Champ d'Honneur (1987)

Genres - Drama, War  |   Sub-Genres - War Drama  |   Release Date - Jan 20, 1989 (USA)  |   Run Time - 87 min.  |   Countries - France  |   MPAA Rating - PG
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In 19th century Europe, it was not uncommon in times of war for young aristocrats to hire peasant boys to fight in their place. Such a surrogate is portrayed by Cris Campion in the French Field of Honor (Champ d'Honneur). The conflict at hand is the Franco-Prussian war, which was virtually fought in the backyards of its combatants. Finding himself behind enemy lines, Campion befriends a Prussian soldier who, like himself, is a substitute. Together, Campion and his new comrade try to elude capture, learning a great deal about each other along the way.

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war, anti-war, desertion, family, farming, friendship, military, pacifism, peasant, substitute-teacher