The Ritchie Boys

Overview

An aging group of European refugees that was recruited to aid the Allied cause and fight the Nazis discuss their experiences both on and off the battlefield in director Christian Bauer's affectionate tribute to the unsung heroes of World War II. The year was 1941, and Europeans desperate to escape the horrors of fascism began flooding into the U.S. in unprecedented numbers. Though at first considered security risks by a skeptical U.S. government, a number of these newly arrived émigrés were eventually recruited ...
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Overview

An aging group of European refugees that was recruited to aid the Allied cause and fight the Nazis discuss their experiences both on and off the battlefield in director Christian Bauer's affectionate tribute to the unsung heroes of World War II. The year was 1941, and Europeans desperate to escape the horrors of fascism began flooding into the U.S. in unprecedented numbers. Though at first considered security risks by a skeptical U.S. government, a number of these newly arrived émigrés were eventually recruited by the military to help Allied forces loosen Hitler's tyrannical grip in Europe. Trained in everything from interrogation to assassination, these soldiers had the language skills and mentality needed to gain an advantage over the relentless Nazi death machine. Though they would play a key role in Normandy on D-Day and fight tenaciously in the Battle of the Bulge, these quiet heroes remained eternal outcasts in the American military thanks to their European heritage, and often choose to let their actions speak for themselves rather than boasting of their efforts. Despite their preference for silence there are times when the story needs to be told. Now, as these valiant souls peer into the twilight of their waning days, they can finally share their victory with the rest of the world.
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Special Features

Individual war stories; Filmmaker biography
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/20/2007
  • UPC: 767685981832
  • Original Release: 2003
  • Source: Docurama
  • Presentation: B&W
  • Time: 1:30:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 35,367

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Werner Angress Participant
Victor Brombert Participant
Philip Glaessner Participant
Frederic Howard Participant
Si Lewen Participant
Morris Parloff Participant
Rudolf Michaels Participant
Richard Schifter Participant
Hans Spear Participant
Guy Stern Participant
Michael Hanrahan Voice Only
Technical Credits
Christian Bauer Director, Executive Producer, Producer, Screenwriter
Dagmar Biller Producer
Aaron Davis Score Composer
Paul Germann Sound Editor
Dave Kazala Editor
John Lang Score Composer
Dietrich Mangold Cinematographer
Patricia Phillips Executive Producer
Harald Stuckmann Sound/Sound Designer
Sebastian Wagner Sound/Sound Designer
Anna Zoellner Asst. Director
Donna Zuckerbrot Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Ritchie Boys
1. Coming to Ritchie [9:51]
2. Training [8:02]
3. Preparing For D-Day [8:08]
4. In France [8:37]
5. Waiting For Paris [9:52]
6. We Were So Lucky [8:40]
7. A War of Words [7:03]
8. The Battle of the Bulge [9:32]
9. Back in Germany [8:35]
10. The Camps [7:38]
11. Farewell to Ritchie [4:23]
12. Hitler's Latrine Orderly/Credits [2:11]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Ritchie Boys
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   Scenes
   Extras
      Bonus Scenes - 43min
         Play All - 43min
         A Funny Incident - 2min
         Six Hours of Bombing - 1min
         The Lost Platoon - 2min
         Captain Wolf's Shoes - 1min
         Haystacks in France - 1min
         Germans Surrender - 2min
         Marlene Dietrich - 2min
         The Suspicious Mon - 2min
         My Bronze Star - 5min
         The Body Factory - 2min
         A Strange Encounter - 4min
         More Guts Than Brains - 2min
         Paris - 1min
         A Family in Fear - 3min
         New York Jews - 1min
         A Friendly German - 1min
         How to Capture a City - 2min
         A Successful Interrogation - 3min
         The Spy - 2min
         The Effects of War - 4min
      Filmmaker Bio
      About Docurama Films
      Docurama Trailers
         Bob Dylan - Dont Look Back
         The Weather - Underground
         Andy Goldsworthy - Rivers and Tides
         The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill
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