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Two Soldiers (2003)

Not Rated | | Short, Drama, War | 1 August 2003 (USA)
Mississippi, just before Pearl Harbor. Two brothers, Pete, about 19 and Willie, about 10 years younger. They are clearly close friends. The news arrives, and Pete goes to enlist. Willie ... See full summary »

Director:

Aaron Schneider

Writers:

William Faulkner (short story), Aaron Schneider
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jonathan Furr Jonathan Furr ... Willie Grier (as Jonathan 'Furrball' Furr)
Ben Allison ... Pete Grier
Ron Perlman ... Colonel McKellog
David Andrews ... Lieutenant Hogenbeck
Mike Pniewski ... Sheriff Foote
Deacon Dawson ... Mr. Grossnickel
Joanne Pankow ... Mrs. Habersham
Danny Vinson ... Pap Grier
Suellen Yates Suellen Yates ... Maw Grier
David Hall David Hall ... Private
D.H. Johnson D.H. Johnson ... Colonel's Driver
Al Wiggins Al Wiggins ... Man on the Bus
Allan Hamilton Allan Hamilton ... Bus Driver
Warren Hendon ... Old Man Killegrew (as Warren Jack Hendon)
Nancy Saunders ... Old Lady Killegrew
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Mississippi, just before Pearl Harbor. Two brothers, Pete, about 19 and Willie, about 10 years younger. They are clearly close friends. The news arrives, and Pete goes to enlist. Willie wants to come along, but is told he cannot. After his brother leaves, the boy walks 30 miles to the nearest town, where the sheriff eventually puts him on a bus to Memphis where his brother is. At the recruiting office, Willie proves even more determined to see his brother; eventually, sympathetic Col. McKellogg takes care of him. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Short | Drama | War

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

1 August 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

William Faulkner's Two Soldiers See more »

Filming Locations:

East Bend, North Carolina, USA See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

At 24:16 in the third commentary track on the DVD, director 'Aaron Schneider' mentions that Christmas wreaths were hung on various windows of the recruitment processing center to conceal anachronisms outside. See more »

Goofs

At 12:49 on the DVD as Willie Grier is walking down the road in the moonlight, he seems to be walking on a path in the middle of the road. At 10:23 in the 3rd (director and cinematographer) commentary Aaron Schneider mentions that Bill Eaton, who owned the farm where location shots were made, assisted by spreading quarry gravel (granite dust at 08:44 in the documentary "Behind the Scenes") over the yellow lines to conceal them and avoid an anachronism. See more »

Quotes

Colonel McKellog: So what the hell is this about?
Lieutenant Hogenbeck: I have no idea, sir. You'll have to ask that little pissant there.
Colonel McKellog: I was, Lieutenant.
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Referenced in Independent Filmmaking in Wilmington, NC (2004) See more »

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Brotherly love and tenderness abounds and engulfs us all
16 November 2006 | by jeuneidiotSee all my reviews

This Oscar-winning short film (40 minutes), based on a short story by William Faulkner, takes us back to small-town Tennessee in December 1941. Two brothers, one about 18 and one about 8 are looking for birds eggs (obviously a huge collectors item for boys in the South around this time). Well, the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor and the older brother, Pete, decides to enlist. He gives his prize egg to his little brother, Willie and heads off wishing to show more emotion and tenderness to his little acolyte. Well, Willie isn't having any of it, if Pete can be a soldier so can he. He heads to Memphis, showing his stubbornness and determination as he gets the better of several adults along the way. After finding the enlistment center in Memphis, he demands to see his brother, pulling a knife on a lieutenant and wounding him in the process. We are shown the devotion and love of a little brother (Jonathan Furr). He delivers a impeccable performance as a stubborn strong-willed boy in the gentler times of yesteryear. The movie tries and mostly succeeds in showing how brothers can show devotion and the importance of family ties in one's youth. As the two brothers reunite shortly, the movie delivers a cathartic cry as the brotherly love envelops us all.

This movie is like a cold bottle of water. Maybe Dasani or Aquafina, good, clear water with a flavorful mineral packet, but not pure natural spring water like Evian. Still, it quenches your thirst and you don't doubt its purity and quenching effects. It is more run of the mill and less expensive than some, but gets the job done, leaving one refreshed and detoxified afterwards. 7/10


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