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Director:
Writers:
Charles Brackett (screenplay) and
Billy Wilder (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
4 May 1943 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Did a Woman Start the Rout of Rommel?
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 3 Oscars. See more »
User Reviews:
A fine war film See more (44 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Franchot Tone ... Cpl. John J. Bramble / Paul Davos

Anne Baxter ... Mouche

Akim Tamiroff ... Farid

Erich von Stroheim ... Field Marshal Erwin Rommel

Peter van Eyck ... Lt. Schwegler (as Peter Van Eyck)
Fortunio Bonanova ... Gen. Sebastiano
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Philip Ahlm ... Second Soldier (uncredited)
Kenneth Anspach ... German Soldier (uncredited)
Roger Creed ... Fourth Soldier (uncredited)
Leslie Denison ... British Captain (uncredited)
John Erickson ... First Soldier (uncredited)
Bud Geary ... English Tank Commander (uncredited)
Frederick Giermann ... German Sergeant (uncredited)
Art Gilmore ... Trailer Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Clyde Jackman ... Rommel's Orderly (uncredited)
Ian Keith ... Capt. St. Bride (uncredited)

Miles Mander ... Colonel Fitzhume (uncredited)
Hans Moebus ... Third Soldier (uncredited)
Bill Mussetter ... Schwegler (Body Guard) (uncredited)
Fred Nurney ... Maj. Lamprecht (uncredited)
Peter F.U. Pohlney ... German Soldier (uncredited)
Otto Reichow ... German Engineer (uncredited)
John Royce ... German Technician (uncredited)
Konstantin Shayne ... Maj. Von Buelow (uncredited)
Sam Waagenaar ... Rommel's Orderly (uncredited)

Directed by
Billy Wilder 
 
Writing credits
Charles Brackett (screenplay) and
Billy Wilder (screenplay)

Lajos Biró (play) (as Lajos Biro)

Produced by
Charles Brackett .... associate producer
Buddy G. DeSylva .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Miklós Rózsa  (as Miklos Rozsa)
 
Cinematography by
John F. Seitz (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Doane Harrison 
 
Art Direction by
Hans Dreier 
Ernst Fegté 
 
Set Decoration by
Bertram C. Granger  (as Bertram Granger)
 
Costume Design by
Edith Head 
 
Makeup Department
Wally Westmore .... makeup artist
William Knight .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Albert MacQuarrie .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Ben Nye .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Leonora Sabine .... hair supervisor (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Hugh Brown .... assistant unit manager (uncredited)
Sidney Street .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles C. Coleman .... assistant director (uncredited)
Herbert Coleman .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Henry S. Kesler .... additional assistant director (uncredited)
P. Martin .... additional assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Carl Coleman .... props (uncredited)
Sam Comer .... set dressing supervisor (uncredited)
G. DeGolcondo .... props (uncredited)
Patrick Delany .... prop assistant (uncredited)
Jack Leys .... second props (uncredited)
Fred Turk .... prop assistant (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Ferrol Redd .... sound recordist (as Ferol Redd)
Philip Wisdom .... sound recordist
John Smirch .... mike grip (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Philip Ahlm .... stunts (uncredited)
Gordon Carveth .... double: Franchot Tone (uncredited)
Roger Creed .... stunts (uncredited)
Richard Farnsworth .... stunts (uncredited)
Bud Geary .... stunts (uncredited)
Walt La Rue .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Haskell B. Boggs .... camera operator (uncredited)
Cliff Gourley .... grip (uncredited)
James Grant .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Jack Haring .... grip (uncredited)
J. Jackson .... grip (uncredited)
Constantine Klein .... grip (uncredited)
George Lancaster .... third assistant camera (uncredited)
Arthur A. Lane .... camera operator (uncredited)
Gene Liggett .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Irving Newmeyer .... grip (uncredited)
Otto Pierce .... second camera operator (uncredited)
Harlow Stengel .... assistant to second camera (uncredited)
Jack Woods .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Eugene Zador .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Bob Davis .... stand-in: Franchot Tone (uncredited)
Leslie Denison .... dialogue coach (uncredited)
Harry F. Hogan .... script clerk (uncredited)
Norman Lacey .... location manager (uncredited)
David P.J. Lloyd .... technical advisor: British (uncredited)
Ronnie Lubin .... script clerk (uncredited)
Melville Stack .... technical advisor (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
96 min
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Color:
Black and White (archive footage) | Black and White
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Finland:S | Portugal:M/12 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | USA:Approved (certificate #9090)

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Trivia:
This movie predominantly takes place in a fictitious village called Sidi Halfaya but the production originally wanted to set it in the town of Sidi Barani, an Egyptian town which was a location of actual Word War II combat. Sidi Barani was captured by Nazi German Erwin Rommel's Afrika Corps in 1941 and then taken back by the British Army in 1942.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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:
Field Marshal Rommel:[to the officers seated at the breakfast table] Rice pudding in Egypt - you never know if it's raisins - or flies!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Shadows of Suspense (2006) (V)See more »

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11 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
A fine war film, 6 September 2001
Author: Brian Ellis from Chantilly, VA

I really enjoy WWII films made during the war because the movies always end with the future unknown except that the Allies will keep fighting to save the world. In "Five Graves to Cairo", there is that spirit but Billy Wilder also showed the cost of the fight. The film also shares with "Beau Geste" the most eerie of beginnings. The only sore spot is that I think the ending should have been left unknown, to me that is more like war. Just memories. Other than that one the best WWII movies ever made.

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