Dead & Breakfast
Dead & Breakfast is a 2004 musical zombie comedy film directed by Matthew Leutwyler starring Ever Carradine, Gina Philips, Erik Palladino, Bianca Lawson, Jeremy Sisto and Oz Perkins. The film premiered at The South By Southwest Film Festival and went on to win over a dozen awards and was nominated for a Saturn Award. Six friends, David, Johnny and Melody, are traveling in an R. V. to get to the wedding of their friend, Kelly, in Texas. However they become lost in a small town called Lovelock, decide to spend the night at the local bed and breakfast, owned by the creepy Mr. Wise. While staying, the group insult the chef, causing an argument to break out. After everyone goes to bed, David goes to the kitchen to get a snack, only to discover Henri brutally murdered, before Mr Wise suffers a heart attack. With the phone line broken it takes until morning for the Sheriff, his Deputy, Enus, to be summoned for help; the Sheriff is quick to suspect the group, takes the keys to the R. V. away, so they can not leave the town until the investigation is over.
The group goes into town, while the Sheriff arrests a mysterious drifter, who becomes the prime suspect. The drifter warns Christian and Sara of ancient exotic wooden box, that Sara realizes belongs to Mr Wise; however it is too late, as Johnny arrives back at the bed and breakfast and opens the box, unleashing the "Kuman Thong" which possesses him, causing him to savagely murder various people. Meanwhile and Sara meet town local Lisa Belmont who swears she saw Mr Wise dig up the body of his dead son and perform a form of black magic on the body. Sara and Christian discover Johnny has opened the box. Sara and Christian alert the Sheriff, who drives them to a local party, that David and Melody are attending with the rest of the town folk; the possessed Johnny arrives and a bloody massacre ensues, with the town folk, including Enus, becoming zombies as Johnny puts various body parts of his victims in the box. In the chaos, Christian is decapitated as David, Kate and Melody escape with the Sheriff in a truck.
They accidentally run over the drifter, knocking him unconscious after he escapes from his prison cell. Taking him with them, the radiator soon blows in the truck, forcing the group to take shelter in the bed and breakfast, they gather weapons, before the drifter tells them they must retrieve the body of Mr Wise to kill Johnny. The zombies arrive at the bed and breakfast and the group fend them off, before the Sheriff and the drifter sneak out the back door to retrieve the bones of Mr Wise. At the bed and breakfast, the zombies retrieve some of David's blood, on the step of the house, placing it in the box causing him to become possessed. David beats Kate before attacking Sara; however Sara manages to kill David with a chainsaw. At the cemetery, the Sheriff and the drifter retrieve the body of Mr Wise and perform a black magic spell, taking the bones from the body; as they travel to the bed and breakfast they encounter a group of zombies. The Sheriff has his neck snapped, killing him, before Lisa arrives and rescues the drifter and Melody, who continue on to the bed and breakfast.
Meanwhile, at the bed and breakfast, the zombies break in. Sara is soon cornered; the drifter, Melody arrive outside, where Melody shoots Johnny through the heart with a bone from the body of Mr Wise, killing him and the other zombies. Sara reunites with Melody and the drifter, together they leave Lovelock in their R. V. Jeremy Sisto as Christian Erik Palladino as David Bianca Lawson as Kate Oz Perkins as Johnny Ever Carradine as Sara Gina Philips as Melody Zach Selwyn as Randall Keith Randall Miranda Bailey as Lisa Belmont Brent David Fraser as The Drifter Diedrich Bader as Chef Henri David Carradine as Mr Wise Jeffrey Dean Morgan as The Sheriff Mark Kelly as Enus Portia de Rossi as Kelly Evan Helmuth as The Bass Player Dead & Breakfast debuted on March 2004 at the SXSW Film Festival and opened in other film festivals on the dates given below. Rotten Tomatoes, a review aggregator, reports that 50% of 18 surveyed critics gave the film a positive rating. Metacritic rated it 34/100 based on seven reviews.
