Saints and Soldiers: Airborne Creed

Synopsis: On August 15, 1944 the 517th Parachute Regimental Combat Team (PRCT) jumped over the south of France. Their mission was to support and protect the Allied Troops marching to Berlin. Landing in enemy territory, they fell under immediate attack. In their effort to complete the mission and rendez-vous with their unit, three isolated paratroopers come across a group of French resistants in desperate need. They decide to help liberate some of the captive Partisans. Doing so they will risk their lives.
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Director(s): Ryan Little
Production: Independent Pictures
94 min

[Peaceful Music]

[Speaking German]

[Speaking German]

Fertig machen.







[Mouthing words]

Five minutes out!

Get ready!

[Distant Gunfire and Explosions]


[Distant Yelling]

Here they come!

Look out!


Stop right there!

This way.

[Distant Yelling]

[Distant Dog Barking]

[Chattering in German]

[Indistinct Chatter]

[Dog Barking]

[Yelling in German]

Don't shoot!

Nicht schiessen! Nicht schiessen!

Komm hier!

[Dog Snarling]

Nicht schiessen.

Nicht schiessen.

[Mumbling in German]

Was ist das?

Wo ist deine einheit?

[Yelling in German]

Auf den knien.

Bist du alleine?

[Chattering in German]

Bist du alleine?


[Explosions and Gunfire]


I've never been so happy

to see you guys in my life.

It's just me.


I'm alone.

Where's the rest of your unit?

I don't know. Where's the rest of yours?

Name's Curtis.

I'm Rossi.

Thank you.

Yeah, don't mention it.

What're you looking for?.

Promised my buddy Gates

I'd get him a souvenir.

S.S. Death Head Ring, a Luger,

something good like that.

I have no idea where the

drop zone is from here.

Hey, you got a compass?

Uh, yes, I do.

Let me see it.

Where's yours?

Lost it in the jump.

That ground came up a

lot faster than I expected.

Hard to do a PLF in the dark.

Makes for a rough landing.

That mountain range puts us right here.

13 miles from the drop zone.

How are we so far off the mark?

Oh, blame it on the Pathfinders.

When I jumped, I swear they

were dumping me over the ocean.

One hell of a ride.

Well, I hope our boys are

waiting for us in Les Arcs.

Well, that's still two

miles past the drop zone.


Better get going. You ready?

Yup, let me just grab my rifle.

Let's check it out.

I'll go first.

I'll go.

You cover me.

Okay, it's all yours.

Don't move.





Just you two troopers?

Yeah, we couldn't find anyone else.

This is Corporal Rossi.

Sergeant Jones, Bravo Company.


What're you singing?

Uh, it's an old hymn.

It's not very uplifting.

You got anything else?

Not right now.

What happened to you?


My whole stick did it.

Seemed like a good idea at the time.

What would your mother think?

If all your friends jump off a bridge,

are you going to?

All my friends jump out of planes.

Sort of the same thing.

Well, what's the story?

There's got to be a story.

Well, it's a warrior thing.

Heading into battle.

I'd explain it, but I don't

think you two would understand.


Fair enough.

What's the plan, Sarge?


Well, we just can't sit here and wait.

Germans will be sending out patrols.

Who knows how long it'll be

before the unit comes and finds us.

Battalion was supposed

to rendezvous at Les Arcs.

That's what we're gonna do.

If we're lucky, we can

get there by nightfall.

And how far away's that?

Oh, I'd say...

Um, 19 kilometers.

No, I need to hear it in miles.

You don't know how to

convert kilometers into miles?

They taught us that at basic.

Yeah, they taught it, but I didn't learn it.

It's, uh, about 11 miles.

Well, I don't know about you,

but I joined the Paratroopers

to get a ride into the fight.

Not so I could wear my

boots out trying to find it.

Most likely we'll see a

lot of Germans along the way.

Yeah, you can count on that.


We'll just have to improvise.

What is it that Colonel Graves said?

"A few men can create a

hell of a lot of trouble

if they happen to be in the right place."

Do what we were trained to do.

We'll make it back.

This is why we're here.

Right, gentlemen?

Jump out of an airplane,

land behind enemy lines

In the pitch of night,

all for an extra 50 bucks a month.

"I am an airborne trooper!

A Paratrooper.

I jump by parachute

from any plane in flight.

I volunteered to do this

knowing well the hazards of my choice."

"I serve a mighty airborne force.

Famed for deeds in war.

Renowned for readiness in peace."

"It is my pledge to

uphold its honor and prestige

In all I am and all I do."

I recite that to myself every day.

Why does that not surprise me, Curtis?

Make you feel invincible?

You know, as a kid, my friends and I

Would go down the pike in Long Beach.

There was a roller coaster down there-

Cyclone Racer.

The Cyclone Racer. You've heard of it?

Yeah, it's famous.

They say the first drop is so steep,

it kills people.

Yeah, exactly.

We'd purchase our tickets,

and we'd rush to that front seat.

As it would leave the station,

Make its way up that steep hill,

we'd undo that safety latch and climb up

on the front of that car

and dangle our legs down.

And all of a sudden-


100 miles an hour.

Legs vibrating, and

I'm thinking to myself,

"I'm gonna die.

I'm gonna fall off this

thing and get crushed."

Couldn't do something a

little less adventurous,

like shave a Mohawk into

your hair or something?

Oh, it gets better.

By the time we're out of that first dip,

we started from the

front seat to the back seat.

By the time the ride's over,

we're all the way in the rear.

Not sure why I did it.

Maybe just liked the

thrill of cheating death.

Was that the story you

told to get into the 517th?

Didn't have to.

Major Seitz took one look at me

and knew I was the

perfect physical specimen.


Let's keep going.

Ever hear about these Aryan Nazi babies?

No, why don't you enlighten us Curtis?

Well Hitler wants a pure Nazi race - right...


So he finds people with Aryan qualities and

takes their babies.

As soon as their born the Third Reich

comes in and takes them away

Nazi's just come in and take the babies

away from their mothers when they're born.

That's right...Hitler has these places where he gets all the

young Aryan people together to make little Nazi babies

it's like a factory...he breeds them like horses.

They run some tests...put them in a room together.

These people never met; don't even know each other.

Not nice to meet you...that's nice perfume you're wearing...

No..nothing like that. Just throw out the dance card

and there's the door.

I gotta admit - I didn't know about that.

Hold on....

You know.... they got a name for places like that.

Yea - except those places aren't in the business

of making babies.

Babies that grow up, put on uniforms

conquer the world, kill our guys...

They'll get theirs eventually...either

in this life or the next.

You really think so?

Yeah, I know so.

Hold up.

I want to check the map.

[Shutter Clicks]

Well, look at you.

What do you think?

Is it me?

It's short.

But handsome.

My very own handsome soldier.

They're beautiful.

So is this for me?

I don't know.

Guess we'll see.

Hey, handsome, I need

you to open this door.

Yup. Here.

Thank you.

- Where are my manners?


We're good to go.

Hey, Rossi.

What goes through

your mind when we jump?

What do you mean?


You know,

what do you think about

when we jump out of the plane?

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