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The North Star (1943)

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A Ukrainian village must suddenly contend with the Nazi invasion of June 1941.

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Cast

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Marina Pavlov
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Kolya Simonov
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Dr. Kurin
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Karp
Ann Harding ...
Sophia Pavlov
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Clavdia Kurin
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Dr. von Harden (as Erich Von Stroheim)
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Rodion Pavlov
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Grisha Kurin
Carl Benton Reid ...
Boris Simonov
Ann Carter ...
Olga Pavlov
Esther Dale ...
Anna Kurin
Ruth Nelson ...
Nadya Simonov
Paul Guilfoyle ...
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In a peaceful Ukrainian village, the school year is just ending in June 1941. Five young friends set out for a walking trip to Kiev, but their travels are brutally interrupted when they are suddenly attacked by German planes, in the first wave of the Nazi assault on the Soviet Union. When the village itself is attacked and occupied, most of the men flee to the hills to form a guerrilla unit. The others resist the Nazis as well as possible, but soon the village is placed under the command of a Nazi doctor who begins using the town's children as a source of constant blood transfusions for wounded German soldiers. Meanwhile, the small group of young persons tries desperately to take a supply of firearms to the guerrillas. Written by Snow Leopard

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A rolling wall of hell that couldn't be stopped... A handful of men who had to stop it!

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Drama | Romance | War

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1 November 1944 (Argentina)  »

Also Known As:

Armored Attack  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »

Goofs

When the German fighter plane fires on the truck carrying the guns, the telephone poles on the side of the road are perpendicular to the ground. However, when the truck is shown crashing, the same telephone poles are shown as leaning at various angles. See more »

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Karp, old wagon driver: The face of war is ugly. It's not for the young.
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Song of the Fatherland
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Music by Aaron Copland
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
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This film has always haunted me
23 January 2011 | by (BASINGSTOKE ENGLAND) – See all my reviews

My parents took me to see this film at the Rex cinema in Hanworth England in 1943. I was 6 years old! About half way through the film, there was an air raid. We had to leave the cinema and go to a shelter. I remember the story and especially the song, which the children were singing on the cart. The film has been shown many times on television, but I have never been able to watch it. I guess that this must have some connection with the air raid. I am now 74 years old and the film is being shown again on television tomorrow afternoon. I hope to finally be able to watch it all the way through, at long last and lay to rest whatever has prevented me doing so previously.

I have finally seen this film to the end! Not bad after 68 years. I now realise why it made such an impression on me. In the film, the children and some adults were bombed and machine gunned by aircraft, after jumping from the carts into a ditch. It was at this point that we had to leave the cinema because of an air raid, having just seen children killed on the screen. I had already experienced many air raids at the age of 3 years and 9 months, during the Septmber 1940 Blitz and I still have vivid memories of the bombing, destruction and fires. Am I correct, or is my memory failing in that I believe the original title for the U.K release was 'The Red Star'???


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