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The Mortal Storm (1940)

Passed  -  Drama  -  14 June 1940 (USA)
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The Roth family lead a quiet life in a small village in the German Alps during the early 1930's. When the Nazi's come to power, the family is divided and Martin Brietner, a family friend is... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Freya Roth
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Martin Breitner
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Fritz Marberg
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Professor Roth
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Otto Von Rohn
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Elsa
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Mrs. Roth
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Erich Von Rohn
Maria Ouspenskaya ...
Mrs. Breitner
Gene Reynolds ...
Rudi
Russell Hicks ...
Rector
William Edmunds ...
Lehman
Esther Dale ...
Marta
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Holl (as Dan Dailey Jr.)
Granville Bates ...
Professor Berg
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Storyline

The Roth family lead a quiet life in a small village in the German Alps during the early 1930's. When the Nazi's come to power, the family is divided and Martin Brietner, a family friend is caught up in the turmoil. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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german | alps | nazi | engagement | village | See more »

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Drama

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14 June 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La tempête qui tue  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film was banned for release in Germany by Adolf Hitler for its direct Anti-Nazi sentiments. As a result, all MGM films from that point forward would also be banned in the country for simply being produced and distributed by the same studio as this film. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[white clouds appear; they quickly turn to storm clouds]
Narrator: When man was new upon the earth, he was frightened by the dangers of the elements. He cried out, "The gods of the lightning are angry, and I must kill my fellow man to appease them!" As man grew bolder, he created shelters against the wind and the rain and made harmless the force of the lightning. But within man himself were elements strong as the wind and terrible as the lightning. And he denied the existence of these ...
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Soundtracks

Close Up the Ranks
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Written by S.F. Cameron
Sung by bar patrons
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One Of The 10 Best Films Made In The 20th Century
27 December 2000 | by (Murfreesboro, Tennessee USA) – See all my reviews

I have been an avid film buff for many years, and I thought I had seen all of the best, until I first saw "The Mortal Storm" in 1989 on late night television. This film which is from the novel by Phyllis Bottome, is without question one of the most well constructed films I have ever seen. This film was produced and released in 1940, before World War II was declared, and was a very courageous undertaking, considering the subject matter. But then Metro Goldwyn Mayer was noted for doing almost the impossible. The character study of these individuals, whose lives are totally disrupted is remarkable. This film should be shown to every student who is learning the true facts about world history. Personally I rate this film with an A+.


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