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The Passage (1979)

During World War II, a Basque shepherd is approached by the underground, who wants him to lead a scientist and his family across the Pyrenees while being pursued by a sadistic German.

Director:

J. Lee Thompson

Writers:

Bruce Nicolaysen (novel), Bruce Nicolaysen (screenplay)

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Anthony Quinn ... The Basque
James Mason ... Prof. John Bergson
Malcolm McDowell ... Capt. Von Berkow
Patricia Neal ... Ariel Bergson
Kay Lenz ... Leah Bergson
Christopher Lee ... The Gypsy
Paul Clemens ... Paul Bergson
Robert Rhys Robert Rhys ... Gypsy Son
Marcel Bozzuffi ... Perea
Michael Lonsdale ... Alain Renoudot
Peter Arne ... Guide
Neville Jason Neville Jason ... Lt. Reinke
Robert Brown ... Major
Rose Alba Rose Alba ... Madame Alba
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Storyline

During World War II, a Basque shepherd is approached by the underground, who wants him to lead a scientist and his family across the Pyrenees while being pursued by a sadistic German.

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Taglines:

A howling white hell, Nazi hunters -- and a Basque guide who became a giant among men. See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | War

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

26 February 1979 (Turkey) See more »

Also Known As:

The Passage See more »

Filming Locations:

Pyrénées, France See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$70,461, 11 March 1979

Gross USA:

$1,101,186

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,101,186
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Uma Thurman said of this movie on 12/10/2003: "When I was young there was one called The Passage (1979). It horrified me. I think Malcolm McDowell chopped off someone's fingers. I never got over it." See more »

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finger chopping scene
8 October 2006 | by mombasa_peteSee all my reviews

Yes many dislike it but this film in the performance of McDowell manages to capture everything that was terrifying about the Nazi regime, there is an authentic atmosphere of dread and oppression, more so than any other film about WW2 made, how it was in occupied territories.

The stand out scene is the one where he interrogates the Michel Lonsdale resistance man, and chops off his fingers while cooking dinner, we don't see it the camera pans away, but it still is terrifying! More so than any Texas chainsaw film! Yes they really did things like this the SS! Watch it now!


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