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Four In A Jeep: Director's Cut
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Ralph Meeker, Viveka Lindfors. Following WWII, Vienna is divided into four zones: American, English, French and Russian. In this poignant historical drama, Jeep patrols from the four Allied nations are sent to capture a runaway Soviet who escaped with his wife from the Russian zone and who wants to escape into the West. 1951/b&w/99 min/NR/fullscreen.
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This is the story of one of those jeep patrols and the refugees that want to escape to the West and out of the Russian Zone.
Not an Academy Award winner, however it is an important piece of history back when the Russians tried to rule Europe and the West tried to prevent it.
Be aware also that the joint Swiss-American production has a lot of non-English dialogue, which is not very well subtitled.
I agree with the other reviewers who admire the location shooting in Vienna and make favourable comparisons with The Third Man. In some ways, this film is a superior document of those times; the scenes at the railway station where families are greeting returning ex-POWs are very powerful. Viveca Lindfors, who plays the faithful wife waiting for her husband to be released, gives a convincing and nuanced performance in a role that binds the documentary and dramatic elements of the film.
The DVD contains, as an extra, a propaganda film made in 1945 for US servicemen stationed in occupied Germany, explaining why they must never trust Germans. It is an interesting document of its time, although the transfer is awful (jerky images).
The distributor should put English subtitles on, if they can't clean up the soundtrack. That way it would be easier to follow....
What makes this movie memorable is the fantastic location shooting and the beautiful allure of Swedish actress Viveca Lindfors.