BEDFORD: THE TOWN THEY LEFT BEHIND

Freedom Is Not Free

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Release Date: December 31, 2009

Starring: INTERVIEWEES: Benetta Patel
Holt, Bertie Woodford, Bettie
Wilkes Hooper, Bob Slaughter,
Charles Shepherd, Cyril Short,
Ed Booth, Howard Holt, Ivylyn
Schenk Hardy, Jack Booth,
Jimmy Green, Lucille Boggess,
Noel Blackler, Ray Nance, Alfa
Nance, Roy Stevens, and Vera
Luckham.

Genre: Documentary

Audience: All ages

Rating: N/A

Runtime: 74 minutes

Distributor: Vanguard Cinema & Halogen TV

Director: Joe Fab and Elliot Berlin

Executive Producer: Robert M. Johnson

Producer: Joe Fab and Elliot Berlin

Writer: Joe Fab

Address Comments To:

Robert M. Johnson
The Johnson Group
6800 Fleetwood Road #100
McLean, VA 22101
(703) 356 4004

Content:

(CCC, BBB, PPP, L, V) Very strong Christian, moral worldview with very strong patriotic and pro-American content; one obscenity; documentary battlefield footage, but nothing gruesome; no sex; no nudity; no alcohol; no smoking; and, nothing else objectionable.

Summary:

BEDFORD: THE TOWN THEY LEFT BEHIND is an inspiring and heart-rending documentary about a small town in Virginia that lost more of its men in World War II per capita than anywhere else. Beautifully made, BEDFORD shows viewers what it’s like to love America and is peppered with statements about God and prayer.

Review:

BEDFORD: THE TOWN THEY LEFT BEHIND is an inspiring and heart-rending documentary about a small town in Virginia that lost more of its men in World War II per capita than anywhere else. Therefore, Bedford has become home to the D-Day Memorial.

The young boys in WWII in the 116th National Guard were the very first to land on Normandy in D-Day. The documentary airs the views of the survivors and the families these young men left behind. It also has incredible footage of the 116th National Guard Unit as they trained in the United States, in England for two years, and as they landed on D-Day. Several of their English hosts in the small town on the coast of England talk about their memories of the young men. The next time the 116th unit saw action was in Afghanistan and, at that time, all of the young men made it back. However, one of the grandfathers who survived D-Day lost his grandson, a Marine, in the war in Iraq, and the young man wanted to be buried in Bedford near the D-Day Memorial

This movie is full of patriotism, faith, and values. It helps viewers understand the universal truth that freedom is not free. It elicits tears for those who did not make it back and for those they left behind. It is one of the most beautifully produced documentaries MOVIEGUIDE(r) has reviewed. The integration of interviews, wartime footage, and music is absolutely superb. This documentary shows viewers what it’s like to love America and is peppered with statements about prayer and invocations that God takes care of the troops. It is the exact opposite of some of the news reports today.

Joe Fab, the film's director, traveled to Bastogne, France, where the commemoration of the 65th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge featured three screenings of "Bedford", the only film shown. Earlier, the film premiered at the Capitol Visitor Center at a screening hosted by Senator Mark Warner.

BEDFORD is a movie about real values and real heroes. MOVIEGUIDE® highly commends it.

In Brief:

BEDFORD: THE TOWN THEY LEFT BEHIND is an inspiring, heart-rending documentary about a small town in Virginia that lost more of its men in World War II per capita than anywhere else. Therefore, Bedford has become home to the D-Day Memorial. The young boys in the 116th National Guard were the very first to land on Normandy in D-Day. The documentary airs the views of the survivors and the families these young men left behind. It also has incredible footage of the 116th National Guard Unit as they trained in the United States, in England for two years, and as they landed on D-Day. Several of their English hosts talk about their memories of the young men.

BEDFORD is about real values and real heroes. The movie is full of patriotism, faith, and values and helps viewers understand the universal truth that freedom is not free. It elicits tears for those who did not make it back and tears for those they left behind. It is one of the most beautifully produced documentaries. BEDFORD shows viewers what it’s like to love America and is peppered with statements about God and prayer.