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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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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.
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...Read more ›
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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THHIS IS A TOP NOTCH MOVIE. ALL THE ACTORS WERE SUPRISINGLY GREAT IN THEIR ROLES.Published 6 days ago by Louie the Lip
I love this movie. Always have. Saw it years ago.the ending is v. Stirring. Yes i know it is a simplified and romantic story and nothing like what it must have been like to live... Read morePublished 5 months ago by bdgirl67
By luck while channel surfing got to see this excellent movie on TCM. Wow, what a surprise! The acting was superb in my opinion with Nazi suspense in wondering who would be caught... Read morePublished 8 months ago by MARIE M.
A classic, film noir about a family torn between the underground movement in Nazi Germany and being loyal to the Third Reich. A real thriller, it has an unexpected, happy ending. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Glen
PLOT: Anti Nazi movement from inside Germany~ VERY Good.
1941~ two brothers have opposing views of the Nazi Régime. Read more
Very good WW2 drama about the underground in Germany and how in this case brother turned on brother only to realize it was too late and he should have joined the underground... Read morePublished on July 20, 2014 by Ronald J. Hall
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