DVD release poster
|Directed by||Thad Smith|
|Written by||Craig T. Smith|
|Music by||Chad Rehman|
|Edited by||Alex Brown|
|Distributed by||Virgil Films & Entertainment|
Everyman's War is an independent narrative feature war film directed by Thad Smith. It was released on DVD in the U.S. on May 18, 2010 by Virgil Films & Entertainment and in 43 countries internationally by Koan Entertainment. Additionally it was released in Spain by Paramount Pictures in May 2010 under the title "Los héroes de Las Árdenas." Based on the true story of Sgt. Don Smith of the 94th Infantry Division. Much of the film takes place during January 1945 near Nennig, Germany in the Battle of the Bulge. The film was judged 'Best Narrative Feature' at the 2009 GI Film Festival and won several other awards, including a "Film Excellence" award for directing by the Film Oregon Alliance.
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As the seasoned infantry and tank units of the German 11th Panzer "Ghost" division move silently into position on the snow-covered hills around Nennig, Germany, a battle-weary GI and his unit stand ready to defend the small town, a key position in the Allied advance to win the war.
The unit is outgunned and outnumbered, and Sgt Don Smith (Cole Carson) struggles to find hope and courage against overwhelming odds in one of the decisive confrontations in the Battle of the Bulge during WWII. His squad of GI's of the 94th Infantry Division lie dug in on the ridge-line outside of town. No one in high command believed that German forces would attack in the sub-zero temperatures and near-blizzard conditions. As the pre-dawn attack comes, with communications down Sgt. Smith is left with no choice but to make his way through enemy fire, unarmed and wounded, into town and warn of the coming attack.
Based on actual accounts,[clarification needed] Everyman's War explores the heroic events of this decorated veteran's courage and the struggle between duty and desire. Between the prospect of the life and love that waits at home and the harsh realities of war which marks the pivotal epoch in his life, he discovers that the loss of hope can be worse than the loss of life.
- Cole Carson as Sgt. Don Smith
- Laurent Bair as Dorrine
- Mike Prosser as Cpl. Starks
- Sean McGrath as Pvt. Benedetto
- Eric Martin Reid as Pvt. Fuller
- Brian Julian as Pvt. Heinrich
- 2009 GI Film Festival Best Narrative Feature
- 2009 Film Excellence Award by Film Oregon