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Overlord (2018)

A small group of American soldiers find horror behind enemy lines on the eve of D-Day.

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Julius Avery

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Billy Ray (screenplay by), Mark L. Smith (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jovan Adepo ... Boyce
Wyatt Russell ... Ford
Mathilde Ollivier ... Chloe
Pilou Asbæk ... Wafner
John Magaro ... Tibbet
Iain De Caestecker ... Chase
Jacob Anderson ... Dawson
Dominic Applewhite ... Rosenfeld
Gianny Taufer Gianny Taufer ... Paul
Joseph Quinn ... Grunauer
Bokeem Woodbine ... Rensin
Erich Redman ... Dr. Schmidt
Mark McKenna ... Murphy
Hayley Carmichael ... Mrs. Lesner
Marc Rissmann ... Scherzer
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Storyline

On the eve of D-Day, the 5th of June, 1944, several American paratroopers are dropped behind enemy lines to carry out a mission crucial to the invasion's success: destroy a radio tower built in a little castle of an old French town that the Third Reich uses for communication between Berlin and Normandy beaches' bunkers. Due to the intense enemy fire, the planes are shot down and most soldiers die in the landing or are killed by the Nazis' night patrols after they land. However, a private named Ed Boyce survives to find Corporal Ford, a last-minute incorporation from Italy and a veteran expert in bombs and explosives, rogue sniper Tibbet, war photographer Chase, and finally private Dawson. After they watch the killing of their superior Sargeant Eldson by a Nazi night patrol, Ford becomes leader of the group and they try to get the town with the tower in order to complete the mission. In the forest close to the town they meet Chloe, a villager who assists the soldiers in her home with ... Written by Chockys

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong bloody violence, disturbing images, language, and brief sexual content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

9 November 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$38,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,202,108, 11 November 2018, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$21,704,844, 20 December 2018
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The movie featured more practical effects rather than the standard cgi effects most movies use. This was done to get a better reaction from the actors involved in the scenes where something gruesome would happen. See more »

Goofs

Paul, an 8-year-old boy in a small French village in 1944, owns a baseball glove and ball. Before the end of WWII, nobody in France played baseball, and gear was impossible to find, even in peace time. Even in the 21st century, baseball remains almost unknown in France, being only played at an amateur level by a small group of enthusiasts or Japanese expats. No TV channel shows games, there are no baseball fields or parks anywhere and no mainstream retailers carry the gear. See more »

Quotes

Wafner: [He and Ford are mutating] How's it feel to have blood of eternity inside you?
Ford: [dismissive] It feels not fucking right
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Alternate Versions

After the film was given the restricted R18+ rating in Australia, Paramount Pictures decided to edit out almost 1 minute of footage to lessen the violence for the cinema version. The subsequent re-submission got the film a more accessible MA15+ rating. Although this version never ended up getting released due to Paramount Pictures changing their minds to instead give the original R18+ rated cut to cinemas. See more »


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The Most Expensive Nazisploitation Film Ever Made
6 November 2018 | by Krush_BurnerSee all my reviews

This is not the first time when J. J. Abrams put the finances into the risky project (remember "Cloverfield"), but this is definitely a curious choice for such a filmmaker. "Overlord" is the rare hybrid of a WWII film and a zombie horror - kind of movies that were prosperous back in 1970s and early 1980s, but has been long gone since then. And even in those times most of them were cheap and cheesy exploitation films, full of gore and nudity. (And yes, lots of people nowadays will think not of grindhouse cinema, but rather of "Call Of Duty" or "Wolfenstein" game series, which is an obvious point of reference here.)

And "Overlord" nearly perfect in assembling those pieces of a Nazi zombie horror movies into one single story. The plot is simple, action-packed and has it all: lots of fighting, shootings, machine guns and flamethrowers. The characters are schematic, almost one-dimensional, because it's not WWII drama, and that's enough. The SFX are great, there's a lot of blood and guts here, exactly what one can expect from a film which involves Nazis, experiments with (un)dead, and covert military operation.

However, there's some minor but annoying mistakes in presentation of some important plot elements, which hard to left unnoticed. Perhaps the most striking example of such retroactive anti-militaristic message is when Cpl. Ford decides to stop Nazis once and for all near the end of the film: his attitude looks a bit anachronistic in 1940s and such views for an U.S. soldier were much more credible rather after Vietnam War than during the WWII. There's also a very implausible fight between two main characters before the final onslaught, which looks ridiculous within the context of the upcoming Overlord operation.

But it all can easily be put aside, because "Overlord" is the Nazispoltation at its best: dark, bloody, action-driven horror about zombie soldiers trying to take over the world. Take it for what it is, and have fun.


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