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Passage to Marseille (1944)

Approved | | Drama, Adventure, War | 11 March 1944 (USA)
Five patriotic convicts are helped to escape imprisonment in Devil's Island so they can fight for occupied Free French forces against the Nazis.

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As French bomber crews prepare an air raid from a base in England, we learn the story of Matrac, a French journalist who opposed the Munich Pact. Framed for murder and sent to Devil's Island, he and four others escape. They are on a ship bound for Marseilles when France surrenders and fascist sympathizer Major Duval tries to seize the ship for Vichy. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Passagem Para Marselha  »

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Warner Bros. built a full-scale Merchant Marine ship in three months, modeled after the French ship Ville de Nancy. See more »

Goofs

Mattrac's plane switches between a Fortress I (small rudder) and a Fortress II (large rudder). See more »

Quotes

First Mate: The British will fight.
Chief Engineer: [Sarcastically] Yes, to the last drop of French blood.
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Referenced in Grim Fandango (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

La Marseillaise
(1792) (uncredited)
Written by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle
Variations played often in the score
Sung by a chorus at the end
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Good but not great war film
23 January 2001 | by (New Jersey) – See all my reviews

It must be a problem for first-time viewers to watch this flashback within a flashback within a flashback film. There is also the urge to compare this with "Casablanca". It cannot hold a candle to that masterpiece. On its own, it has some good qualities. The production is first-rate. The cast do excellent work considering the limits of the cliche-ridden script. The Devil's Island sequence is particularly well executed. So we have a film that may disappoint considering the talent but is hard to dismiss.


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