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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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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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Storyline

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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rommel | egypt | waiter | hotel | desert | See All (36) »

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Did a Woman Start the Rout of Rommel?

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Thriller | War

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Release Date:

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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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Wilder's first choice as composer was Franz Waxman, but Warner Bros. would not release him. Wilder was happy with Rozsa's score but Paramount Music Department boss Victor Young was not. However, Wilder ultimately prevailed. See more »

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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

[Sebastiano, an Italian general, has just learned that he has been assigned to a hotel room with no running water by the condescending German officers]
Gen. Sebastiano: Another kick in the face! They let us die, but they don't let us wash! Well, what did we expect? As we say in Milano, "When you lie down with dogs, you wake up with fleas!"
Cpl. John J. Bramble: That's right, sir.
[Sebastiano looks at Bramble, nervously]
Gen. Sebastiano: [cautioning him] You haven't heard anything...
Cpl. John J. Bramble: Of course not, sir. From so far away, how can I hear what they say in ...
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an excellent movie,with excellent actors
25 August 1999 | by (new york) – See all my reviews

a good picture of war time,without much blood and guts.i saw this movie when it was released in 1943,and have seen it on amc this past january.all of the characters in the picture were class actors.franchot tone was my favorite actor.


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