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The 25th Hour (1967)

La vingt-cinquième heure (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, War | 26 April 1967 (France)
In World War II, a Romanian gentile peasant is denounced by the village gendarme and sent to a concentration camp for Jews where, due to an error, he's drafted into the S.S.

Director:

Henri Verneuil
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Anthony Quinn ... Johann Moritz
Virna Lisi ... Suzanna Moritz
Grégoire Aslan ... Dobresco
Michael Redgrave ... Defense Lawyer
Marcel Dalio ... Strul (as Dalio)
Jan Werich ... Sgt. Constantin
Harold Goldblatt Harold Goldblatt ... Isaac Nagy
Alexander Knox ... D.A.
Liam Redmond ... Father Koruga
Meier Tzelniker Meier Tzelniker ... Abramovici
Kenneth J. Warren Kenneth J. Warren ... Insp. Varga
John Le Mesurier ... Tribunal President
Serge Reggiani ... Trajan Koruga
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Ayres
Robert Beatty ... Col. Greenfield
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Storyline

During World War II, Johann Moritz (Anthony Quinn), a Romanian gentile peasant, whose pretty wife is lusted after by the village gendarme, is denounced as being Jewish, arrested, and sent to a concentration camp. In the camp, the camp commander mistakes him for a new recruit, a volunteer to the S.S. and he is drafted into the S.S. Ironically, after the war, he is detained by the Allied authorities for his wartime involvement with the S.S. Written by nufs68

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A Love Story That Rises Above the Tides of Battle! See more »

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

France | Italy | Yugoslavia

Language:

French | English | Romanian

Release Date:

26 April 1967 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Twenty See more »

Filming Locations:

Romania See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The original European print release ran three hours and sixteen minutes. The American release and subsequent DVD runs two hours and ten minutes. See more »

Goofs

Quinn's character is taken prisoner by the U.S. 24th Infantry Division in 1945. This couldn't have happened as the 24th was fighting in the Philippines at that time and would later be sent to Japan on occupation duties. See more »

Quotes

Johann Moritz: I keep forgetting, I'm not a prisoner.
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Connections

Edited into Voskovec & Werich - paralelní osudy (2012) See more »

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One of the best anti-war films of all time !
15 March 2011 | by santasa99See all my reviews

One of the best anti-war films of all time !

Maybe this movie isn't a masterpiece, yet, there is no doubt its one of the best, if not the best, anti-war films of all times. Also Antony gave us one of his best, as well as Virna Lisi.

I sincerely recommends this anti-war satire in the best spirit of work of Henri Verneuil, the giant of the French cinema.

As one person said in his comment: "Get it. See it. You will remember it."

I couldn't agree more! For this is a timeless tale, told in a movie which after forty five years is still fresh and current.


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