Decision Before Dawn (21-Dec-1951)|
Director: Anatole Litvak
Writer: Peter Viertel
From novel: Call It Treason by George Howe
Music: Franz Waxman
Producers: Anatole Litvak; Frank McCarthy
Keywords: Drama, WWII
||The Murderers Are Among Us
||All About Eve
||Jules et Jim
|Richard Basehart|| ... Lt. Rennick|
|Gary Merrill|| ... Col. Devlin|
|Oskar Werner|| ... Happy|
|Hildegard Knef|| ... Hilde|
|Dominique Blanchar|| ... Monique|
|O. E. Hasse|| ... Von Ecker|
|Wilfried Seyfert|| ... Scholtz (SS Man)|
|Hans Christian Blech|| ... Tiger|
|Helene Thimig|| ... Fräulein Schneider|
|Robert Freytag|| ... Paul|
|George Tyne|| ... Sgt. Griffin|
|and the following members of the US Armed Forces Europe|
|C. A. Amos|| ... 1st Lt. USAF|
|H. L. Benedict|| ... Staff Sgt. USAF|
|H. W. Briggs|| ... Sgt. USA|
|D. G. Devine|| ... Cpl. USAF|
|L. E. Dixon|| ... Maj. USA|
|B. L. Hendrickson|| ... Technical Sgt. USA|
|D. Kogel|| ... Pvt. USA|
|S. I. Rice|| ... Pfc. USA|
|F. Slaman|| ... Pfc. USA|
|J. E. Stratton|| ... Sgt. USA|
Review by William H. Smeck (posted on 27-Mar-2005)
This film is very realistic of the period...
The last days of the Third Reich, with devestating destruction from allied bombing raids affecting civilian and military movement, combined with Allied armies advancing on both Eastern and Western fronts, does not deter the organization of the German military machine and the continued, operationally efficient, ruthless NAZI mentality to be deadly to its own people.
In this film, a single German soldier decides to side with the Allies to do what he can to end the war as quickly as possible in his effort to save what remains of his country and innocent lives.
The way he does this is to become a turncoat spy for the allies to track German army units and report the information back to a very skeptical United States Army officer.
This individual has, in his travels meet with a friendly but shiftless German Army courier, work in a German Army hospital for a physician, and work with a fellow turncoat who is not as committed as he. At the same time he is tracked, discovered, and almost caught by the very efficient German Military police.
The scenes are authentic damaged German cities, in authentic German towns just after the end of the Second World War, not computer generated or mock up's of Hollywood back lots.
The main character, Oscar Werner, was very convincing as a German realist and pacificist (if that term can be combined in one sentence) in his role as and Army medic turncoat at the very end of the war.
This is a 'Must See' picture, not just for the reality of the story, time, and scenes but also for the excellent acting of many of the characters.
Black and White... Period German Last Days of WWII Situation
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