When Trumpets Fade details
|Starring:||Zac Orth, Ron Eldard, Frank Whaley|
When Trumpets Fade
|Run time:||1 hour 32 minutes|
|Rental release:||24 Sep 2007|
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Hard-edged war filmBy Gareth from Stockport , 23 Feb 2005
[Highly rated reviewer]When someone makes a war film about an important battle or front that history has almost forgot I always applaud it. The Battle of Hurtgen Forest on the Belgian/German border took place immediately before the German Ardennes Offensive in Winter 1944, the so-called Battle of the Bulge, last gasp German push of the war. For this reason it has been overshadowed although the American army suffered over 20,000 casualties during the battle. As the American army try to break through the German Siegfried line they face enormous, desperate German opposition. When Trumpets Fade is centred around a Private known for his 'yellow steak' but as the film progresses his unfaltering desire just to survive whatever the cost, he becomes the reluctant hero embarking on daring raids with a unit of raw replacements. This is a tragic film, although for a HBO movie the effects and the cinematography are superb. My only real problem with this is it fails to portray the sheer scale of the battlefield leaving you feeling that it was just a couple of hundred men against a few German artillary guns and tanks. However if you enjoy war films that bring a different edge to the craft then this is good choice.
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Point of orderBy a customer , 29 Oct 2011Call this a preview as I haven't even seen the film yet (just added it to my list) and thought I'd check out the reviews.
Your reviewer Garyl says 'There is an element of cashing in on the success of Saving Private Ryan and Band of Brothers here'. Just to point out that SPR came out the same year (1998) and BOB is credited by IMDB as being released in 2001. Who is cashing in on who ?
Good but Short!By Jasonwsm (11 reviews) from westonsupermare , 15 Jul 2011A good portrayal of a part of the war that gets little coverage. Some scenes would have benefitted to have been a bit longer as seemed rushed at times.
Looks dated now.By a customer from OXON , 13 Jun 2011There have been quite a few films about the post D-Day battles that this one seems quite dated now. It plodded on quite happily but there are better 'action films' about this period now. Worth a look though.
WednesdayNight FilmBy Ntassoolla (17 reviews) , 24 May 2011Deals with rarely mentioned issues of conscript soldiering.
And unlike many American war films it takes a risk and refuses to sanitise.
Average WarBy GaryI (785 reviews) from March, Cambs , 12 Jan 2011There is an element of cashing in on the success of Saving private Ryan and Band of Brothers here. This is an average war film, complete with gory bodies and depiction of wounds.
Its not deep or long enough to make you care about anyone in the story, but its all presented as you'd expect and if you like war films, then its worth a look.