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The Cross of Lorraine

The Cross of Lorraine

Tay Garnett (1943)

90min
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Review

Our Score
This sincere, well-made - and sometimes brutal - wartime tribute to the French Resistance tells the story of a group of PoWs held in a Nazi concentration camp. Yet, despite MGM's top-notch production values and a fine cast, it is difficult to accept the likes of Gene Kelly, Cedric Hardwicke and Peter Lorre in such a grim drama - only dashing Jean-Pierre Aumont and nasty Hume Cronyn really convince. Still, as a piece of propaganda, the movie did its job exceptionally well.

Summary

French soldiers promised their freedom if they surrender in the early days of the German occupation are instead sent to a brutal prison camp. While some collaborate with their captors, one refuses to give up, inspiring the others to continue the fight. Second World War drama, starring Gene Kelly, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Cedric Hardwicke, Peter Lorre and Hume Cronyn.

Cast & Crew

Paul Jean-Pierre Aumont
Victor Gene Kelly
Father Sebastian Cedric Hardwicke
François Richard Whorf
Rodriguez Joseph Calleia
Sergeant Berger Peter Lorre
Duval Hume Cronyn
Louis Billy Roy
Director Tay Garnett
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Other Information

Language: English Black and White Theatrical distributor: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Drama

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