49th Parallel (The Invaders) (1941)
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as Kommandant Bernsdorff
as Lieutenant Hirth
as Lieutenant Kuhnecke
as Philip Armstrong Scott
as Andy Brock
as U.S. Customs Officer
as George the Indian
as U.S. Customs Officer
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Critic Reviews for 49th Parallel (The Invaders)
49th Parallel is excellent entertainment and, at the same time, can claim to be the most carefully reasoned piece of anti-Nazi propaganda we have yet seen.
Michael Powell is to be congratulated on his persistence with this at first apparently ill-starred film. It is an admirable piece of work from every point of view and credit should be given to everyone connected with the finished product.
The major asset of Michael Powell's expectedly propagandistic British film, which was nominated for the Best Picture Oscar (under the title The Invaders) is its accomplished ensemble, including Olivier and Eric Porter.
Musty propaganda. This one didn't age that well.
Audience Reviews for 49th Parallel (The Invaders)
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.
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.
sure it's wartime propaganda but it's stylishly done and wonderful fun. we'd expect nothing less from the archers. a stranded u-boat crew tries to make their way to safety across canada after losing their vessel in hudson bay. anton walbrook and leslie howard are standouts in a cast of great character actors. olivier almost spoils it with a horrible french accent in early scenes but don't let it put u off the film; he won't be around for long. the canadian backdrop is a refreshing change from other WW2 era films.
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