When Trumpets Fade

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Overview

John Irvin directed this gripping and effective WWII drama set amid the carnage and slaughter of the Hurtgen Forest battle when the Allies moved on toward Germany in the fall of 1944. Private Manning Ron Eldard hopes for a Section 8 switch away from the frontline combat, but when he's the only survivor of his platoon, Captain Pritchett Martin Donovan is so impressed he upgrades Manning to sergeant. This irritates Sgt. Talbot Dylan Bruno who views Manning as a coward. Manning is put in charge of a group of awkward...
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Overview

John Irvin directed this gripping and effective WWII drama set amid the carnage and slaughter of the Hurtgen Forest battle when the Allies moved on toward Germany in the fall of 1944. Private Manning Ron Eldard hopes for a Section 8 switch away from the frontline combat, but when he's the only survivor of his platoon, Captain Pritchett Martin Donovan is so impressed he upgrades Manning to sergeant. This irritates Sgt. Talbot Dylan Bruno who views Manning as a coward. Manning is put in charge of a group of awkward recruits, including the clumsy Sanderson Zak Orth, as the Allies prepare to take a key location, a well-defended bridge. Shown at the 1998 Seattle Film Festival, this television production had its HBO premiere on June 27, 1998.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/30/2013
  • UPC: 883316791677
  • Original Release: 1998
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  • Source: Hbo Archives
  • Presentation: Full Frame
  • Time: 1:32:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 35,167

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ron Eldard Manning
Zak Orth Sanderson
Frank Whaley Chamberlain
Dylan Bruno Sgt. Talbot
Martin Donovan Capt. Pritchett
Timothy Olyphant Lt. Lukas
Dan Futterman Depsin
Dwight Yoakam Lt. Colonel
Devon Gummersall
Steven Petrarca
Jeffrey Donovan
Bobby Cannavale
Frank Kobe
Andras Stohl
Matthew Ruston Cooney
Technical Credits
John Irvin Director
Istvan Balogh Set Decoration/Design
Michelangelo Bolla Asst. Director
Zsuzsa Borvendeg Art Director
Geoffrey Burgon Score Composer
Thomas Burstyn Cinematographer
Ian Crafford Editor
David R. Ginsburg Executive Producer
Judy Hofflund Executive Producer
Gyorgy Hommonay Costumes/Costume Designer
John Kemeny Producer
Mindy Marin Casting
Gavin Polone Executive Producer
Laszlo Rajk Production Designer
Brian Simmons Sound/Sound Designer
W.W. Vought Screenwriter
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One Of the Worst War Films Ever Made!

    A movie about the battle of Hurtigen Forrest in the closing year of WWII. A battle left in obscurity because it represented America's highest casualties in any battle during WWII and clearly the poorest leadership. A lofty subject but a pitiful attempt with so many flaws that it's hard to know where to begin. This by far has to be one of the worst war movies out there. In addition to the mediocre script, the acting and directing is abysmal. The characters sound more like they were drafted in the Vietnam War than as WWII G.I.s. The idioms, mannerisms, and expressions are so far from reflecting the values of the 1930s/1940s that it's laughable. The costumes and stage are equally poor. The soldiers walk and stand around without care right on the front lines in the heat of batlle; flame throwers are composed of fire hoses; Germans leave their heavy artillery in front of the infantry; and the list goes on. No one on this film seems to have consulted even a detailed history book to get their facts straight on anything about WWII. I originally received this movie as a promotional item; I watched it once and gave it away in disgust. One star is too kind a rating for such a pitiful film. Shun this film like the plague!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great movie

    When trumpets fade is one of my favorite war movies of all time it goes in depth when explainig different techniques and things used during the war I truly give it 4 stars

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An unexpected excellent movie

    My wife rented ''When Trumpets Fade'' for me since I am a WW2 buff. It was an excellent movie and I had to dig into the history of this series of events. Every bit as excellent as SPR. We really owe our WW2 vets a lot. God Bless them. Warren

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Cosmic Adventure Mixed With Gritty Legal Discourse

    Not since Barbara Streisand's Yentel has a director captured the relentless inner turmoil of battle in a world gone mad. This is art. This is war. This is like someone took everything bad out of Harlem and added everything good from Danny Devito's performance in Taxi and mixed it with Yentel. This movie tugs at not only the bowels, but your very soul.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This movie is fantastic!

    ''When Trumpets Fade'' is on the same plane as ''The Thin Red Line'' and ''Platoon'', showing us the brutality of combat and the crimes that ensue. This movie is very hard to watch, the story fraught with death and insanity, but still protrays it's message rather plainly: ''World War II wasn't glorious or 'fun', it was hell.'' This movie prods at the deepest human emotions and brings them to the surface to be seen by all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Good, but not SPR!

    I have seen both Saving Private Ryan as well as When Trumpets Fade, and this film, while good, is not quite as good as SPR. I view myself as a historian and a critic of authenticity, and this was a very close call on all accounts. Great cinematics and special effects. Mediocre acting. A must for anyone who enjoys WWII-era films.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Better than ''Saving Private Ryan''

    Late one night during a business trip, I was ready to go to sleep at my hotel when I flipped through the TV channels and came across ''When Trumpets Fade.'' The movie, which had just started, was captivating. Years before ''Saving Private Ryan'' was released, this film ushered in the era of World War II realism in which war is portrayed in all of its heartache, confusion and brutality. Excellent acting and very well filmed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ONE OF THE BEST WW2 MOVIES...

    If you likes Saveing Pvt. Ryan you'll love this !!

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