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The Last Chance (1945)

Die letzte Chance (original title)
Approved | | Drama, War | 19 December 1945 (France)
Escaping a Nazi prison train in war-torn Italy, an American and a British soldier set out for the Swiss border and find themselves leading a multi-national party of refugees for the Italian underground.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ewart G. Morrison ...
British Major Telford
John Hoy ...
British Lieutenant John Halliday
Ray Reagan ...
US Sergeant James 'Jim' Braddock
Luisa Rossi ...
Tonina
Giuseppe Galeati ...
Wagon Driver
Romano Calò ...
The Priest
Leopold Biberti ...
Swiss Lieutenant Brunner
Sigfrit Steiner ...
Swiss Military Doctor
Emil Gerber ...
Frontier Guard Rüedi
Therese Giehse ...
Frau Wittels
Robert Schwarz ...
Bernhard Wittels
Germaine Tournier ...
Madame Monnier
Berthe Sakhnowsky ...
Chanele Sokolwki
Jean Martin ...
Dutchman
Carlo Romatko ...
Yugoslav Worker
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Escaping a Nazi prison train in war-torn Italy, an American and a British soldier set out for the Swiss border and find themselves leading a multi-national party of refugees for the Italian underground.

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This is how to make a film
1 July 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I think that pretty sums up this film.

The other reviews say it very well. And to them, I say "ditto" to those reviews that praise this film. But you want something more specific, don't you? Fair enough.

It's a story of refuges trying to get away from the Nazis, and we begin with a British and American soldier for much of the film, as they make their way into a village. Later, they are joined by a British officer and civilian refuges.

Along with the other characters, we are treated to some very believable people, as three dimensional as you get, and the directing and camera work lets us follow the story, as well as the people and their emotions, in this odyssey.

There are heroics, but these are incredibly believable heroics, and we get the full "motivation" for everything that happens. The camaraderie of the times is beautiful, and is something missing in today's movies.

This is a "smart" movie. Not only do we get awesome intellectually stimulating ideas, drama, and story, but we also get awesome camera, directing, and action. This is well paced, certainly more fluid and active than 95% of the movies that have been made since 1965, if I am to pick a year in which a modern era begins.

Thumbs up. If you get a chance, this is a movie that will excite you on all levels, for all audiences.


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