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The Moon Is Down (1943)

Cedric Hardwicke , Henry Travers , Irving Pichel  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Cedric Hardwicke, Henry Travers, Lee J. Cobb
  • Directors: Irving Pichel
  • Writers: Nunnally Johnson
  • Producers: Nunnally Johnson
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
  • DVD Release Date: April 16, 2013
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,761 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Based on a John Steinbeck novel, the film is the story of a small town in Norway that resists German occupation during World War II. Shown in 4:3 full frame presentation.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars movie based on John Steinbeck book June 6, 2013
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This movie is a war classic. I didn't know Steinbeck was a war correspondent at the height of the war. I thought he was just an amazing novelist. He had a real sense of honor and pride for the nation and it showed in the way he treated this subject. " The Moon Is Down" was originally seen in the 40's but this is the first time it has ever been released on DVD. I highly recommend this to any war film buff who hasn't had the opportunity to see this in its' original state. It, and the Steinbeck book, were used for propaganda against the Nazi regime. The story line is truly fascinating and one that will stay with you, challenge your own sense of moral and ethic conscience for a long time. I don't dare say more for fear of giving it all away. I recommend this to educators, film makers and war buffs. I thoroughly enjoyed it and will be watching this movie again and again as a reminder to myself to take a stand against wrong done to others in time of strife.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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World War 11 films that depict "Patriots and Quisling's" - the stoic, furtive, passive and violent civilian resistance of conquered nations to Nazi/Japanese occupation were extremely popular with wartime audiences during WW 11. "Joan of Paris" {1941},"This Land is Our Land"{1942}, "Hangmen also Die" {1942}, "North Star" {1943},"Edge of Darkness" {1943}, "China" {1943}, "Dragon Seed" {1944}, "The Seventh Cross" {1944}, "To Have and to Have Not" {1944}, "The Cross of the Lorraine" {1944} and "Hotel Berlin" {1945} are all outstanding examples of well crafted movies of this type.

Along with "Hangmen Also Die", "The Moon is Down" is the best representive of this film genre because it eschew's melodrama and trys to get inside the occuppyers and conquered civillians thoughts, emotions and their "guts". How the conquerors and conquered respond to their respective situations, being locked together in a possible "death embrace" and how both sides survive under these circumstances is the major theme of this movie .

The story line is simple - In 1940, a Nazi Invasion force with clockwork efficiency and total ruthlessness invades and conquerors a remote Norwegian town whose main industry is a large iron ore mine that the Germans wish to exploit to the utmost. The townspeople are at first stunned, cowed and cannot comprehend their situation. The Germans having taken the town with no resistance and now expect that everything will go smoothly, the towns population will work hard, mine the iron ore and acquiese to anything that the Nazi's demand.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Steinbeck August 23, 2013
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I am very happy with this.
This is a movie based in Steinbeck's novel and i've been looking for it for some time.
So thank you very much.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Almost Perfect Adaptation! February 15, 2014
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I have never been so pleased with a movie adaptation of a novel. Any omissions were understandable in terms of time constraints. Henry Travers was perfectly cast as the mayor. Cedric Hardwicke's accent threw me a bit initially, but his portrayal overcame this minor criticism. Dorris Bowdon's performance as Mollie Morden deserved an Academy Award. The scene with the mayor, Colonel Lanser, and the Doctor reciting from Plato was perfectly done. Two details that could have been easily included but were not: Joseph straightening the chairs in the drawing room the Nazi's had moved and Mollie asking for "two sausages". Other than these minor details, a nearly perfect adaptation. One wonders why this took so long to long to make it to DVD?
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5.0 out of 5 stars A delightful story February 12, 2014
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Since I married a Norwegian,. and her family went through the occupation, -- Steinbeck gives the viewer an insight into what life must have been like living under the Nazis. A salute to the courage of the Norwegian people and all those throughout Europe that resisted the tyranny of Hitler and his gang. Steinbeck did an amazing job writing this, and the film makers also did an A-1 job!
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