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Decision Before Dawn

Decision Before Dawn (1951)

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With the Third Reich disintegrating, several members of the German army are defecting to the Americans and offering their services as spies. US officer Gary Merrill trusts none of these last-minute "converts", but German prisoner Oskar Werner seems to be sincere. Werner insists that by helping the Americans, he is saving Germany from destruction. Merrill sends Werner behind enemy lines for counter-espionage with an American officer (Richard Basehart), who still isn't convinced that the German

May 23, 2006

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Werner, who served in the Axis forces during the war, gives a magnetic performance.

January 31, 2012 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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An outstanding production in all aspects.

January 31, 2012 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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It's most noted for being more sympathetic to peace loving German soldiers than are most American war films.

April 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Litvak's intriguing account of U.S. Intelligence operation during the last year of WWII was nominated for the Best Picture Oscar, boasting a good performance from the young Oskar Werner as a sensitive and naive German soldier-traitor.

January 24, 2008 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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The film manages to be suitably hard on the Nazi regime while providing one of the first sympathetic treatments of the German people.

May 2, 2006 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
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Audience Reviews for Decision Before Dawn

WWII drama about a group of German P.O.W.'s who were persuaded to spy for the allied war effort. Part docu-drama, part Hollywood propaganda. Entertaining but less than substantial.
May 22, 2010
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I would thought that the appetite for these types of films would have waned once the war ended but here we have another mainly propaganda type film that is mildly entertaining if not deep. Perhaps this was to rally the troops to get ready for Korea.
July 25, 2013
John Ballantine

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A World War 2 spy movie that was nominated for Best Picture and forgotten immediately thereafter, and for mostly good reasons. In the name of full disclosure I'll admit that I was mostly distracted by other things when I was watching this. Similar to Rio Grande, I found that this had a very long build up and by the time they got to their actual mission I had sort of lost interest and started screwing around on my laptop while watching it.
July 5, 2008
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