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The Cross of Lorraine (1943)

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The time is World War II. A group of disillusioned French soldiers are approached by Nazi troops and promised safe passage to their homeland. The Frenchmen willingly surrender, only to discover that their next destination is a German concentration camp located near a Gallic village. The anticipated escape attempt results in an uprising from the French villagers--hence the film's title, which refers to the emblem of the Free-French underground. Cross of Lorraine compensates for its Hollywood's-eye view of France (no more realistic than the Paris of the Ernst Lubitsch musicals) with some remarkably graphic sequences showing the extent of German brutality. The melting-pot cast includes Frenchman Jean-Pierre Aumont as a patriot, Hungarian Peter Lorre as a hateful Nazi, American Gene Kelly as a cynical victim of German torture, and Canadian Hume Cronyn as the traditionally rodent-like informer.

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Gene Kelly
as Victor
Cedric Hardwicke
as Father Sebastian
Richard Whorf
as Francois
Joseph Calleia
as Rodriguez
Peter Lorre
as Sgt. Berger
Billy Roy
as Louis
Tonio Selwart
as Maj. Bruhl
Jack Lambert
as Jacques
Richard Ryen
as Lt. Schmidt
Dick Ryan
as Lt. Schmidt
Frederick Giermann
as Corp. Daxer
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Where the censors asleep the day they looked at this? Considering the time period remarkably brutal POW drama. Well acted and compelling.

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