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Five Graves to Cairo (1943)

Approved  |   |  Thriller, War  |  4 May 1943 (USA)
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During World War 2, an undercover British soldier tries get word to the Allies that the Germans have tons of supplies buried in 5 excavations across Egypt.

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Originally made with a German soundtrack for screening in occupied Germany and Austria, this film was the first documentary to show what the Allies found when they liberated the Nazi ... See full summary »

Director: Billy Wilder
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Cpl. John J. Bramble / Paul Davos
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Mouche
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Farid
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Lt. Schwegler (as Peter Van Eyck)
Fortunio Bonanova ...
Gen. Sebastiano
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June, 1942. The British Army, retreating ahead of victorious Rommel, leaves a lone survivor on the Egyptian border--Corporal John Bramble, who finds refuge at a remote desert hotel...soon to be German HQ. To survive, Bramble assumes an identity which proves perilous. The new guest of honor is none other than Rommel, hinting of his secret strategy, code-named 'five graves.' And the fate of the British in Egypt depends on whether a humble corporal can penetrate the secret... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Did a Woman Start the Rout of Rommel?

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4 May 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cinco tumbas al Cairo  »

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$855,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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Twentieth Century-Fox studio loaned actress Anne Baxter to Paramount Studios to play Mouche in this movie. See more »

Goofs

In different shots, the pepper and salt shakers on the table in front of Rommel change positions, inexplicably, as he taunts his captives with his plan. See more »

Quotes

Mouche: I'm not afraid of generals...
Lt. Schwegler: You're not?
Mouche: ...it's lieutenants I'm afraid of.
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If Erich Von Stroheim didn't exist Hollywood would have had to invent him
10 August 2004 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

This 1943 World War II film is Billy Wilder's second directorial effort and it's a pretty good outing. According to a recent biography of Wilder, Cary Grant was offered the lead and turned it down, saying he didn't feel like going on location in the desert near Yuma, Arizona in August. The part then fell to Franchot Tone who gave a good account of himself as did Anne Baxter and Akim Tamiroff.

The film though really revolves around Von Stroheim and his portrayal of Erwin Rommel. In 1943 all that was known of Rommel was his military prowess in the desert. After the war we learned about his part in the plot to assassinate Hitler and the real story of his death. That's all covered in The Desert Fox and in James Mason's outstanding portrayal there.

What we get here is a portrayal of a cold, merciless, military machine Hun and no one did that better than Erich Von Stroheim. You watch this as did so many in the theaters in 1943 after the North African campaign was over and he became the man you love to hate.

Because of what later came out about Rommel this film became immediately dated. Yet it's still a curiosity and worth a look.


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