Dennis Harvey of Variety compared it negatively to The Evil Dead and Braindead, which he said had more wit mixed in with their splatter. In a negative review, Anita Gates of The New York Times wrote, "Clearly Mr. Leutwyler was going for parody, but the film doesn't come close." Time Out New York wrote. Michael Atkinson of The Village Voice wrote, " The blood is raspberry syrup, the gags gag, the film falls over itself informing us how lame it is." Maitland McDonagh of TV Guide rate it 2/4 stars and called it "a goofball gore picture with aspirations to cult status", "extremely uneven". Nathan Rabin of The A. V. Club wrote, "Writer-director Matthew Leutwyler keeps tongue planted in cheek throughout, but the film's attempts at humor sputter." Eric Campos of Film Threat rated it 3.5/5 stars and wrote that the "goofball comedy" and "stellar gore" are reminiscent of Peter Jackson's early films. Joshua Siebalt of Dread Central rated it 3.5/5 stars and said that it would become a cult film among horror fans that understand it.
Reviewing the film on DVD, Steve Barton of Dread Central, rated it 4/5 stars and wrote, "It's clever and ultra-violent. Beyond Hollywood wrote, "It’s a very silly movie that just happens to be insanely funny and creative." Mike Snoonian of Brutal as Hell wrote that although it is not as funny as Shaun of the Dead, it is still underrated. Mac M
Do Me A Favor (film)
Do Me A Favor is a 1997 American film directed by Sondra Locke starring Rosanna Arquette. Lincoln Muller's life turns upside down when he ask an attractive woman to buy him a beer at a convenience store, he learns that both she and her abusive boy friend are into crime and violence, Lincoln has been sucked in whether he likes it or not. Rosanna Arquette as Alex Langley George Dzundza as Wallace Muller Devon Gummersall as Lincoln Muller Julie Ariola as Judy Muller Frances Fisher as Librarian Jason Hervey as Andy Craig Nigh as Bobby Duke Valenti as Biker Chad Lowe as Marty Saachiko as Rosie Rolando Molina as Hector Marty McSorley as Bouncer Paul Herman as Bartender Alanna Ubach as Christy Richard Riehle as Highway Patrolman Peter Greene as Teddy Do Me A Favor on IMDb Do Me A Favor at Rotten Tomatoes Do Me a Favor at TCM Do Me a Favor at Film Affinity Do Me a Favor at LetterBox D
Lili Anne Taylor is an American actress notable for her appearances in such award-winning indie films as Mystic Pizza, Say Anything... Dogfight, Short Cuts and I Shot Andy Warhol, as well as several big-budget films such as Ransom, The Haunting, The Conjuring, Public Enemies and Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials. In television, she has starred in Six Feet Under, Hemlock Grove, Almost Human and both seasons of the anthology series American Crime. Taylor, the fifth of six children, was born in Glencoe, Illinois, a north suburb of Chicago, to Marie and George Park Taylor, an artist and hardware store operator, she grew up in a "warm family environment", has described herself as being "a bit of a searcher" during her childhood. She graduated from New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois in 1985. Thereafter, she attended The Theatre School at the Piven Theatre Workshop. Taylor has appeared in dozens of films since 1988, including Dogfight, Mystic Pizza, Rudy, her work has been in independent films and theater.
She played the role of Lisa Kimmel Fisher in the HBO drama Six Feet Under for which she was nominated for an Emmy Award. Taylor played supporting roles in Mystic Pizza and Say Anything.... She starred in Dogfight directed by Nancy Savoca, in which she played an unattractive young woman, taken to a cruel contest by a Marine under the pretense of a date. In 1991, she plays Grace, the witty and romantic step-daughter of Faye Dunaway, in the poetic Arizona Dream, directed by Emir Kusturica, co-starring Johnny Depp and Jerry Lewis. In 1993 too, she re-teamed with Savoca for Household Saints. Director Robert Altman hired Taylor in 1993 for his epic Los Angeles drama Short Cuts, in which Taylor shared scenes with Lily Tomlin. Taylor portrayed Valerie Solanas in Mary Harron's I Shot Andy Warhol; the same year, she co-starred in Girls Town with Bruklin Harris and Aunjanue Ellis, where three inner-city friends dealt with a friend's suicide, in Ransom, as caterer who helps her corrupt policeman boyfriend kidnap a rich man's son.
