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Documentary 'Dick Winters: Hang Tough' to get extended showing at Penn Cinema

Written by witf | Oct 24, 2012 9:35 AM

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Penn Cinema in Litiz is extending the run of the documentary "Dick Winters: Hang Tough."  Depicting the late Dick Winters and the soldiers who landed on the Normandy coast on D-Day, this documentary will now show daily at 4 p.m. Friday, October 26 through Thursday, November 1.

"We couldn't think of a better leader to honor," says filmmaker Tim Gray, chairman of the World War II Foundation. "Dick Winters led men from the front. He combined leadership qualities with concern for the well-being of his troops. His troops would tell you he's a guy that they would have followed into hell, because they realized if they followed him, they would have a chance to live."

The documentary includes never-before-seen interviews with Winters, as he discusses the qualities needed to be leader and his relationship with the people of France.

Winters became the leader of E "Easy" Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, when his commanding officer was killed during the D-Day invasion. He led an attack at Brecourt Manor, near Utah Beach to destroy a battery of German artillery. The successful assault is credited for helping to clear the way for American forces landing on the beach. For his actions, Winters received the nation's second-highest military honor, the Distinguished Service Cross.

Tickets are $10, with proceeds going to the Leadership Award at Winters' alma mater, Franklin & Marshall College, and the World War II Foundation.

Watch a trailer for the film on YouTube.

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