Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Patrioten was released in English-speaking regions as I Love My Country, a sentiment which prevailed in Hitler's Germany -- much more so than after WWII. The story is set in the First World conflict, as a courageous group of German soldiers defend themselves from relentless attacks by the French. Unlike All Quiet on the Western Front, no pacifism is preached here. The soldiers fight and die for a noble cause, just as they'd be willing to do so in any and all future wars (one of which was only two years away). The inclusion of a romantic subplot and endless shots of Bavarian music festivals added immeasurably to the film's box-office appeal in Germany.
war, POW/MIA, survivor