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Director:
Writers:
Emeric Pressburger (original story and screenplay)
Rodney Ackland (scenario) ...
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Release Date:
15 April 1942 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
THE MIGHTEST MANHUNT THAT EVER SWEPT THE SCREEN! (original poster-all caps) See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
An Intelligent Thriller Set in Canada! See more (57 total) »

Cast

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Richard George ... Kommandant Bernsdorff
Eric Portman ... Lieutenant Hirth
Raymond Lovell ... Lieutenant Kuhnecke
Niall MacGinnis ... Vogel
Peter Moore ... Kranz
John Chandos ... Lohrmann
Basil Appleby ... Jahner

Laurence Olivier ... Johnnie - the Trapper

Finlay Currie ... The Factor
Ley On ... Nick - the Eskimo
Anton Walbrook ... Peter

Glynis Johns ... Anna
Charles Victor ... Andreas
Frederick Piper ... David

Leslie Howard ... Philip Armstrong Scott
Tawera Moana ... George - the Indian
Eric Clavering ... Art
Charles Rolfe ... Bob

Raymond Massey ... Andy Brock
Theodore Salt ... A United States Customs Officer
O.W. Fonger ... A United States Customs Officer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Robert Beatty ... RCMP Mountie in Alberta (voice) (uncredited)

Elisabeth Bergner ... Anna (uncredited)
Eric Berry ... Nazi Radio Announcer (uncredited)
Gron Davies ... Officer on Submarine (uncredited)
Leslie Falardeau ... Aviator on Seaplane (uncredited)
Lionel Grose ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Jack Hynes ... Aviator on Seaplane (uncredited)
Stuart Latham ... Second Nazi Radio Announcer (uncredited)
Norman Luxton ... Man in fringed jacket on balcony at Banff Indian Day (uncredited)
Vincent Massey ... Prologue Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Percy Parsons ... Hi-Jacked Canadian Motorist (uncredited)
Gerry Wilmot ... Canadian Radio Announcer (uncredited)
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Directed by
Michael Powell 
 
Writing credits
Emeric Pressburger (original story and screenplay)

Rodney Ackland (scenario) and
Emeric Pressburger (scenario)

Produced by
Michael Powell .... producer
George H. Brown .... associate producer (uncredited)
Roland Gillett .... associate producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Ralph Vaughan Williams 
 
Cinematography by
Freddie Young (director of photography) (as Frederick Young)
 
Film Editing by
David Lean 
 
Art Direction by
David Rawnsley 
 
Makeup Department
George Blackler .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Harold Boxall .... in charge of production
George H. Brown .... associate in charge of production (as George Brown)
Roland Gillett .... associate in charge of production
John Sutro .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Arthur Seabourne .... associate director (as A. Seabourne)
 
Art Department
Frederick Pusey .... associate art director
Sydney Streeter .... associate art director (as Sydney S. Streeter)
Peter Cushing .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Walter Darling .... sound recorder
C.C. Stevens .... sound recorder
A.W. Watkins .... sound supervisor
Dex Harrison .... sound engineer (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Osmond Borradaile .... photography: special backgrounds (as Osmond Borrowdaile)
Henty Henty-Creer .... cameraman
Skeets Kelly .... cameraman
Jim Body .... clapper boy (uncredited)
Fred Daniels .... still photographer: portraits (uncredited)
Leslie Falardeau .... camera grip (uncredited)
Jack Hynes .... still photographer (uncredited)
David Mason .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Oscar Paulin .... camera grip (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Hugh Stewart .... associate editor
 
Music Department
Muir Mathieson .... musical director
Phyllis Sellick .... musician: piano, Philip Armstrong Scott segment, on radio (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Nugent M. Clougher .... advisor: Canada
Abraham Bloomfield .... interpreter: Eskimo (uncredited)
Betty Curtis .... continuity (uncredited)
Betty Curtis .... production secretary (uncredited)
Captain Halfyard .... master of "The Continent" (uncredited)
Bill Paton .... assistant: Mr Powell (uncredited)
Bill Paton .... double: Leslie Howard, Lake O'Hara (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The 49th Parallel" - International (English title) (informal title)
"The Forty-Ninth Parallel" - International (English title) (informal title)
"The Invaders" - USA (informal title)
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Runtime:
123 min | USA:104 min | USA:122 min (TV version: M-G-M print)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:K-16 | Norway:12 (re-rating) (1962) | Norway:16 (1946) | Sweden:15 | UK:U | USA:Not Rated | USA:TV-14 (TV rating)

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Trivia:
The 49th Parallel of the title is the circle of latitude 49th parallel north or 49 degrees north. As the film mentions, it represents the border between the US and Canada (which is where most of the film takes place). The 49th Parallel also crosses Europe, Asia, the Pacific Ocean, North America and the Atlantic Ocean.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Philip Armstrong Scott and his men chase the Nazi into the cave it is only just a short while past sunset (about 10pm). But when they drag him out of the cave it is already sunrise.See more »
Quotes:
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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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24 out of 46 people found the following review useful.
An Intelligent Thriller Set in Canada!, 23 February 2004
Author: Prof_Lostiswitz from Cyberia

It's a pity this movie is so little known, as it is so much better than the ridiculous portrayals of Canada in those silly Nelson Eddy movies. With Powell-Pressburger and Laurence Olivier involved, you have a right to expect quality...and you get it.

Pressburger's script won him an Oscar, and this is the best aspect of the film. The U-boat crew on the run through Canada is taken through a variety of communities and landscapes, but setting part of the story in a Hutterite commune was a stroke of genius. These ethnic-German fundamentalists (similar to Mennonites and Amish) are hospitable towards the fugitives, but react with horror to the Lieutenant's attempts to kindle some German patriotism and convert them to his cause. Although the Hutterite leader (nicely played by Anton Walbrook) is made to give some sententious speeches about freedom, the whole episode is very sensitively played and really makes us feel we have set foot inside a Hutterite commune.

Walbrook and Glynis Johns (as a young Hutterite girl) give the best performances, along with Raymond Massey as a Canadian AWOL soldier who discovers his conscience when it is really needed.

The Germans seem like stage-brutes, but it would be unreasonable to expect the subtlety of "Das Boot" in 1941. They are given individual characters, however, notably Niall McGinnis playing a kindly sailor with some scruples - who is executed by his comrades when he prefers to stay with the Hutterites.

Laurence Olivier plays a French Canadian Hudson's Bay Company factor. Although his performance is rotten, the character is interesting. The script bravely has him express pro-fascist sympathies before he discovers the true nature of the intruders, and this actually represents French-Canadian opinion in 1941; the Nazi commander tries to undermine his loyalty by referring to English oppression, a useless foreign war, etc. A film made by Canadians would never have dared to touch these sensitive subjects.

The tone and pacing of the film are similar to Hitchcock. It works very nicely as popular entertainment; you have to tolerate some patriotic speeches, but there are only about four, and reasonably well-expressed. The democratic message is better conveyed by the interactions between the fugitives and the unconcerned civilians living in a democratic society.

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