Everyman's War

Synopsis: 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. Outgunned and outnumbered, S/ Sgt Don Smith 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 lay 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 "Everyman's War" explores the heroic events of this decorated veterans courage and the struggle betw
Genre: Biography, Drama, War
Director(s): Thad T. Smith
Production: One-Eighty Films
104 min



Feel lucky today?

l guess he ain't superstitious.

Three on a light, it's bad luck.

Counting me, that makes four.

So what does that mean?

Dear Mr. Smith,

My father passed away on January 15th.

Dad never really shared much

about the war with us kids,

and l know talking to you was a comfort.

Thank you.

He asked me to let you know

when he passed,

and to tell you next time

he wants more than three rounds.

He said you would understand.

You're lucky to be going back

to your old unit.

That don't happen much anymore.

You want me to mail that?

That to your girl back home?

lt was 1943 when l went to war.

l was almost 19.

Some things about those years

l've forgotten.

Others l'd rather forget.

l suppose there still isn't a day

that l don't think about

some of those guys

l shared foxholes with--

the friends l knew and lost.

You come back to us, son.

Don't you dare get yourself killed.

l'll come back, Ma.

You be good, pumpkin.

l'm sorry to leave you

with so much work, Pa.

This war--

Son, l know.

We'll be fine.

You're a good son.


Yes, sir.

Thank you, sir.

Angelo Benedetto?

l see you are before this court

once again,

this time charged with a number

of serious offenses.

Your Honor,

not all of those were my fault.

l admit l made some mistakes--

How's that?

My friends, they would give me

stuff to pawn for them,

but l didn't know it was stolen.

Honest, Your Honor.

And the robbery was just a mistake, too?

You realize this could

land you in prison for five years.

Your Honor, the defendant

is completely aware

of the seriousness of the charges,

but he was completely unaware

that a robbery was even taking place.

Yeah, l know.

He claims they pushed him into the car.

Now, that's a pretty tall tale,

wouldn't you say, counselor?

Well, yes, Your Honor,

but Mr. Benedetto insists that it's the truth.

He does, however, recognize

how this might appear to the court.

Your Honor, if l may,

l'd like to make a suggestion

that may save the court

the unnecessary nuisance of a trial.

We would proffer, in lieu of a dismissal,

that Mr. Benedetto seeks service

in the United States Armed Forces.

What the hell are you doing?

Look, kid, with your record,

you're 4F. They can't take you.

You're going to be off scot-free.

Trust me.

So, Mr. Benedetto,

you'd be willing to go into the military?

Yes, Your Honor.

Very well.

As a result of the recent changes

in the draft code,

which now authorizes me to do so,

l hereby accept counsel's motion.

You're ordered to report

to the local draft board,

where you will be immediately inducted

into the nation's armed services.

And the court further orders

that Mr. Benedetto's draft classification

be changed from 4F to 1A,

removing any obstructions

to a successful and speedy enlistment.

Good luck, Mr. Benedetto.

Next case.

What does that mean?

What does that mean?

What is he saying?

lt's a technicality.

- What does that mean?

- l'll talk to you later.

Just tell me what it means.

Go ahead.

CBS World News now presents

15 minutes of news and analysis.

First, a summary of today's developments

by Major Palmer,

followed by analysis by Quentin Powell.

Hey, Joe, the car runs great.

See you next week.

That will be $1 .25.

One dollar, two bits.

Hey, take this, you little Kraut.

Go discuss that with your Fhrer, huh?

l am not a Kraut. l am an American.

l'm the whistler.

Look, l know l haven't a chance.

l know that l can't live.

l can tell the way

that a doctor looks at me.

And you, too.

Why don't you tell me the truth?

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