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- Set during the early days of World War II, Underground is an intriguing tale of danger and suspense set in Nazi Germany starring Jeffrey Lynn (Butterfield 8) and Philip Dorn (Spy Hunt).- Celebrated director Vincent Sherman (Backfire, The Adventures of Don Juan, All Through the Night, Mr. Skeffington) lives up to his reputation for directing some of the most memorable films made in the 40’s, 50’s and even 60’s with this story of the anti-Nazi underground and its attempts to usurp the Nazi regime and put an end to its war machine through the broadcast of an outlawed radio program. - Released almost six months before the United States entered WWII, Underground provides an interesting historical perspective of the American take on Germany’s Nazi Occupation before the fighting hit home. - Vincent Sherman at 98 years old, is the oldest living Hollywood director.

DVD Features
Available for the first time ever on DVD!

Features two fascinating interviews by Lloyd Kaufman with legendary Hollywood director Vincent Sherman at 98 years young!

Includes insightful production notes on the Underground production and star bios.

DVD Bonus: Theatrical trailer for Samuel Fuller’s classic Shark starring Burt Reynolds!

Film introduced with classic PSA: "Radiation March"

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The Roan Group, consistently responsible for the best-looking DVD editions -- New York Times

sharp, vivid and politically pointed, down to the disturbingly accurate depiction of a concentration camp. -- New York Times, September 28th, 2004

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  • Actors: Jeffrey Lynn, Philip Dorn, Kaaren Verne, Mona Maris, Peter Whitney
  • Directors: Vincent Sherman
  • Writers: Charles Grayson, Edwin Justus Mayer, Oliver H.P. Garrett
  • Producers: Bryan Foy, Hal B. Wallis, Jack L. Warner, William Jacobs
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Collector's Edition, Color, NTSC, Original recording remastered
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: ROAN
  • DVD Release Date: September 28, 2004
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002VEUX0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,711 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Underground" on IMDb

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Judy Moran on January 9, 2003
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I saw this film on TV when I was a child. It made such an impression on me that I have searched for it for years, since VHS and then DVDs became widely available.
While it may not have the big names of other war movies, this one is a true morality tale. It grabs you by the gut and shows how people can be misled into following evil-doers, but it also points out that they can see the light, and regain their humanity.
I defy anyone with an ounce of compassion to view this film's final scene without shedding a tear. I plan to show it to my children, because it is rare that you see such a vivid dislay of both the worst and the best that people have to offer in one film. I highly recommend it.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By James L. on March 15, 2002
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Underground is a film that is hardly known today, perhaps because it lacks any major stars. It's basically a B-movie cast in a film that is not produced to be just a programmer. Set during the early days of World War Two, it features Jeffrey Lynn and Philip Dorn as German brothers involved on opposites of the conflict. Dorn is a leader of the underground movement, while Lynn is a soldier fiercely loyal to the Fuhrer. Dorn's underground members send out leaflets denouncing the Nazis, but more effectively, they broadcast an outlawed radio program that the Nazis want desperately to stop. When Lynn falls in love with Kaaren Verne, another underground member, things get even more complicated. The performers are all quite good (including Martin Kosleck as one of those detestable Nazis portrayed in WWII films), and director Victor Sherman, an accomplished director, tells the story very effectively. It moves along well, builds up excellent suspense, and develops a lot of sympathy for its characters and their cause. This is a great film to "discover", and I hope that on video, it will become more well known. It deserves the attention.
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VCI Home Video and Warner Bros. presents "UNDERGROUND" (1941) (95 mins B&W) . . . under Vincent Sherman (Director), William Jacobs (Producer), Hal B. Wallis (Producer), Jack L. Warner (Producer), Oliver H.P. Garrett (Short Story Author), Charles Grayson (Screenwriter), Edwin Justus Mayer (Short Story Author), Sidney Hickox (Cinematographer), Adolph Deutsch (Composer (Music Score), Leo F. Forbstein (Musical Direction/Supervision), Thomas Pratt (Editor), Charles Novi (Art Director) . . . . . cast includes Jeffrey Lynn (Kurt Franken), Philip Dorn (Eric Franken), Kaaren Verne (Sylvia Helmuth), Mona Maris (Fraulein Gessner), Frank Reicher (Prof. Baumer), Peter Whitney (Alex ), Martin Kosleck (Heller), Erwin Kalser (Dr. Franken), lka Gruning (Frau Kranken), Egon Brecher (Herr Director), Ludwig Stossel (Herr Muller), Hans Schumm (Heller's Aide), Wolfgang Zilzer (Hoffman), Henry Brandon (Rolf), Lotte Palfi (Greta Rolf) . . . . . our story deals with the Third Reich and two brothers who are fighting on different sides...with a backdrop of the Nazis' searching for a resistance radio broadcast and trying desperately to silence it once and for all...the script is top notch and the performances are first rate, with a bigger and better film than they expected.when first filming...with solid acting from Jeffrey Lynn and Philip Dorn who are both believeable and keep the pace of suspense growing to a climatic end.

Special footnote, Director Vincent Sherman (July 16, 1906 - June 18, 2006), born in Vienna, Georgia), was a Hollywood director...His movies include Mr. Skeffington (1944), Nora Prentiss (1947), and The Young Philadelphians (1959)...He began his career as an actor on Broadway and later films...He directed B-movies for Warner Bros. before moving up to A-pictures...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By larryj1 on April 3, 2009
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This review is for the Roan version. Excellent quality from Roan of one of Warner's WWII films. Also includes Vincent Sherman interview. Quite good.
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This little B movie from 1941 has been on my `watch list' for some time, and I wish I had seen it sooner. Made before the day `that will live in infamy' that is December 7th 1941 and the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, this clearly wanted the world to know that Hitler and co were evil.

Eric Franklen is a chemist in Nazi Germany and is working with the `underground' he is the voice of their radio broadcasts where they tell the German people the truth about the war - the stuff that the censors won't allow. Then his brother returns from the front having lost an arm - he though is a loyal party member and despite the ties of fraternity when it comes to politics they are diametrically opposed. Enter the shared acquaintance of a woman who is also an underground member, and her influence will change things irrevocably.

We have the Nazi's torturing, being vile and all dressed in their Hugo Boss finery and they all have German sounding accents (most of the time). This is done in true Warner Bros. style with a brilliantly paced script, great use of lighting, perfect editing and a cast that could not put a foot wrong. Add to that the actual story and you have a nigh on brilliant piece of film making.

The actual quality of the print does leave a bit to be desired and this could do with a well earned makeover. Plus there are issues around some of the details and factual accuracy - but this was never meant to be a history lesson; it was a rallying call to stand up to fascists and as such should be applauded. It will still have you on the edge of your seat even to this day and that takes some doing. If you have missed this then do yourself a massive favour and get to see it.
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