Army of Crime NR

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In Robert Guédiguian's taut, internationally acclaimed thriller, set during the French Resistance, Armenian poet Missak Manouchian (Simon Abkarian) and his French wife (Virginie Ledoyen) lead a ragtag assortment of volunteers -- Jews, Poles, Hungarians, Italians, Spaniards and Armenians -- in an assassination plot against the German occupiers and their French allies.

Starring:
Simon Abkarian, Virginie Ledoyen
Runtime:
2 hours, 20 minutes

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Army of Crime

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Product Details

Genres Military & War, Drama
Director Robert Guédiguian
Starring Simon Abkarian, Virginie Ledoyen
Supporting actors Robinson Stévenin, Lola Naymark, Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet, Adrien Jolivet, Olga Legrand, Alexandru Potocean, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Yann Trégouët, Pascal Cervo, Paula Klein, Boris Bergman, Léopold Szabatura, Ariane Ascaride, Garance Mazureck, Yann Loubatière, George Babluani, Miguel Ferreira, Pierre Niney
Studio Lorber Films
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

BBC's Wish me luck is another much better one.
H. Chan
Each time I get inspired by the courage of these "outcasts" of French society during World War II.
Tapestry
First it is not comparable to "Inglorious Bastards" as its box implies.
De witte leeuw.

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Terry W. Barnard on March 31, 2011
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Great movie about the resistence - especially the fact it demonstrates how in the beginning (before it was clear the Germans would lose WWII) the "cooperation" that existed between the French authorities and the Germans. In fact, the movie makes a point when one SS office states how the French authorities did things the Germans themselves would have been cautious about doing.

This movie while highlighting the contibutions of the foreign immigrants in France to help fight against Nazism, helps put to rest the myth that all the French were part of the underground or actively working against the Nazi occupation.

In fact, the first year of occupation there was very little resistance activity - it only started in earnest after the invasion of the Soviet Union in June, 1941. In the beginning, a high percentage of the underground were communists who initiated this fight in solidarity with the Soviet Union.

IN this movie, the brave souls portrayed who were not born in France took up arms and fought - and died - to protect that country - even if it meant fighting against the French born collaborators. This fight eventually cost them their lives and their recognition for their services and sacrifices needs to be acknowledged - something this film does very well.
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34 of 40 people found the following review helpful By sabu on July 17, 2010
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THIS TRUE STORY OF HOW A PEACEFUL POET AND HIS FRIENDS+COMPATRIOTS WHO ,AFTER WITNESSING COUNTLESS HORRORS PERPETRATED ON THEIR COUNTRYMEN BY THE NAZIS, ARE FORCED INTO BECOMING ONE OF THE MOST FEARED AND VIOLENT GROUPS IN THE FRENCH RESISTANCE. THIS IS A MESMERIZING STORY.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By C. O. DeRiemer TOP 1000 REVIEWER on November 20, 2011
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The camera pans slowly from face to face...22 men and one woman. Some look out the window of the transport they're seated in. Some seem angry, others resigned. As the camera pauses at each face, the person's name comes up, followed by "Died for France." The time is 1944. They are the members of the French Resistance, the Manouchian Group. Many of them seem very young. In a few hours the men will be executed by a German firing squad. The woman will be taken to Germany where she will be beheaded with an axe.

Army of Crime tells the story of this group. They all lived in the same Paris neighborhood. Missak Manouchian, an Armenian, a poet and an intellectual, a man who was first ready to die but not to kill, becomes their leader. He learns to kill very well. The group is made of Frenchmen, Italians, Poles, Armenians, Spaniards, Hungarians and Romanians. All are Communists. Many are Jews. Hours before his death, Manouchian wrote this passage in a letter to his wife:

"My dear Melinée, my beloved little orphan,

"In a few hours I will no longer be of this world. We are going to be executed today at 3:00. This is happening to me like an accident in my life; I don't believe it, but I nevertheless know that I will never see you again. What can I write you? Everything inside me is confused, yet clear at the same time.

"I joined the Army of Liberation as a volunteer, and I die within inches of victory and the final goal. I wish for happiness for all those who will survive and taste the sweetness of the freedom and peace of tomorrow. I'm sure that the French people, and all those who fight for freedom, will know how to honor our memory with dignity.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tapestry on August 8, 2013
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I've watched this film several times. Each time I get inspired by the courage of these "outcasts" of French society during World War II. This little known true story deserved to have a great film made about it - and this is that film.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By aldo ray on March 6, 2013
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this is the French Resistance in it's harsh, black and white reaction to occupation by Nazi's. no one comes close to this kind of reality anymore. they all dumb it down, or try to put a love story in the middle of the really ugly business of killing oppressors.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Ronald Wismer on February 18, 2013
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This movie is about the various minority factions in France fighting German Occupation forces. I was surprised the movie was actually relatively well made for a small production. The reality is of course that these French underground forces, whether minorities or French, are vastly overblown. It is only as of the last several years that historians have assessed the actual number of German forces in France dedicated to dealing with the French resistance, the number of significant resistence incidents, etc.. The conclusion is that the French resistance story is a much better one in 1940s propaganda movies..........but in reality insignificant. There were countries such as Hungary, and later Russia, that mounted effective underground resistence. The French however were a bit too busy collaborating to find time to resist!
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- This movie creates a very intense mood.

- There are quite a few suspenseful scenes.

- The actors convincingly depict the courage and the fanaticism of French Resistance fighters in WWII

- It's inspired by true characters. The ending is factual but depressing.

In short, it's definitely worth watching. I borrowed it from the local library.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Oliver Conant on March 17, 2013
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The partisans in this movie are so appealing and the French collaborators so despicable, that there are no shades of grey in this depiction of the armed resistance that the Nazis called an Army of Crime. Thats a pity, because if there ever was a time when shades of grey predominated, it was surely life in occupied Paris. The film is less than forthright about the circumstance that the fighters were under Communist Party discipline and may well have been betrayed by the Party, a possibility explored in the documentary Terrorists in Retirement, about the same group.
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