Agreed. Excellent points. I just watch this movie for the very first time this past weekend while ill and stuck in bed.
I too wondered why it was such a flop.
Here is my theory(s):
It's a hard movie to watch. It's an especially hard movie to watch for its target audience. Let's face it...It's not a family movie. WWII buffs won't go for it. It's not a chick flick. It's not a guy's movie. There's no sex, drugs or rock and roll. It's not a musical but you have to understand the power of music to get the main point of the story.
The only people who would really want to watch this are people who really love a good movie that tells a real story without the paint and glitz. Yet even we had turn away at times. It's a hard movie to watch.
I had never heard this story.
It was a gruesome time. Yet some found the will to live through it and tell their story. I think I might have given up. I don't know. Regardless, it was a story worth telling.
I'm glad they still play it on cable.