The Seventh Cross (1944)
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Fred Zinnemann directed this World War II drama, considered one of the best anti-Nazi dramas produced by Hollywood during the war years. The story concerns seven prisoners in a Nazi concentration camp who manage to elude the guards and the Gestapo. The commandant, in a rage over their escape, nails crosses to seven trees, planning to crucify each of the prisoners as they are captured. Gradually six of the prisoners are discovered by the Gestapo and crucified. The one remaining escapee, George
Jul 24, 1944 Wide
Oct 23, 1991
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If you will accept this premise, despite the evidence of recent deeds, then you should be both moved and shaken by the better part of this film.
With Tracy heading the cast and a host of great character actors in support, it's hardly surprising that the performances are the most memorable aspect of Zinnemann's first major feature.
One of the best of the swarms of anti-Nazi films Hollywood produced during the war years.
Spencer Tracy, usually solid, is miscast as a German who escapes from concentration camp, but then the whole saga is fake, compared to Zinnemann's later works.
Tracy is superb, while Zinnemann delivers a powerful piece of work that accurately captures the sense of time and place.
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