GenreAction, War ScreenplayDavid Reed LanguageEnglish
WriterDanny Bilson, Paul De Meo Release dateFebruary 26, 2013 (2013-02-26) CastTom Sizemore (Dean Ranson), Chad Michael Collins (Nate), Vinnie Jones (Brent Willoughby), Jürgen Prochnow (Luca Gruenewald), Dimitri Diatchenko (Ivan Puzharski), Melia Kreiling (Kestrel) Similar moviesWhen Trumpets Fade, None But the Brave, Hell Is for Heroes, The Thin Red Line, Anzio, Farewell to the King
Company of Heroes is a 2013 American film directed by Don Michael Paul, very loosely related to the video game of the same name.
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. Surprisingly, this site is in Heidenfeld, Thuringia in Germany, although their own lines are hundreds of kilometers away in Belgium.
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, Nate Burrows (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 Pozarsky (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 bomb and to the scientist Dr. Luca Gruenewald (Jürgen Prochnow).