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The Execution of Private Slovik (1974)

The story of Eddie Slovik, who was executed by the Army in 1945, the only American soldier to be executed for desertion since the Civil War.

Director:

Lamont Johnson

Writers:

Richard Levinson (written for television by), William Link (written for television by) | 1 more credit »
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Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Martin Sheen ... Eddie Slovik
Mariclare Costello ... Antoinette Slovik
Ned Beatty ... Father Stafford
Gary Busey ... Jimmy Feedek
Matt Clark ... Dunn
Ben Hammer ... Lt. Col. Leacock
Warren J. Kemmerling ... Maj. Fellman (as Warren Kemmerling)
Charles Haid ... Brockmeyer
Kathryn Grody ... Margaret
Paul Lambert ... Joe Sirelli
Jon Cedar ... Holloway
Joe George ... 109th Regiment Sergeant (as Joseph George)
Laurence Haddon Laurence Haddon ... Piper
James Burr Johnson James Burr Johnson ... NCO
Tom Ligon ... Childs
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The story of Eddie Slovik, who was executed by the Army in 1945, the only American soldier to be executed for desertion since the Civil War.

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Was it an Act of Cowardice... or an Act of Conscience?

Genres:

Biography | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

13 March 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Execução do Soldado Slovik See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Television See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

In 1960 Frank Sinatra announced that he wanted to film William Bradford Huie's book, with a script by Albert Maltz. Since Maltz was one of the Hollywood Ten, and given the anti-war nature of the story, Sinatra was publicly accused by John Wayne of having Communist sympathies. At the time Sinatra was campaigning for John F. Kennedy, who persuaded him to drop the project. See more »

Quotes

Father Stafford: Give it another volley if you like it so much!
Lt. Col. Leacock: Take it easy, Padre! None of us are enjoying this.
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Connections

Featured in Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Method Actor (1985) See more »

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Paper Doll
Written by Johnny Black
Performed by The Mills Brothers
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This movie still haunts me
24 December 2003 | by Colin-LindaSee all my reviews

Even now, 25+ years later I remember this movie. It made an impact on me.

I've only seen it twice, but it still hurts me to remember it. As the execution is played out, you hear Bing Crosby sing "Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas". Every time I hear that song, the memory of that movie floods me with terrible, sad feelings.

10/10


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