The residents of a British village during WWII welcome a platoon of soldiers who are to be billeted with them. The trusting residents then discover that the soldiers are Germans who proceed to hold the village captive. Written by
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Basil Sydney refused to re-record some dialogue, saying that he was a member of a religious sect whose members were forbidden to look upon their own image. See more »
The telegram is addressed to Mrs Frazer - with a Z, but the character is listed as Fraser - with an S. Also in the churchyard after Major Hammond shoots the vicar, a memorial plaque for the fallen in the 1914-18 war lists Maj I G K Fraser also with an S, presumably a relative. In a small village like Bramley End the village shopkeeper, Mrs Collins, would have known the correct spelling. See more »
[after witnessing one of the "Royal Engineers" abuse an inquisitive boy]
Oh, you great beast! You great bullying brute you, knocking a child about! You're a disgrace to your uniform! Why, you're no better than a German, - that's what you are!
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"Went the Day Well? We died and never knew, but, well or ill, freedom, we died for you" See more »
A still chilling story of german invasion to an ordinary sleepy english village sixty years ago. This brilliantly captured the very real possibility of what could have happened during the first years of world war 2. If you tend to stay away from "older" films because they're too distant and difficult to relate to I strongly recommend this, the characters are believable and the way the story is told is very realistic and not at all sentimental. There are some quite powerful scenes which are quite shocking and totally unexpected in a film this old. (9/10)
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