Saints and Soldiers is a dramatic, intense and heroic WWII film about members of the Greatest Generation struggling to be both good men and good soldiers.
In-mid December 1944, while Hitler's Army blitzkriegs through the Ardennes Forest in Belgium. American sharpshooter Corporal Nathan Greer, known as Deacon, finds himself held captive with over one hundred other American Soldiers in a snow covered-field.
As panic and confusion ensue the German soldiers open fire on the American Prisoners, in the historical event now known as the Malmedy Massacre. Greer, his friend Gordon Gunderson and a handful of others escape the massacre by hiding in the nearby woods.
The small band of soldiers come across a stranded British intelligence officer with valuable information to be delivered to the Allied forces, further upping the stakes of their already dangerous situation.
With few weapons, no food and strained camaraderie, this tiny band must take on the unforgiving winter to fight their way back to Allied occupied territory.
In addition to winning 14 Best Picture Awards at film festivals nationwide, critics and audiences have showered Saints and Soldiers with praise, making it one of the most acclaimed films of 2004.
- Blu-ray Bonus Features:
- 3 NEW audio commentaries
- Region: 1
- Run Time: 90 minutes
- Rating: PG-13
- Closed Caption: for the hearing impaired
About the Authors
EXCEL ENTERTAINMENT is the preeminent independent film distribution company in Utah, and though largely known for its Mormon-themed films (God’s Army, The Work & the Glory series, 17 Miracles, Pride & Prejudice, etc.), Excel has also had success releasing films with non-Mormon themes and stories (Forever Strong, Saints & Soldiers, etc.).
Although the technology and means by which audiences consume films is changing rapidly, the demand for highly creative storytelling that motivates us to live up to the light that each of us has been given is as high as ever. We feel a deep obligation to not only bring stories of hope to the world, but to promote films with high standards of craftsmanship reflective of a belief in a divine and benevolent creator.
by Pauline - reviewed on October 02, 2008
Although I am not a fan of war movies due to the crude language and violence, I enjoyed watching this movie. I purchased it after seeing a making of the film clip between conference sessions. The characters were compelling and the music added to the feel of the movie. I would recommend it.
by Whitney - reviewed on December 03, 2007
I loved this movie! I watched it to see Kirby Heyborne and at the end of the movie I was like, 'was he even in it?' He did a great job acting in a completely different character!
Not just a movie about war - the real message is love
by Ramona - reviewed on January 28, 2009
Saints and Soldiers is one of the very best LDS-made movies I've seen so far but not one that I would recommend for young children, although 8 and up might be fine. The realities of war are definitely there, excluding vulgarity and nudity. The music, drama, and acting are all well done and not cheesy or patty-cake like some previous LDS movies. It introduces the theme of LDS men serving opposing sides of war and the brotherhood that can cross the lines of the battlefield. But to me, the real impact of this movie comes as it does in all great moments, when an individual rises above himself to save another - something akin to the atonement. The particular soul worth saving provides yet another layer to this message of love - something that really made me think and feel. Very well done!!!
by Chris - reviewed on May 14, 2007
I'm not one for war movies but this is a show that transcends genre and explores the core of the gospel and humanity. Easily one of the best LDS movies I have seen so far. Spiritual without being smarmy or preachy. For fans of high quality drama this movie is a must see.
by Customer - reviewed on November 14, 2008
I highly recommend this movie. Very well done in all aspects and entertaining as well.
by Customer - reviewed on October 08, 2007
This is a powerful film about living/upholding your values in a way that is not preachy. The music is incredible and perfect. , A must see for an LDS type movie.
by Customer - reviewed on October 15, 2005
Ryan Little is an amazing director. He did a great job with a shoe string budget. Kirby is really funny in this movie. My mom cried in the film. I may have >
A most incredible movie
by johnii - reviewed on November 26, 2005
This is the best 'war movie' i've ever seen, without the vularity that accompanies most others, and it's message of love and forgiveness is unparalleled and unforgettable. The production of this movie is masterful. This movie should be
Great heroic movie.
by James - reviewed on March 05, 2006
This movie was great. I love war time heroic movies, even when I know the heroes will probably die in the end. The portrayal of the LDS character as an average Joe, keeping his standards in a war zone, but not doing so in a preachy, chest beating way was well done. All the characters were well done. My only complaint was that it was too short. But, then I love long movies.
