Company of Heroes is a 2013 American direct-to-video war thriller film directed by Don Michael Paul.
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 kilometres 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 NCO’s 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 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 bomb and to the scientist Dr. Luca Gruenewald (Jürgen Prochnow).
- The film is loosely based on the video game of the same name (which De Meo would later write the sequel to).
- In 2001, Neal McDonough played Lt. Buck Compton in the HBO WW2 miniseries Band of Brothers (2001). It was set in the same time frame and he played an army officer that fought in the Battle of the Bulge.
Production & Filming Details
- Director: Don Michael Paul.
- Producers: Jeffrey Beach and Phillip J. Roth.
- Writers: Danny Bilson, Paul De Meo, and David Reed.
- Music: Frederick Wiedmann.
- Cinematography: Martin Chichov.
- Editor: Cameron Hallenbeck.
- Production: Destination Films.
- Distributor: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.
- Release Date: 26 February 2013 (US).
- Running Time: 100 minutes.
- Country: US.
- Language: English.