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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.
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.
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.
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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This movie was special to me - I was born in the middle of WWII. It was very moving.Published 5 days ago by Carmen Pitts
The best movie I have seen in a very long time. Shows how strong a woman can be in serving and defending her country.
I will watch it again.
very clean but sad movie. Can be watched with young ones. Some war scenes/torture and a little blood but other than that great moviePublished 23 days ago by Kruus
A brave woman indeed. There were so many during WW II.......Published 1 month ago by Howard Sheward