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The Seventh Cross (1944)

Passed | | Drama, War | 24 July 1944 (USA)
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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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! See more »

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Drama | War

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24 July 1944 (USA)  »

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The distance George had to travel to get from Westhofen to Mainz is 30 miles (48km). See more »

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Near the end of the movie Toni is lamenting that she will never see George and her memory of him will fade and she will forget what he looks like, but she has a newspaper photo of him on the table. See more »

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Paul Roeder: A fine thing!
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Featured in Cinema's Exiles: From Hitler to Hollywood (2009) See more »

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Tandy & Croyn Brighten Up Grim Story
18 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Boy, this a grim story, but it gets you involved, especially if you tend to be a bit paranoid. The story centers around Spencer Tracy's character "George Heisler" hiding from the Nazis in 1936 Germany, not knowing who to trust.

Although there's not much action, this is decently-paced with an unusual (and too corny) narrative from a dead man. The last 20 minutes, which should have been the most suspenseful of the film, instead wound up boring and too melodramatic.

What I did find interesting was the very young couple of Jessica Tandy and husband Hume Cronyn. I had forgotten what a beautiful woman Tandy was when she was young. She and Hume were the best part of this film. Tracy, meanwhile, doesn't have a lot of dialog.

The movie paints a horrible picture of pre-World War II Germany. There are several attempts to lift the spirits of the viewer as he watches this but overall it is a grim story of survival


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