In 1998 she appeared in the X-Files episode "Mind's Eye", was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series. The same year, she appeared in John Waters' film Pecker, alongside Edward Furlong, Christina Ricci and Mary Kay Place. In 1999, Taylor starred in Jan de Bont's remake of The Haunting. In 2001, Taylor appeared in the independent feature Julie Johnson; the film, co-starring Courtney Love, centered on a Long Island mother and housewife who leaves her husband to pursue her dream of studying science. In early 2004, Taylor made her New York City stage debut in Wallace Shawn's Aunt Dan and Lemon in the role of Lemon. Taylor won the 2005 Best Actress award at the Copenhagen International Film Festival for her role in Factotum. In 2006, Taylor worked again with Mary Harron in The Notorious Bettie Page. Taylor starred in the Lifetime cable network's hour-long comedy-drama series State of Mind, as a New Haven therapist dealing with a divorce and a parade of quirky clients.
She played the daughter of Frank Langella's character in Andrew Wagner's 2007 drama Starting Out in the Evening. In the 2008 film The Promotion, Taylor played Lori Wehlner, the wife of John C. Reilly's character. In 2009, Taylor played Sheriff Lillian Holley of Lake County, who incarcerates John Dillinger, in Michael Mann's Public Enemies. In 2011, Fence Books released Taylor's audio recording of poet Ariana Reines' Save The World. In 2014 she starred alongside Chloë Grace Moretz in the off-Broadway play The Library directed by Steven Soderbergh. In 2015, Taylor co-starred in Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, as Dr. Mary Cooper, "a doctor who helps Thomas and his fellow Gladers". Filming began at the end of October, the movie was released on September 18, 2015. Taylor is married to writer Nick Flynn, with whom she has Maeve Taylor-Flynn. Taylor is an activist for conservation issues those having to do with birds, she sits on the boards of both National Audubon Society. She introduced Louise Post and Nina Gordon, founding members of 1990s alternative band Veruca Salt, at a party in Chicago in 1993.
Taylor is a three-time Primetime Emmy Award nominee. Recognized for her extensive work in American independent film, she has been nominated for four Independent Spirit Awards, winning Best Supporting Female for her performance in Household Saints, she was nominated for Best Female Lead for Bright Angel and The Addiction, again for Best Supporting Female for Girls Town. In 1996, she received a Special Recognition award from the Sundance Film Festival for her performance in Mary Harron's I Shot Andy Warhol, in which she portrayed Valerie Solanas. Ten years in 2006, she was honored with the Excellence in Acting Award at the Provincetown International Film Festival. Lili Taylor on IMDb Lili Taylor at the Internet Broadway Database Lili Taylor at the Internet Off-Broadway Database
Annabella Gloria Philomena Sciorra is an American actress. Her film roles include True Love, Cadillac Man, Jungle Fever, The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, The Addiction, Cop Land, What Dreams May Come, she was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for playing Gloria Trillo on The Sopranos. Sciorra was born in New York, to a fashion stylist mother and a veterinarian father, her parents are Italian. Sciorra studied dance as a child, took drama lessons at the Herbert Berghof Studio and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Sciorra made her feature film debut with a starring role in the 1989 comedy, True Love, she was praised by critics, with Janet Maslin of The New York Times commenting: "Ms. Sciorra, with her gentle beauty and her hard-as-nails negotiating style captures the mood of the film, makes Donna and touchingly drawn"; the performance earned her a nomination for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead. Various film roles came next, including the Richard Gere thriller Internal Affairs, the Robin Williams comedy Cadillac Man, the acclaimed drama Reversal of Fortune.
