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Against the Wind

  • Drama
  • 1947
  • Charles Crichton
  • 91 mins
  • PG

Summary

A Belgian priest living in exile in Britain during the Second World War becomes a secret agent for the Allies, but his first mission is a disaster, leading to the capture of a resistance leader. Four soldiers are sent into occupied France to rescue the insurgent, but begin to realise they have a traitor in their midst. Thriller, starring Jack Warner and Simone Signoret.

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Review

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Although he is best known as the screenwriter of several classic Ealing comedies, including The Lavender Hill Mob and Passport to Pimlico, TEB Clarke could turn his hand to several genres, as this tale of spy-school treachery, co-written with Michael Pertwee, proves. Paying tribute to the contribution of saboteurs to the war effort, the film owes a debt to the pseudo-documentary style of such Hollywood thrillers as The House on 92nd Street and 13 Rue Madeleine. Jack Warner and Simone Signoret stand out in a cast packed with dependable character actors, although they are slightly hampered by director Charles Crichton's preoccupation with authentic detail.

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Credits

Cast

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Father PhillipRobert Beatty
MicheleSimone Signoret
Max CronkJack Warner
Johnny DuncanGordon Jackson
Jacques PicquartPaul Dupuis
JulieGisèle Préville
Emile MeyerJohn Slater
AndrewPeter Illing
AckermanJames Robertson-Justice
MalouSybilla Binder
Marie BerlotHelen Hanson
Marcel van HeckeEugene Deckers
AbbotAndré Morell
CommandantGilbert Davis
FrankieAndrew Blackett
VerrekerArthur Lawrence
BalthazarLeo de Pokorny
CareyRory MacDermot

Crew

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DirectorCharles Crichton

Details

Theatrical distributor
General Film Dist Ltd
Language
English
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Black and white
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