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49th Parallel (1941)

Not Rated  |   |  Drama, War, Thriller  |  15 April 1942 (USA)
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A WW2 U-boat crew is stranded in northern Canada. To avoid internment, they must make their way to the border and get into the still-neutral USA.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard George ...
Eric Portman ...
Raymond Lovell ...
Lieutenant Kuhnecke
Niall MacGinnis ...
Vogel
Peter Moore ...
Kranz
John Chandos ...
Lohrmann
Basil Appleby ...
Jahner
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Johnnie - the Trapper
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The Factor
Ley On ...
Nick - the Eskimo
Anton Walbrook ...
Peter
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Anna
Charles Victor ...
Andreas
Frederick Piper ...
David
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Philip Armstrong Scott
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Storyline

In the early years of World War II, a German U-boat (U-37) sinks Allied shipping in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and then tries to evade Canadian Military Forces seeking to destroy it by sailing up to Hudson Bay. The U-boat's Fanatical Nazi captain sends some members of his crew to look for food and other supplies at a Hudson Bay Company outpost. No sooner than the shore party (lead by Lieutenant Hirth) reaches the shore, the U-boat is spotted and sunk by the Canadian Armed Forces leaving the six members of the shore party stranded in Canada. The Nazi Lieutenant then starts to plan his crews' return to the Fatherland. He needs to reach the neutral United States or be captured. Along the way they meet a variety of characters each with their own views on the war and nationalism. In this film Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger show their ideas of why the United States should join the Allied fight against the Nazis. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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nazi | u boat | canada | seaplane | fight | See All (43) »

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THE MIGHTEST MANHUNT THAT EVER SWEPT THE SCREEN! (original poster-all caps) See more »

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Drama | War | Thriller

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15 April 1942 (USA)  »

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49th Parallel  »

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£132,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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Trivia

In the final scene of the film, showing the boxcar carrying the German sailor and Canadian soldier being returned from the US to Canada, the train is shown moving backwards right to left over the Niagara River, which is flowing towards the screen. This is a geographic impossibility: the Niagara River flows south to north, with the US shore always west of the Canadian shore. As a result, the film shows the train moving from Canada to the US; a correct shot would have shown either the train moving left to right or the river flowing away from the screen. See more »

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During the chess game, the coordinates given are backwards. White's move h2-g3, would be on the right-hand side of the board from White's perspective, while Black's pawn move from b7-b5 would be on Black's right side. In the movie, both moves are made from the respective player's left-hand side. See more »

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Prologue: I see a long, straight line athwart a continent. No chain of forts, or deep flowing river, or mountain range, but a line drawn by men upon a map, nearly a century ago, accepted with a handshake, and kept ever since. A boundary which divides two nations, yet marks their friendly meeting ground. The 49th parallel: the only undefended frontier in the world.
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(Spoken introduction) "I see a long straight line athwart a continent. No chain of forts, or deep flowing river, or mountain range, but a line drawn by men upon a map nearly a century ago, accepted by a handshake and kept ever since. A boundary which divides two nations yet marks their friendly meeting grounds, the 49th parallel, the longest undefended frontier in the world." See more »

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" Your leader is hell bent on wrapping the world in Barbed Wire? "
28 April 2014 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Emeric Pressburger wrote the book which inspired this movie called " 49th Parallel " or 'The Invaders' and which was later directed by Michael Powell, neither could have dreamed, such a small movie could have ever garnered such world wide attention. From it's inception to the finished scene, one is impressed by the remarkable journey of the main characters and their trek through the rugged Canadian wilderness. That journey begins when a German U-Boat surfaces in the waters of Canada. Stopping for supplies, the Submarine is suddenly attacked by the Canadaian military and within minutes is sunk. Only a handful of men escape and they proceed to the interior of the country where they hope to be rescued by German compatriots. all the while they kidnapped, maim and murder anyone who confronts their Nazi Philosophy. Throughout the rest of the movie the Germans which include their leader try to blend in wherever they travel weather it be through religious settlements or high mountain campsites. For American audiences, it's disturbing to visually search for the international actors like Laurence Olivier, Leslie Howard and Raymond Massey scattered throughout the film. Still, it's worth it as they do so well at keeping our interest glued to the screen. It's also noteworthy to learn the film and it's author as well as the director secured a multitude of awards. Therefore, the movie is easily recommended to any and all seeking entertainment. ****


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