The latter received three Academy Award nominations. She earned widespread attention in 1991 for her co-lead role in Spike Lee's film, Jungle Fever, opposite Wesley Snipes. In his review for the Los Angeles Times, Kenneth Turan wrote that Sciorra was "possessed of considerable presence and vulnerability", she starred alongside Rebecca De Mornay in Curtis Hanson's 1992 thriller, The Hand That Rocks The Cradle, which held the #1 position at the North American box office for four consecutive weeks. Sciorra continued to work throughout the 1990s. Film parts included The Night. In 2001, she received a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her portrayal of Gloria Trillo on the HBO series The Sopranos. Entertainment Weekly called it "a career changing performance". In 2006, Sciorra co-starred with Vin Diesel in Find Me Guilty, directed by Sidney Lumet; the film, based on the true story of the longest Mafia trial in American history, was described as "gripping" by Stephen Holden of The New York Times, who called Sciorra's performance "excellent".
Subsequent credits include the CBS series Queens Supreme. Carolyn Barek on Law & Order: Criminal Intent. In 2018, she starred as Rosalie Carbone on the second season of Luke Cage. Of Sciorra's casting, executive producer Cheo Hodari Coker said: "I've been a huge fan of hers since Jungle Fever, no joke as Rosalie Carbone. You haven't seen her this gangster since The Sopranos. I'm thrilled her introduction to the Marvel Universe will be on Marvel's Luke Cage"; that year, she reprised the role of Carbone on the third season of Daredevil. Sciorra was married to actor Joe Petruzzi from 1989 to 1993. In 2004, she began a relationship with Bobby Cannavale, she has never had children. In October 2017, Sciorra levied allegations of sexual assault against the film producer Harvey Weinstein. In an article published by The New Yorker, Sciorra alleged Weinstein raped her after he forced his way into her apartment in the 1990s. Annabella Sciorra on IMDb Annabella Sciorra at the Internet Broadway Database Annabella Sciorra at the Internet Off-Broadway Database Annabella Sciorra on Twitter
Mad Men is an American period drama television series created by Matthew Weiner and produced by Lionsgate Television. The series premiered on July 19, 2007, on the cable network AMC. After seven seasons and 92 episodes, Mad Men's final episode aired on May 17, 2015. Mad Men is set in the 1960s–initially at the fictional Sterling Cooper advertising agency on Madison Avenue in New York City. According to the pilot episode, the phrase "Mad men" was a slang term coined in the 1950s by advertisers working on Madison Avenue to refer to themselves, a claim that has since been disputed; the plot focuses on the business of the agencies as well as the personal lives of the characters depicting the changing moods and social mores of the United States in the 1960s. The series ends November 1970 with the conclusion of season seven. Don Draper is the focus in the series as the talented creative director at Sterling Cooper and a founding partner at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, as are the people in his personal and professional lives.
Mad Men won critical acclaim for its writing, directing, visual style and historical authenticity. The show was the first basic cable series to receive the Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series, winning in each of its first four seasons, it is regarded as one of the greatest television series of all-time. In 2000, while working as a staff writer for Becker, Matthew Weiner wrote the first draft as a spec script for the pilot of what would be called Mad Men. Television producer David Chase recruited Weiner to work as a writer on his HBO series The Sopranos after reading the pilot script in 2002. "It was lively, it had something new to say," Chase said. "Here was someone who had written a story about advertising in the 1960s, was looking at recent American history through that prism."Weiner and his representatives at Industry Entertainment and ICM tried to sell the pilot script to HBO, which expressed an interest, but insisted that David Chase be named executive producer which Chase declined, despite his enthusiasm for Weiner's writing and the pilot script.
