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Five Graves to Cairo (1943)

Approved | | Thriller, War | 12 July 1943 (USA)
During World War II, an undercover British soldier tries get word to the Allies that the Germans have tons of supplies buried in five excavations across Egypt.

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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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$855,000 (estimated)
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For the first shot of Erich von Stroheim as Field Marshal Erwin Rommel in this film, director Billy Wilder shot him in a close-up from the back of his neck as an establishment shot. Wilder said, "Standing with his stiff fat neck in the foreground he could express more than almost any actor with his face." See more »

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When Bramble walks/runs into the town his shadow is behind him, then in front, then again behind him. See more »

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Cpl. John J. Bramble: [Visiting Mouche's gravesite] Hello, Mouche.
[Bends down]
Cpl. John J. Bramble: Perhaps I should bend down so you can hear me better. I brought you that parasol, Mouche, from a shop. They swore it was real ivory. Let's hope so.
[He opens the parasol and places it on her grave]
Cpl. John J. Bramble: It will give you some shade until we come to take you back, where there are trees and leaves, and rivers, dew on the grass. Don't worry, Mouche, we're after 'em now. When you feel the earth shake, it'll be our tanks and our guns and our lorries. ...
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If Erich Von Stroheim didn't exist Hollywood would have had to invent him
10 August 2004 | by 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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