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4.2 out of 5 stars 70 customer reviews

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During World War II, Violette Szabo volunteers to join the SOE (Special Operations Executive) and parachutes into France as a secret agent to aid a Resistance group. Her mission successful, she joins the Resistance, where she stays until captured by the Germans. Tortured by the Gestapo for information, she refuses to betray her comrades and is consequently deported to a German concentration camp. A moving story about the strength of the human spirit, in even the most adverse circumstances. Based on a best-selling biography of the same name by R. J. Minney, which was based on the true story of the heroism of SOE agent Violette Szabo. Bonus Features: Photo Gallery Product Specs: DVD5; Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono; RT - 119 minutes; B&W; Aspect Ratio - 1.66:1 / Letterboxed; Year - 1958; SRP - $14.99

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  • Actors: Virginia McKenna, Paul Scofield, Jack Warner, Denise Grey, Alain Saury
  • Directors: Lewis Gilbert
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: VCI Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 14, 2012
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006T5GTIC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,988 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Byron Kolln HALL OF FAME on June 26, 2006
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Virginia McKenna ("A Town Like Alice", "Born Free") gives the performance of her career in CARVE HER NAME WITH PRIDE, a spellbinding and dramatic true-life account of one woman's heroic actions during the darkest days of World War II.

Young English widow Violette Szabo (McKenna) enlists to train as a British spy and in her efforts to organise a resistance network in occupied France, is taken prisoner by the Nazis. Szabo's story of courage and conviction is beautifully portrayed in this heartbreaking movie. With Paul Scofield, Jack Warner, Denise Grey, Sydney Tafler, Billie Whitelaw, Anne Leon and Nicole Stephane.
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This was an amazing story. "Carve Her Name With Pride" stars Virginia McKenna as Violette Szabo. Violette is the only daughter to her English father and French mother who married after meeting in World War I. She is the mother of a daughter and the widow of a French soldier killed in North Africa. Since she is fluent in French, she is recruited by the British Special Operations Executive (SOE)to become a spy. She agrees to the hush hush duty telling her parents that she is just driving trucks from point A to point B. While undergoing training, she makes the acquaintance of another SOE candidate played by Paul Scofield. The two kindle a relationship and are eventually partnered in a clandestine mission to France which they successfully complete. Prior to leaving on the mission she gets in a minor tiff with her father and she leaves the room abruptly. In the process, something drops from her purse. Dad notices it and picks it up. It's an English Army Parachutist Badge. Dad quickly realizes that his daughter is doing something much more hazzardous then ferrying trucks around. He returns the badge to her and promises not to say anything. On a second mission just prior to the D-Day invasions at Normandy things go horribly wrong. THIS IS BASED ON A TRUE STORY. Violette Szabo was a remarkably corageous woman. Virginia McKenna was nominated for a second BAFTA Award for Best Actress. She had won the previous year for her portrayal of Jean Paget in "A Town Like Alice."
If you are a World War II history buff and want to learn something about a frequently forgotten aspect of the war, you will love this movie. Also, if you are a fan of Virginia McKenna, which I am, you won't want to let this one get away from you. It's a very suspensful film based on someone who lived the experience.
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A recent vacation on Jersey, observing their history of 5 years of German occupation in the 1940s and their monuments to independence, prompted me to purchase this movie. It reminded me that difficult times grant us opportunity to become extraordinary. It is a story of courage, of wanting life and love and sacrifice to mean something. Yes the film was made a long time ago before snappy technology. The story is the story and worth seeing.
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The casting information for Carve Her Name With Pride is totally wrong. Michael Caine was never in this film. The lead goes to Virginia McKenna and she is brilliant in this. I will be waiting to add this to my collection along with A Town Like Alice, another great J. Arthur Rank production.
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Carve Her Name With Pride, 1958 film

This movie is based on the book of the same title, a history of Violette Szabo. She volunteered for the Special Operations Executive that aided the French Resistance against Nazi Germany. Her father was British, her mother was French, and Violette spoke both languages. She worked as a saleslady in a department store, and met a soldier of the Free French. They married. Her husband died in the Battle of El Alamein. Violette was invited to join the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry to work in the war effort.

She joined the SOE to gather information and aid the French Resistance (sabotage the railroads). Unfortunately, she and her friends were attacked by the German Army. Violette resisted until her Sten gun ran out of bullets. She was captured, interrogated, tortured, and eventually sent to Ravensbruck, the German prison camp for women. She and others were executed there in 1944. Violette Szabo was awarded the George Cross posthumously and other military honors. This movie is based on the book of her life and action in Occupied France. Movies are entertainment not history, so don't complain about some details in this story.
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A bit of history that was put to film very well. It's hard to imagine life in Great Britain during the Second World War so close the the First. This film shows the determination of a woman whose chooses to do her part in the war effort. She was extremely brave.
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I first saw this film in the late nineteen fifties and was very impressed, and seeing it again recently, compliments of Amazon.com, I was equally impressed again. Virginia McKenna plays the part of Violette Szabo beautifully, reminding us all again of the horrors of Nazism.
Truly, we should not allow ourselves to forget what the "scourge of the swastika" was all about and this film goes a long way to help us remember.
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Wonderful story, interestingly told and true, which always makes it better. Virginia McKenna's performance is moving, while low-keyed and superb, as is that of future oscar winner-to-be, Paul Scofield, (best actor, Man for All Seasons). If you love the way movies were once made, then you'll love this black and white gem, and the pleasure will be "yours, and yours, and yours"!
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