When Trumpets Fade war movie
When Trumpets Fade war movie

When Trumpets Fade (1998, United States)

Categories: infantry moviesreconnaissance movies

Running time: 90 minutes

Language: English


David Manning, a private in American army is one of the few people who survived another attack through Hürtgen Forest. He lost all the hope for the future, doesn’t want to take any risks - all he thinks of is to keep his head low and just stay alive. But due to heavy loses the officers wants him to take over a platoon of fresh men and lead them on patrols. Reluctant Manning is forced to take care of completely green soldiers and to keep them alive during the action.

The quote "Heroes are born when bullets fly, when the earth explodes, when cannons roar, When Trumpets Fade" describes the content of this film. We see average soldiers put in front of impossible task - attacking well prepared German positions in a middle of dense forest. Their morale is sinking each time they make another push are suffer heavy losses. The protagonist is a worn-out G.I. that just doesn’t care anymore, he just wants to survive. But after another patrol he realizes that all the other men around him wants the same thing and someone has to take the risk in order for the rest to survive.

The film tells the story of one of the longest and most horrible battles of World War 2, but mostly forgotten due to fact that it was followed by much more spectacular Battle of the Bulge. Battle of Hürtgen Forest brings to mind many World War 1 battles at western front - series of attacks on well prepared lines defended by machine guns and artillery. American army lost over 25.000 men and didn’t make any significant progress.

Film is on one hand realistic view on life of American soldiers amongst fog and mud in forest where they can’t be safe anywhere. But on the other hand the whole production was rather cheap (f.e. scene where officers lean over an army map that looks like a boardgame board) and some parts of the script seems like taken out of Disney movie. This movie is important, because it tells the story of bloody and forgotten battle of World War 2, but it could have been better.




Our rating

6.4

Film value

6 / 10

Realism factor

3 / 5

Adventure factor

3 / 5

Historical accuracy

4 / 5



When Trumpets Fade full movie


full movie When Trumpets Fade on DVD


Creators of When Trumpets Fade

John Irvin movies

John Irvin

director


William W. Vought movies


Cast of When Trumpets Fade

Ron Eldard movies ron-eldard

Ron Eldard

as Pvt. David Manning


Zak Orth movies zak-orth

Zak Orth

as Warren Sanderson


Frank Whaley movies frank-whaley

Frank Whaley

as Medic Chamberlain


Dylan Bruno movies dylan-bruno

Dylan Bruno

as Sgt. Patrick Talbot


Devon Gummersall movies devon-gummersall

Dan Futterman movies dan-futterman

Dan Futterman

as Doug Despin


Dwight Yoakam movies dwight-yoakam

Dwight Yoakam

as Lieutenant Colonel


Martin Donovan movies martin-donovan

Martin Donovan

as Capt. Roy Pritchett


Timothy Olyphant movies timothy-olyphant

Timothy Olyphant

as Lt. Lukas


add comment

Comment below







Events depicted in When Trumpets Fade

World War II (1936-1945) Battle of Huertgen Forest (19 Sep 1944)





When Trumpets Fade war movie © 2013-2017 War Movies Info

Google+ profile war films ww2 movies Kriegsfilme filmy wojenne war movies blog political movies