Company of Heroes (film)

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Company of Heroes
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Directed by Don Michael Paul
Written by Danny Bilson
Paul De Meo
David Reed
Based on Company of Heroes
by Relic Entertainment
Produced byJeffery Beach
Phillip J. Roth
Starring Tom Sizemore
Chad Michael Collins
Vinnie Jones
Dimitri Diatchenko
Neal McDonough
Sam Spruell
Jürgen Prochnow
CinematographyMartin Chichov
Edited byCameron Hallenbeck
Music by Frederik Wiedmann
Distributed by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Release date
  • February 26, 2013 (2013-02-26)
Running time
100 minutes
CountryUnited States

Company of Heroes is a 2013 American direct-to-video war thriller film directed by Don Michael Paul. [1] The screenplay was co-written by Danny Bilson and Paul De Meo. It was loosely based on the video game of the same name. De Meo would later write Company of Heroes 2 .



With the Germans apparently near defeat in the latter part of World War II, a squad of American soldiers from the 2nd Infantry Division on a routine mission near Elsenborn in the Belgian Ardennes encounter a surprisingly strong German tank destroyer and infantry force. After a fierce firefight, the Americans escape and try to make their way back to their own lines to report the German surge. En route, they stumble across a German experimental site, still smoldering with flames from some devastating event. [2]

They come across an American OSS agent suffering from horrific burn wounds, and learn that the Germans are close to development of a super-bomb which will enable them to turn the tide of war and achieve victory. The American agent, knowing that he is near death, asks the soldiers to complete his mission: to find the bomb; disable it; and extract the scientist developing it, who wishes to defect. With their sergeant and other NCOs dead, the youngest of the soldiers, Nathaniel "Nate" Burrows, Jr. (Chad Michael Collins) and Dean Ransom (Tom Sizemore) (a cook who had been demoted from Lieutenant after the D-Day landings) lead them deep into Nazi territory. There, they are joined by escaped British airman Brent Willoughby (Vinnie Jones) and Red Army soldier Ivan Puzharsky (Dimitri Diatchenko). Discovered and pursued, the Allies make a series of hair-breadth escapes from vastly superior numbers of well-armed Nazi soldiers and finally make contact with a woman named Kestrel (Melia Kreiling), their link to the atomic bomb and to the scientist Dr. Luca Gruenewald (Jürgen Prochnow). [3]

In the end, the squad managed to escape the Nazi facility as the Allied bombers decimated the place. Ivan escaped with the documents of Gruenewald's research. The squad, Doctor Gruenenwald and Kestrel reached the Allied-controlled territory safely. Nate and his squad are briefed by his superiors that they will not receive any recognitions or rewards and they must keep the secret of their mission in order to keep the secrets of the atomic bomb and Dr Gruenewald from their allies, the Soviets and the Axis Powers. Dr Gruenewald is then transferred to the US mainland to work on the Manhattan Project.



Aaron Peck at home entertainment website High-Def Digest gave the film three stars and said: "It's a decent little DTV movie about World War II, but it isn't able to crawl out of the self-made trench of its miniscule budget". [4]

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  2. One of the many gaping plot holes is that this site is identified in the film as Heidenfeld, Thuringia in Germany, which is hundreds of kilometers away from the film's original stated setting in Belgium.Gallagher, Brian (26 February 2013). "EXCLUSIVE: Tom Sizemore on Life, Sobriety, and 'Company of Heroes'". Movieweb. Movieweb. Retrieved 3 October 2015.
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