Five Graves to Cairo

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It's World War II, and British soldier John Bramble (Franchot Tone) is the lone survivor of a brutal battle in Egypt. After wandering through the desert, Bramble finds a remote hotel. There, in order to stay alive, he assumes a false identity. When the famed German general Rommel (Erich von Stroheim), aka the Desert Fox, arrives at the hotel, Bramble realizes he's being taken for a German spy. Can this lowly British soldier turn the tide in the war and foil Germany's plans in North Africa?

Cast & Crew

Franchot Tone
Cpl. John J. Bramble, Paul Davos
Erich von Stroheim
Field Marshal Erwin Rommel
Peter van Eyck
Lt. Schwegler
Fortunio Bonanova
Gen. Sebastiano
Konstantin Shayne
Maj. Von Buelow
Fred Nurney
Maj. Lamprecht
Miles Mander
Colonel Fitzhume
Leslie Denison
British Captain
Billy Wilder
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Critic Reviews for Five Graves to Cairo

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Audience Reviews for Five Graves to Cairo

  • Feb 24, 2018
    Literally in the middle of the Sahara Desert a small but desperate drama unfolds during the early days of World War 2: the British are being beaten back by the incomparable Desert Fox, Rommel (von Stroheim, in his very element!) and it looks as if they'll lose Africa altogether. A lone British soldier, delirious with heat exhaustion, beaten in battle, wanders right into the very path of the German war machine. What happens next is expertly handled by Wilder in this forgotten wartime tale of suspense and intrigue. The scene with Anne Baxter and von Stroheim alone in his bedroom is nearly worth the price of admission by itself.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Dec 04, 2012
    fun wartime espionage thriller set in the sahara. franchot tone makes a fine dashing lead, a british soldier stranded in the desert and overtaken by the nazi high command, with anne baxter as his haughty love interest, a french hotel maid desperate to make a deal with them. and how can one go wrong with erich von stroheim as field marshall rommel. akim tamiroff is a wee bit over the top but there's suspense, comedy, romance, really something for everyone. watch the first scene and see if you're not hooked
    Stella D Super Reviewer

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