Everyman's War 2009 NR

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As the seasoned infantry and tank units of the German 11th Panzer Ghost division move silently into position on the snow covered hills around Nennig, Germany, a battle weary GI and his unit stand ready to defend the small town, a key position in the Allied advance to win the war. Outgunned and outnumbered, Staff Sgt. Don Smith struggles to find hope and courage against overwhelming odds in one of the decisive confrontations in the Battle of the Bulge during WWII. Everyman's War is based on the actual events of the 94th Infantry.

Starring:
Cole Carson, Eric Reid
Runtime:
1 hour 45 minutes

Everyman's War

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Genres Military & War, Drama
Director Thad Smith
Starring Cole Carson, Eric Reid
Supporting actors Michael J. Prosser, Sean McGrath, Eric Martin Reid, Brian Julian, Lee Selmyhr, Stacie Scales, Brandon Smith, Mary Anne Ward, Kaylee Holmes, Terry Ward, Judd Eustice, Bruce M. Fischer, Kelly Jo Horton, Jessica Babcock, Glen Baggerly, Cecily Overman, Karen Reinan, Adam Walker
Studio Virgil Films and Entertainment
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
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The Effects of the movie was above good.
J. B. Barbour
This was the first time in my life that I turned off the movie when it had 15 minutes left...that's how bored and uninterested I was with the movie.
Book Hawk
The movie is filled with the emotion that these young men had in love and war, and as a true story, is especially meaningful.
JB

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By MsMarti on April 29, 2010
Format: DVD
I liked the plot, and I found it interesting how they followed people from very different walks of life as they came together on the transport ship on the way to the war. We started in the present day time frame, then went back to 1943-1945. They did a good job of melding the present with the past, it wasn't disjointed.

From a chance meeting in town, to a missed Sadie Hawkins dance, love began but the war pulled them apart. We watch as both SSG Don Smith and the girl he fell for begin to write letters to each other.

We see the importance of a letter from home, a picture of the family or girlfriend and the impact they have on the soldiers. You hear it in their voices when the talk turns to back home. I couldn't stop thinking about those letters. Hope was there, an anchor when all around them, all hell was breaking loose. I kept thinking, when was Smith going to finish and mail his letter? Would he wait too long? Would love be lost? Would he be killed before he could mail it?

For me, Everyman's War was interesting and I was thankful they didn't focus on what I call the gore aspect that so many war movies seem to be famous for. You most definitely saw the dead, wounded and dying, they just didn't fixate on them. You are there on the frontline of a critical battle as it takes place at Nennig Germany during the Battle of the Bulge.

I would recommend this movie! No, it isn't a big budget movie like Saving Private Ryan, but it has a great story line and they do a good job of bringing us with them to the front lines of WWII.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Noonie Fortin on May 17, 2010
Format: DVD
"Everyman's War" is just that! It is based on the true story of Staff Sergeant Don Smith and his group of infantrymen during the Battle of the Bulge in 1944. This movie follows the men of the 9/4 Infantry in the snowy mountains near Nennig, Germany. They were up against the German 11th Panzer "Ghost" division but Don's group stood their ground. Throughout the film each soldier was introduced along with a little about his life before the war. The film gave a personal feel for each man and the families they left behind. It also showed an update as to what became of them during the war as well as those who survived after the war. This film ranks among the best such as "Saving Private Ryan" and "Band of Brothers."
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Michael Dobey on June 14, 2010
Format: DVD
This movie is a excellent war movie. It's not the highest budget flick and it has many first time actors in it but it's better than some larger budget movies because it has a true story and alot of heart to relie on. The war wounds look convincing but you don't actually see men fly apart as a higher budget flick would show you.
But that's fine because you understand how bad war can be and how most men just want it to end eventually. That being said they are willing to stay and fight in what they believe in. The germans in this movie are depicted as human beings as well. In fact the main narrator runs into a german soldier who has lost everything and everyone. Which would be quite common for many germans , and other europeons as well in those days. Something we spoiled people of this century often don't try to grasp, destruction isn't a video game it has real consequencs. The movie is a salute to the 94 inf and they never lost ground and served under the great general Patton. And the film looks great on dvd , with no aritifacts or other problems.
This is a superior lower budget movie (but it's still well done enough that you won't notice) by any standards and it's done so well and it does have a emotional punch as the now ederly soldier pines for his long dead friends at the end.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By albarino on September 11, 2010
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This film is a layered story (WWII in France and Germany seen through a group of 4 - 5 GIs) that hangs together despite some shortcomings. These include uneven acting, though some performances are fine. The film seems shot with a hand-held camera so much of the story is taken close in. I thought this more or less worked, overcoming the forced acting that occurs here and there. But I did feel that the scenes tended to get a bit claustrophobic after awhile. Cinematic rhythm requires a balance of close-ups, mid- and long-shots to register with the viewer.

The script is solid, and does a good job in giving some humanity to the Germans when they appear, unlike the overpraised Saving Private Ryan which I felt became melodramatic and jingoistic in the second half. One of the more poignant scenes is the suicide of a devastated German infantryman at the end of the film. The director pulls back his camera to frame his fallen form and the helpless Sgt. Smith against a late afternoon lake. Thankfully, he holds us there, evoking honest emotion and compassion.

The combat scenes of EW are quite intense and chaotic -- quickly edited, and I found this to be an asset overall. It conveyed the rush and confusion of infantry combat.

Viewed at home, and for best effect, I recommend at least a 35 " screen with the volume set higher.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Wright on June 8, 2012
Format: Amazon Instant Video
As I read the other reviews on Amazon, I am amazed that so many seem to miss one basic fact about this movie. It is a true story about Don Smith - father of director, Thad Smith and writer, Craig Smith. That these men honor their father with this story from his life gives the effort so much credibility. The sappy love story of a GI whose girl waited for him, is indeed true. The combination of Smith's war record and his survival is as heart wrenching as it gets. The film had me in tears by its end. I am a student of WWII history and films. I found this movie to be one of the best. A true combination that merges so many important themes from the war.
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