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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
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The children of the Hitler Youth are wearing the armbands of adult members of the Nazi Party and not the Hitler Youth. The swastika would not be in a white disc surrounded by red but in a white square surrounded by red. This scene was when one of the prisoners was found and was dragged out of a hiding place with the children all running to see. See more »
Come in. You want to see me? What can I do for you?
[Sauer is at the mirror, shaving with a straight razor]
I bring you the regards of a mutual friend. I wonder if you still remember him. He was with you once on a canoeing excursion.
[Sauer pauses and looks frightened, then continues shaving]
I'm afraid I don't understand. Whose regards are you bringing me?
It was more than three years ago. You said to him that if there was ever something big he wanted done, he could count on you.
I still don't ...
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Bold and complex, astonishingly so given it was made during the war.
While watching this film, I was under the impression that it had been made in the early 1950s and was amazed and impressed to see that it dates from 1944. Although not all the film's messages intertwine as neatly as they might, it is - overall - a great success. It seems surprisingly long for a film of its era as well, though it does not drag on the whole. Spencer Tracy gave me some clue in this role why he is considered to be such a great actor (you actually see his face change as he recovers from the near animal state the concentration camp had reduced him to) and Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy also put in top class performances. The depiction of the concentration camp is astoundingly vivid for the time, with the theme of seven crosses for either displaying the corpses of the escapees or for putting them to death being especially grim and - as the allies were soon to find out - no exaggeration as a symbol of the evil the Nazis visited upon millions who fell under their jackboot. Modern audiences may feel somewhat ambivalent about the idea of one of Tracy's dead friends from the camp acting as a voice within his soul, but I think even those not of a spiritual bent ought to concede it is depicted with a light touch that does not damage the film.
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