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The Seventh Cross (1944)

Passed  -  Drama | War  -  24 July 1944 (USA)
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In Nazi Germany in 1936 seven men escape from a concentration camp. The camp commander puts up seven crosses and, as the Gestapo returns each escapee he is put to death on a cross. The ... See full summary »

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Toni
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Paul Roeder
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Liesel Roeder
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Mme. Marelli
Herbert Rudley ...
Franz Marnet
Felix Bressart ...
Poldi Schlamm
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Wallau
Alexander Granach ...
Zillich
Katherine Locke ...
Mrs. Sauer
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Bruno Sauer
Paul Guilfoyle ...
Fiedler
Steven Geray ...
Dr. Loewenstein
Kurt Katch ...
Leo Hermann
Kaaren Verne ...
Leni (as Karen Verne)
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In Nazi Germany in 1936 seven men escape from a concentration camp. The camp commander puts up seven crosses and, as the Gestapo returns each escapee he is put to death on a cross. The seventh cross is still empty as George Heisler seeks freedom in Holland. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Daringly Real . . . Startlingly Frank! The revealing novel of a hunted man's search for love!

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24 July 1944 (USA)  »

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The Seven Crosses  »

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First film appearance of real life couple Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy. See more »

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When the escapees are being hunted, the only uniformed personnel we see chasing them are the 'Storm troopers' (Sturmabteilung) or SA. Even before the 'night of the Long Knives', the SA would not have been the only group to search for escapees & by 1936, the hunt would also have been carried out by the regular police and the Schutzstaffel (SS). See more »

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Bruno Sauer: I came because I had something to tell you.
Leo Hermann: We haven't seen you for some time. Sit down.
Bruno Sauer: No, thank you. I'll just tell you, and then I'll go. A man came to see me this morning. I had never seen him before, but what he told me may be something in which you are interested. He said he came with a message from a mutual friend. He didn't name the mutual friend, but I think he was speaking of George Heisler. You all know that Heisler escaped from Westhofen and is hiding somewhere in the city. He ...
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Circle of friends selflessly aides man fleeing Nazis
24 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film version of the award-winning Anna Segers novel is the story of one man who manages to escape a Third Reich Era Nazi concentration camp, then continues his quest for freedom, aided by many friends, even strangers, who with their selfless kindness, at the risk of their own freedom and lives, feed, hide and otherwise tend to this man, whose only fault is that he was born a Jew.

This film serves as powerful testimony to the fact that humans are by nature kind and just, regardless of what brutal regime of terror and injustice they may live in. Opposition to the Nazi terror machine was not always violent and vocal, but, as seen here, silent, and without much furore. Many touching scenes show how virtual strangers lend support, doing so without taking credit, sometimes signaling with only a nod or a barely noticeable gesture.

The desire to aide the innocent and to have compassion for the oppressed is within us all. This film brilliantly reminds us of the genuinely good human qualities that set us aside from savages. Look for a youthful Jessica Tandy in a supporting role. This is a gem of a Hollywood Classic!


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