Borrow it First
by Laura - reviewed on May 08, 2006
I enjoyed the film and the story it conveyed about the life of a group of soldiers in WWII. However, I was a bit disturbed about the level of violence shown for a PG-13 rating. The eerie music in some scenes also contributed to the movie making me feel uncomfortable. I bought this movie due to the other reviews on this site and was quite disappointed with the hipe that the other reviews created. If you want to see it, borrow it from the video store as it is not a movie that I could see many people regularly watching.
well done movie
by Monica - reviewed on October 22, 2008
This is a good drama and it is done very well that it seems like you're watching a non-Mormon movie. A very moving story.
Uplifting & Powerful
by Mark - reviewed on July 22, 2007
This was a wonderful movie. Even though, the writers' toned down the actual event (from the directors' commentary), it was very uplifting in terms of what our Heavenly Father can do to protect the righteous even when they are following unrighteous leaders. It was also uplifting to see Church members living their religion in the midst of battle and being Christ-like to an 'enemy' that was a member of the Church.
by Carol - reviewed on January 28, 2009
This is one of my all-time favorite movies! I saw it in the theater in Plano, Texas when it first came out and I was impressed!
by John - reviewed on September 10, 2008
Saints and Soldiers is an amazing film--great cinematography, great acting, and a great story. It is amazing that these filmmakers were able to do so much with such a small budget.
by Customer - reviewed on October 15, 2008
this movie suprised me. i was not sure that i would like it. i don't really like war movies. i loved this movie.
by Nanette - reviewed on September 23, 2008
Great movie! The 'LDS theme' of the movie was not over-powering. It perfectly fit faith into the story. It is very easily a great film on it's own merits. The filming is great, and it's touching to see the struggle that the characters go through. A must own.
by Customer - reviewed on September 25, 2008
This was such an enjoyable movie. It was not overly powered by an LDS theme and what it did have was quite limited and pretty discreet. The movie is intense and has some pretty funny humor within it as well. All around, one I would recommend.
by Customer - reviewed on September 30, 2008
This is a good Daddy movie.
by Rachel - reviewed on September 21, 2008
I just bought this movie for my brother for his birthday. I am sooo excited for it. I have read many great reviews on it and hopefully, will soon be able to write my own after watching it and give it a full 5 stars!- I can't wait!
by Alyssa - reviewed on September 19, 2008
I don't like war movies, but this one really made me think. I loved it!
Very good movie
by Paulo - reviewed on September 19, 2008
This movie shows you can have an action movie without swearing or dirty scenes. A great story.
by Cory - reviewed on September 19, 2008
This movie is so touching and haunting at the same time. Very worth seeing!!!
by Customer - reviewed on September 19, 2008
by carmen - reviewed on September 20, 2008
this is just a great movie. very well done. a must have for your collection!
A must have for those who like independent drama movies.
by Morgan - reviewed on September 22, 2008
This movie was ahead of the pack in popular independent drama / comedy movies of today. It is well made and follows an easy to follow plot line. It allows you to put yourself in the place of various characters and enjoy the lessons shared. 5 Stars!
best lds war movie ever made!
by Joseph - reviewed on September 29, 2008
lets face it lds people don't normaly make war movies but this tops the chart
by Joshua - reviewed on October 02, 2008
I enjoyed this movie a lot. It showed the awfulness of war. I would recommend this to anyone.
Great film for husband and wife but not kids
by sarah - reviewed on October 01, 2008
Awesome movie. My husband and i have enjoyed adding this to our limited collection. It has action, drama, and a moral. Though I would add that this is not one we watch with our kids. There are scenes of intense situations and the like.
YOU HAVE TO LOVE THIS MOVIE!
by Robert - reviewed on January 28, 2009
This is a 10 star event! It was based on actual events and I could see no acting in this movie. These guys, and 2 girls, make you feel that you are truly watching a real, live, event as it is happening. The sound track is also very well done. In surround sound you can hear the bullets whizz by. GREAT JOB all around and I don’t care if you are a man, woman, or child, it will bring tears to your eyes!