La Vingt-cinquième heure (The 25th Hour)

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Adapted from the novel by C. Virgil Gheorghiu, this satirical concentration-camp drama from Turkish-born French director Henri Verneuil stars Anthony Quinn as Johann Moritz, a Romanian peasant who experiences the horrors of World War II when the Nazis invade his country. Because local police chief Dobresco (Gregoire Aslan) is anamorous towards Moritz's wife Suzanna (Virna Lisi), he has the lowly fieldhand falsely labeled a Jew and sent to a work camp. Moritz's troubles continue to mount, as his wife is threatened with losing their property unless she divorces him. Also starring Michael Redgrave, La Vingt-cinquième heure is also known as The 25th Hour, though it should not be confused with and bears no resemblance to the 2002 Spike Lee film of the same name. ~ Matthew Tobey, Rovi

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Cast

Anthony Quinn
as Johann Moritz
Virna Lisi
as Suzanna Moritz
Serge Reggiani
as Trajan Koruga
Grégoire Aslan
as Nicolai Dobresco
Michael Redgrave
as Defense Counsel
Jan Werich
as Sgt. Apostol Constantin
Marius Goring
as Col. Muller
Alexander Knox
as Prosecutor
Liam Redmond
as Father Koruga
Meier Tzelniker
as Abramovici
John Le Mesurier
as Magistrate
George Roderick
as Goldenberg
Jacques Marin
as Fourrier
Albert Remy
as Joseph Grenier
Jean Desailly
as War Minister's Aide
Drewe Henley
as Capt. Brunner
Paul Maxwell
as Photographer
David Sumner
as Ghitza Jon
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The 25th Hour has all the surface characteristics of a great movie but its greatness is only skin deep. It nags rather than indicts.

Oct 3, 2018 | Full Review…

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