Nurse Edith Cavell (1939) 2006 NR CC

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After helping an escapee from a German prisoner-of-war camp, a nurse joins forces with his grandmother to organize a group to assist such escapees. In this World War I story, based on actual events, the Germans finally become aware of their actions and prosecute them.

Starring:
Anna Neagle, Edna May Oliver
Runtime:
1 hour, 37 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Military & War, Drama
Director Herbert Wilcox
Starring Anna Neagle, Edna May Oliver
Supporting actors George Sanders, May Robson, Zasu Pitts, H.B. Warner, Sophie Stewart, Mary Howard, Robert Coote, Martin Kosleck, Gui Ignon, Lionel Royce, Jimmy Butler, Rex Downing, Henry Brandon, Louis V. Arco, Egon Brecher, Adrienne D'Ambricourt, Joe De Stefani, Richard Deane
Studio Synergy Ent
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 7-day viewing period. Details
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By John C. Gillies on December 20, 2008
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Its a good movie. Well acted with an excellent cast. The problem is that the print badly needs some form of restoration. The sound is crackly, and at times inaudible, and the print is very dark - even the daylight scenes appear to be at night. I'm a big fan of Edna May Oliver, so am glad to have the movie for her performance alone. One hopes a better quality print will be issued in due course.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kurt A. Johnson TOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 4, 2014
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Edith Louisa Cavell (played by Anna Neagle) was a British nurse, serving as matron of the Berkendael Institute in Brussels, Belgium. After the Germany Army occupied Brussels, Miss Clavell’s faith would not let her sit still, and ignore the fate of Allied soldiers trapped behind enemy lines. And so she became involved in smuggling men out of the country. But, the Germans are the activities are going on, and they are determined to stop the flow of soldiers and those that are helping them.

This 1939 movie was made at the beginning of the Second World War, and was intended to remind the British people of heroes of yesterday. It is very well written, telling the story of the life and death of Nurse Clavell with a lot of power. I really enjoyed this moving movie, and do not hesitate to recommend it to you and your family.

(By the way, one of the characters in this movie is played by George Sanders, one of my favorite actors!)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tara VINE VOICE on September 8, 2014
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I'd never heard of Edith Cavell until I found this movie on Amazon. She was a British nurse stationed in Belgium during WWI. During the German occupation, her hospital became a medical hub for German soldiers, as one was not supposed to harbor or care for French, British, any enemy of Germany. BUT she took in the wounded or even just the lost/escaped and hid them and treated them in the hospital cellar.

Between herself and others, she helped at least 200 Allied soldiers escape.

From History Channel's bio of her: "What Jeanne d’Arc has been for centuries to France," wrote one Allied journalist, "that will Edith Cavell become to the future generations of Britons."

The movie shows us all this and also how two other women helped her with her operation. (These ladies MAY have been contrived for the movie only. I do not know, but I'd like to think they existed too.) There's the feisty boat lady. I call her the boat lady because she and her husband stick the men in barrels and hide them on their boat and take them away. She's really ballsy and hands off incriminating postcards to German soldiers to mail for her. Perhaps overconfident, but it added a nice touch to the story.

There's also a countess turned ambulance driver who blatantly protests the treatment of the POWs. Also in the movie is an old lady whose grandson aids them, but as for the old lady herself, I couldn't figure out how she was involved besides being hysterical.

Sadly, Edith is betrayed and busted. The new military command wished to make an example of her and twisted her deeds. Instead of acting from the kindness of her heart, which she was, they managed to get her a death sentence by twisting the charges.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E.G. on August 31, 2012
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A film that deserves to be restored, technically.

Appealing for me. Mainly I love the raw simplicity of how the film focused on a few folks in a small town.

The protagonist is resolute, and really lives her beliefs. In that period an oath to save lives was more of a calling.

Courage is ever present in the group of women who did what others
could not. It should be a mirror for today.

We are all too selfish. The rich consuming with greed, poor people forgotten, and hate and judgement on all sides.

I liked her acceptance and no regrets, and the statement of having no hate for anyone, some powerful inspiration for me.

We all walk the road of the Buddha, unknowingly at times.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. J. Perrin on September 10, 2013
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Nurse Edith Cavell was a regular nurse who found herself in an orphanage in Belgium at the outbreak of WWI. Learning of injured allied servicemen being sent to the orphanage to be sent forward to England, Nurse Cavell assisted these men, nursing their injuries, protecting them at the orphanage. But the German officers were aware of men being helped out of the war zone, and set a trap. Nurse Cavell and all of her group were rounded up and imprisoned. During her trial by the German military she was asked if she was guilty of assisting the men return to England, and she admitted her guilt. She was sentenced to death by firing squad and said, "Politics are not enough. We must love them!"
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JA on January 18, 2014
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exceptional old movie better made than the movies that they make today would not go to see a movie today
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Carol S. Cates on October 6, 2014
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Heroic story. Viewing quality not that great at first but certainly did not hinder our enjoying it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By bookworm1943 on July 3, 2011
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This story was a well-written, excellently acted film. Time does not diminish the facts or ideas it puts forward. Anna Neagel and her husband, the director/producer had a reputation for providing good solid work and entertainment. This print was poor in spots, rather dark around the edges. I encountered a couple of transmission problems, however, I cannot lay that completely at the door of the film. We were having severe thunderstorms the entire time it was playing.

Despite the quality of the print it is well worth watching. One might think the subject matter a bit melancholy but at the film's end you cannot help but think the moments well spent.
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