Five Graves to Cairo (1943)
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Billy Wilder's Five Graves to Cairo is the third take on Lajos Biro's theatrical tale of romance and espionage, Hotel Imperial. This time, the action is transplanted from World War I Galicia to World War II Egypt as Rommel's Afrika Corps viciously forces the British Army to retreat towards Cairo. Protagonist John J. Bramble (Franchot Tone) is stranded in the Sahara, the lone survivor of a British tank crew. In shock and suffering from sunstroke, Corporal Bramble deliriously staggers across the
Jan 1, 1943 Wide
Jun 10, 1997
John J. Bramble
Erich von Stroheim
Field Marshal Rommel
Peter van Eyck
Maj. von Buelow
English Tank Commander
Director Billy Wilder handles the varied story elements, countless suspenseful moments and vivid portrayals in excellent fashion.
It has a little something for all tastes, provided you don't give a darn.
Intelligently told, excellently acted and superbly photographed wartime espionage thriller.
Wilder and Charles Brackett keep the suspense consistently wry and barbed
This cleverly orchestrated espionage/war drama (with a patriotic coda befitting its year of production, 1943) is enhanced by subtle touches of humour, all emanating from character, which makes it a triple joy as a classic from Billy Wilder
Wilder's work is known for its bitter cynicism and able balancing of absurdity with dead seriousness, but this film, while enjoyable, shows an uncertainty of tone.
Billy Wilder's Oscar-nominated espionage thriller, a fictitious account of how Rommel was foiled by the Brits, is entertaining in large measure due to Erich von Stroheim's performance
Early, often overlooked Wilder with a classic Stroheim performance.
Wilder's second film in America is a Second World War espionage drama that is both witty and tense.
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- Fünf Gräber bis Kairo (DE)
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