49th Parallel

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In the early days of World War II, a German U-boat is sunk in Canada's Hudson Bay. Hoping to evade capture, a small band of German soldiers led by commanding officer Lieutenant Hirth (Eric Portman) attempts to cross the border into the United States, which has not yet entered the war and is officially neutral. Along the way, the German soldiers encounter brave men such as French-Canadian fur trapper Johnnie (Laurence Olivier) and soldier Andy Brock (Raymond Massey).

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Audience Reviews for 49th Parallel (The Invaders)

  • Jul 10, 2018
    It's Canada and the Nazi's are not only a pain to Poland, to Europe but, holy smokes, they're in Canada as well. Can 11 million red-blooded, Canadians put 6 goosestepping, Hitler-loving, nogoodniks in check, in time"? This bit of English made wartime propaganda is especially interesting as the action happens episodically and across the lower half of the country. And its message is far less over-the-top than most American productions ever were.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Nov 04, 2011
    I know this film was meant to rally the US to take action in the war effort, but 49th Parallel is a propaganda film whose polemics would make Eisenstein blush. Plus, Olivier doesn't just chew the scenery, he swallows it whole.
    Jonathan H Super Reviewer
  • Sep 05, 2010
    I caught this movie on TV and was bored at once. I'm not a big fan of military type movies in the first place, but this one didn't catch my interest at all.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • May 01, 2010
    Ensemble war drama of a nazi U-boat crew trying to escape Canada is filled with fine performances and served as propaganda to encourage the U.S. to get into WWII. Niall MacGinnis stands out but all the actors are good even if Olivier overdoes it a bit with the French Canadian accent. One of Leslie Howard's last films before he himself became a casualty of the war.
    jay n Super Reviewer

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