earthshaker, but the indie film is refreshingly different from the current movie norm, it's won more than 15 awards on the festival circuit, and war-movie aficionados will find it well worth the journey to one of its four suburban venues."
‑ William Arnold, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"A feel-good film about a small group of soldiers in WWII who are so saintly that they never curse."
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
"That the film seems willing to erect a simple religious parable on such a moral morass is bewildering."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
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