HBO CEO Richard Plepler, who became a fan of the show and congratulated AMC on their success with it named passing on Mad Men as his biggest regret from his time at HBO, calling it "inexcusable" and attributing their doing so to "hubris". Weiner moved on to Showtime, which passed. Lacking a suitable network buyer, they tabled sales efforts until years when a talent manager on Weiner's team, Ira Liss, pitched the series to AMC's Vice President of Development, Christina Wayne; the Sopranos was completing its final season and the cable network happened to be getting into the market for new series programming. "The network was looking for distinction in launching its first original series," according to AMC Networks president Ed Carroll, "and we took a bet that quality would win out over formulaic mass appeal." Weiner listed Alfred Hitchcock as a major influence on the visual style of the series the film North by Northwest. He was influenced by director Wong Kar-wai in the music, mise en scène, editorial style.
Weiner noted in an interview that M*A*S*H and Happy Days, two television shows produced in the 1970s about the 1950s, provided a "touchstone for culture" and a way to "remind people that they have a misconception about the past, any past." He said that "Mad Men would have been some sort of crisp, soapy version of The West Wing if not for The Sopranos." Peggy's "psychic scar for the entire show, after giving away that baby", Weiner said, is "the kind of thing that would have never occurred to me before I was on The Sopranos". Tim Hunter, the director of a half-dozen episodes from the show's first two seasons, called Mad Men a "very well-run show", he said: They have a lot of production meetings during pre-production. The day the script comes in we all meet for a first page turn, Matt starts telling us how he envisions it. There's a "tone" meeting a few days where Matt tells us how he envisions it, and there's a final full crew production meeting where Matt again tells us how he envisions it...
The pilot episode was shot at Silvercup Studios in New York City and various locations around the city. It is available in high definition for showing on AMC HD and on video-on-demand services available from various cable affiliates; the writers, including Weiner, amassed volumes of research on the period in which Mad Men takes place so as to make most aspects of the series—including detailed set design, costume design, props—historically accurate, producing an authentic visual style that garnered critical praise. On the scenes featuring smoking, Weiner stated: "Doing this show without smoking would've been a joke, it would've been sanitary and it would've been phony." Each episode had a budget between US$2–2.5 million. Robert Morse was cast in the role of senior partner Bertram Cooper. Weiner collaborated with cinematographer Phil Abraham and production designers Robert Shaw and Dan Bis
Reeker is a 2005 American horror film written and directed by Dave Payne. The plot centers on a group of young adults who are stranded in a desert oasis where they fall prey to a horrific decaying creature. A family is driving down a desert highway; the dad comes back with half his face gone. The family is attacked by something. In a lavish apartment, Trip meets with a dealer, who provides him with pills for a rave in the desert. Trip steals all of the pills, he meets with his friends Cookie, Jack, blind, Gretchen. The group notices an overturned car on the highway. Gretchen discovers that Trip is carrying stops the vehicle to kick him out. While parking at the side of the road, the group notices a strong tremor. Gretchen agrees to take Trip back to a diner, abandoned; the car runs out of gas and breaks down, so they decide to stay at the Halfway Motel. Learning from the radio that the highway has been closed, Trip decides to walk down the road for help. Jack and Gretchen pitch sleep outside. After a haunting experience with the drug dealer Radford, Trip escapes and meets a man named Henry driving an RV, looking for his missing wife.
He sets up camp there. Trip warns them to be careful. Looking for signal reception for his mobile phone, Trip releases from a rubbish skip the still-living head and arms of a truck driver who crawls away. Henry meets Trip and discovers they both are seeing the dead people. While in his camper, Henry collapses, suffocating as a dark figure moves through the trailer. Still looking for reception, Trip is attacked on the roof by a hooded figure. Cookie is killed while sitting in an outhouse by being dragged into the hole. Nelson is dragged under his bed, but pulls himself back up and jumps on top of the bed, he drops it on the ground, watching as it is shredded. He tries to escape by jumping through the window, but fatally cuts his throat on a shard of glass. Gretchen and Jack discover Henry's bodies, prompting Gretchen to look for Trip. Jack escapes when Trip shoots at the figure with his gun. Trip is overpowered by the creature and loses his arm dies. In reality an RV crashed into Gretchen's car after Trip stepped out to call for a ride, at the moment when they experienced the tremor.
