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My Christmas Soldier

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Product Description

A small Georgia town struggles with the rationing and sacrifices of America at war. Christmas is no exception as 11-year-old Gordy (Aidan Rogers) and his sister Priscilla (Emily Jordan) sense a fear in the train station where they await their father's homecoming. Propaganda posters and tense audlt talk drive home the evil of the enemy.

When a train loaded with German prisoners arrives in the station, Gordy's curiosity is stronger than his fear. He dares to approach the prison train and makes contact with a young German soldier named Hans (Silvio Wolf Busch). Through the courage to trust and the song "Silent Night", friends and foes learn the true meaning of Peace on Earth, Goodwill Towards Men, and hearts are forever changed.

Narrated by Mac Powell of THIRD DAY

Review

This is a powerful film, bringing some separate true facts together to make one single story. The film is set during World War ll, just two years into the war. Some German soldiers are shipped by train to Georgia, and at the station families are waiting for their loved ones, American soldiers, to arrive home by train. It is Christmas Eve and the German soldiers are hungry as they wait in the boxcar, and a young boy, Gordy, waiting for his father's arrival, manages to steal some sandwiches and get some hot coa coa to a couple of the soldiers. One of them, named Hans, gives the boy his cross medal as a token of thanks for his kindness. The boy gives the German soldier a toy soldier his father had given him. Hans tells him, "Sometimes even enemies can be friends, huh?" Despite the crankiness of several people who don't want the soldiers there, when the German soldiers begin singing "Silent Night," in German, the Americans reply by singing "Silent Night" in English. This miracle of a bridge of sorts between two warring nations is nicely done and touching.

This story is very well written by Mauriel Joslyn, and the film coasts along quickly. The human elements are touching and the director, Owen Smith, managed to convey a lot in a short amount of time as this movie runs only 37 minutes. Every nation should see this film! It is a film of hope, and a perfect Christmas story. --The Dove Foundation

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Product Details

  • Actors: Mac Powell, Aidan Rogers, Emily Jordan, Cheri Christian
  • Directors: Owen Smith
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    G
    General Audience
  • Studio: Dogwood Motion Picture Company
  • DVD Release Date: September 9, 2008
  • Run Time: 36 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000JMJY42
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #159,176 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Mary V. Dunkerly on October 28, 2006
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MY CHRISTMAS SOLDIER is a heartwarming story of the true meaning of Christmas as seen through the eyes of a child. Despite language barriers, the threat of "evil enemies" and the paranoia surrounding war-time America, a young boy is able to reach out and find common ground and humanity in a group of strangers desperately in need of solace on Christmas Eve. Superb performances and riveting story-telling. A wonderful Christmas gift for adults and children alike.
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Well written, although short. In 36 minutes, you see a dramatization of what actually took place in towns that held Nazi POW camps around the USA in 1943. The writer bases "My Christmas Soldier" on real events, but fictitious characters, to present this story of war, emotional struggles, and the compassion that can erupt in the midst of distrust. And from the action of children.
SUBTITLES available.

The cast is not composed of stars; however they do a professional portrayal of the 40s period people. A Georgia train station is filled with locals, some awaiting returning US soldiers on Christmas Eve. Delays are forced as a train boxcar load of Nazi prisoners needs transferred to improved traveling arrangements. Locals sit and debate the desire/displeasure of having the enemy at their door. One young boy and younger sister (Emily Jordan-4 Sugar Creek Gang films gives her as much acting experience as any cast member) discover an English speaking prisoner, Hans, and trade food through a boxcar window. In the short time period of the movie, a relationship is formed, along with an understanding of the human side of war and enemy soldiers. Outcome is resultant of a Christmas carol. It's touching, and according to the writer, almost all true, based on research, except names.

It's historical, it's the Christmas spirit, it is safe for the entire family. Family approved by The Dove Foundation.

The bonus features make this film short worth the expense.
53 min. "Documentary: Journey to America", a factual history of what took place as the German POWs were sent to America, told through a real German POW.
17 min. "German POWs at Camp Shelby, a real POW camp and that history is presented by the Armed Forces Museum Director.
6 min.
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The viewer is presented with a touching friendship between two American children and German POW'S (far from home on Christmas Eve, 1943). They meet by chance at a railroad station. This wonderful film is truly for everyone of all ages.

An added bonus is an interview with a real German POW who chose to live in America after the war. Very few people are familiar with this side of American history.
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Here's an inspiring little movie showing that even in times when hatred and fear are rampant, with open hearts and open minds even enemies can come together, heal together. Something we need to remember in these tumultuous times.
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I first heard about this movie when talking with my late high school German teacher. He often talked about how he was in a few movies. It wasn't until after him and his wife passed away that I went onto Amazon and purchased the movie. It is such a touching story with a wonderful message! I would recommend this movie to ANYONE! It is uplifting to watch this movie and know a few people who are in it! :)
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I thought this was a very heart-warming story. It is short and will keep the attention of a young audience. I highly recommend this for 'movie night' with the kids!
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Could have been a good show but, it was way too short! About two children befriending a German POW on a train in the south during WWII, it stops short of possible being worth watching. Would not recommended.

Bruce
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I would highly recommend this movie! It is one that you could watch each year at Christmas and come away feeling good about it.
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