Before Winter Comes

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In this bitter drama that takes place in the immediate aftermath of World War II, British Major Giles Burnside (David Niven) is assigned to a Austrian refugee camp, his orders to send the masses of displaced civilians to either the Russian or the American zone. Burnside is a by-the-books commander but has trouble making himself understood in the gaggle of different languages. But one of the refugees, Janovic, (Topol), is energetic and can speak many languages and Burnside hires him as his interpreter. Janovic quickly conveys Burnsides's directives and gets the way station running efficiently. Janovic even has time to romance a lovely innkeeper, Maria (Anna Karina). But Janovic's love for Maria hits a brick wall when he finds that she is carrying on an illicit affair with Burnside. As the remaining refugees are being dispatched to the different zones of occupation, Janovic is found to be a Russian deserter who must be returned to the Russian mainland to be executed. Burnside offers to help him escape, but Janovic can't decide whether to trust Burnside or not. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi


David Niven
as Maj. Giles Burnside
as Janovic
John Hurt
as Lt. Francis Pilkington
Anthony Quayle
as Brigadier-General Bewley
Ori Levy
as Kamenev
John Collin
as Sgt. Woody
Guy Deghy
as Kovacs
Mark Malicz
as Komenski
Gertan Klauber
as Russian Major
Jeffry Wickham
as Captain Boots
Constantin de Goguel
as Russian Corporal
Harry Kalenberg
as Policeman
John Savident
as British Corporal
Karin Schroeder
as Pregnant Girl
Karel Stepanek
as Count Derassy
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