None of the group had noticed the RV. His wife, Rose had explained that he was suffering lost control; the car that the group saw leaving the diner was in fact their own. Each of the deaths at the hotel were reflected by their own deaths in the car: Cookie died from internal bleeding, Nelson cut his neck when he was thrown through the windshield, Trip's arm was severed gripping the cell phone and he died from blunt force trauma. Gretchen survived the crash because she was wearing her seat belt and Jack, despite receiving a massive head injury remained alive in the car. Radford, stalking Trip, witnessed the accident and attempted to assist. In the final scene and Jack discuss the fact that neither has any recollection of the accident, no mention is made of the incidents at the motel. Jack comments that, for a moment in the crash, he thought he could see Gretchen, offhandedly mentioning the color of her eyes. Devon Gummersall as Jack Derek Richardson as Nelson Tina Illman as Gretchen Scott Whyte as Trip Arielle Kebbel as Cookie Michael Ironside as Henry Tuckey Eric Mabius as Radford Marcia Strassman as Rose Tuckey David Hadinger as The Reeker Les Jankey as Trucker Carole Ruggier as Mom Paul Butcher as Kid Steven Zlotnick as Officer Bern Christopher Boyer as Officer Mansfield Wesley Thompson as Officer Taylor Alejandro Patino as Velez the Medic Reeker premiered at the South by Southwest Film Festival on March 13, 2005.
It was screened at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 19th that same year, as well as the Screamfest Film Festival on October 21st. The film was released on DVD by Fox on Oct 23, 2006, it was re-released by Showtime Entertainment on Sep 25, 2007. On Rotten Tomatoes the film has a rating of 54% "Rotten" based on 13 reviews, with an average rating of 5.5/10. Variety critic John Anderson wrote called it a "glossy, gory takeoff on the teensploitation slasher flick that might just shock skeptics by scaring up crossover success." Peter Bradshaw from The Observer gave the film a negative review, awarding the film 1 out of 4 stars, stating, "You'd be a millionaire if you had a pound for every low-budget horror like this in existence, photographed like this, in this desert locale, with this ending". Kim Newman from Empire Magazine awarded Reeker 4 out of 5 stars, praising the film's characterizations, well used setting, old fashion monster. In his review he writes, "Despite the title, this is no stinker, the opposite, in fact, offering superior scares to recent offerings from the likes of Rob Zombie and Eli Roth".
Dread Central offer the film similar praise, stating, "Reeker is worth both a look and a buy. Better? Dave Payne is back and working on No Mans Land: Reeker 2 so there’s some more smartly written gore soaked hi-jinx in our future! Let’s hope that lightning can strike twice". Marc Savlov from The Austin Chronicle complimented the film's direction, writing, "If all rave preparties were this much fun, Fatboy Slim might still have a career". In their book Horror Films by Subgenre: A Viewer's Guide, authors Chris and Kathleen Vander Kaay praised the film, calling it "A clever supernatural film that takes the conciet of the slasher framewor
When Trumpets Fade
When Trumpets Fade is a 1998 HBO war film directed by John Irvin and starring Ron Eldard, Frank Whaley, Zak Orth, Dylan Bruno. First presented on June 27, 1998, it was produced by John Kemeny, written by W. W. Vought, it is set during the World War II Battle of Hürtgen Forest, in the autumn of 1944. The film portrays the actions of an American soldier, David Manning, during the World War II Battle of Hürtgen Forest, between the United States Army and German Wehrmacht, on the Western Front, from September 14, 1944 to February 10, 1945. Private David Manning is a soldier in the 28th Infantry Division who, in order to survive, does just enough to stay out of trouble but not enough to make a difference. Through the sheer bloodiness of the Hürtgen battles, Manning is left as the sole survivor of his platoon, he is promoted to sergeant. He tries to get out of it, saying he is unqualified for the position, but his company commander, Captain Roy Pritchett, thinks otherwise. Manning tries to back out of responsibility by asking to be filed on a Section 8, but is refused.
Leading a squad of replacements on the front line is a prospect he is less than thrilled with. He meets with his new men, during the evening, leads them into position on the line; the next morning, on patrol with his squad, Manning puts Private Warren Sanderson on point. Sanderson goes forward too gets separated from the squad, narrowly avoids contact with the enemy. After some time, Manning decides. At that moment, Sanderson returns. After the incident, Manning is scorned by his peers and berated by his platoon leader, First Lieutenant Terrence Lukas. Manning's company makes a push toward the town of Schmidt, to hold a bridge. However, they are shelled by 88 mm guns, they retreat, Pritchett comes to Manning with a mission that he requires volunteers for. Manning wishes him luck, so Pritchett offers Manning a Section 8 if he volunteers for and succeeds on the mission. During the mission, one of Manning's men, Private Sam Baxter and starts to flee, the other men follow suit. To stop them, Manning shoots Baxter, hitting the flamethrower he is carrying on his back, which causes it to explode and burn him to death.
Although the rest of his men are horrified by this, they stop fleeing and assault the position where the two 88s are located. Led by a crazed Sanderson, armed with another flamethrower, the group succeeds in destroying the dreaded guns. Manning's company secures the bridge after suffering horrendous casualties, but soon get attacked by German tanks. In the assault, Lukas is overcome with stress. Sergeant Patrick Talbot gives him a handful of dog tags from the dead soldiers in their platoon. Manning, Sanderson and Despin attempt to escape from the attacking Germans. Lonnie is killed, Despin is captured by the Germans. Manning and Sanderson escape, but Pritchett, who has survived the ordeal but cracked under pressure during the mission, is ordered off the lines before he can uphold his promise to Manning; when the battalion commander, Lieutenant Colonel George Rickman and asks him about the status of his platoon, a traumatized Lukas snaps and assaults him. Manning confronts Rickman as the howling Lukas is led away, picks up the mass of blood-soaked dog tags Lukas dropped, presses them against Rickman's chest as his answer to the platoon's status.
Because of Manning's insubordination, Rickman recognises him and orders him to the command post. He subsequently gives him command of the platoon. After an altercation with Talbot and Manning's friend, Corporal Toby Chamberlain, the platoon medic, in which they confront Manning for shooting Baxter, Manning tells them of a plan to destroy the German tanks the night before the assault. Chamberlain states they have no proof as he did Baxter. Private Sanderson, who survived the retreat back to American lines, defends Manning's conduct by acknowledging the fact that everybody would have run instead of fighting had Manning not shot Baxter. Manning silences them by telling them that the battalion is making another push in the morning, anyway. If they don't knock out the tanks, he knows the entire battalion - themselves included - are in jeopardy. Manning leads Sergeant Talbot, Corporal Chamberlain, Private Sanderson in a pre-dawn raid on the German tanks, without the knowledge or support of the battalion.
Manning clears the minefield and cuts the wire, enabling the group to continue on, before they engage the German tanks with a bazooka. The operation costs the lives of all but Manning and Sanderson, although Manning is wounded, but the tanks are destroyed just as the rest of the battalion begins their advance; the film concludes with the rapidly-fading Manning being carried back to the American lines by the now battle-hardened Sanderson, who assures Manning that he can now go home. This forms a mirror image of Manning carrying a wounded comrade at the opening of the film. Manning appears to die; the film closes with a note that the bloody Battle of the Hürtgen Forest was overshadowed by the Battle of the Bulge soon afterward. Ron Eldard as Private, Sergeant and 2nd Lieutenant David Manning a private squad and platoon leader in C Company Zak Orth as Private Warren "Sandy" Sanderson, a replacement in Manning's squad Frank Whaley as Corporal Toby Chamberlain, a medic attached to C Company Dylan Bruno as Sergeant Patrick Talbot, a squad leader in Lukas' platoon Devon Gummersall as Private Andrew Lonnie, a replacement in Manning's squad Dan Futt