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The Damned -- Set during the closing days of WWII this gritty, claustrophobic mix of Film Noir and psychological suspense follows the doomed escape of a group of Nazi's as they flee for South America aboard a submarine hoping to evade their fate in Europe
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Victor Alexandrov (story)
René Clément (adaptation)
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19 September 1947 (France) See more »
Oslo, April 19th 1945, as the Third Reich is living its last days, a group of Nazis and sympathizers... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Marcel Dalio ... Larga (as Dalio)
Henri Vidal ... Le docteur Guilbert
Florence Marly ... Hilde Garosi
Fosco Giachetti ... Garosi
Paul Bernard ... Couturier - le journaliste
Jo Dest ... Forster (as Jodest)
Michel Auclair ... Willy Morus
Anne Campion ... Ingrid Ericksen
Andreas von Halberstadt (as A. Von Halberstadt)
Jean Didier ... Le commandant du sous-marin / The Captain
Lucien Hector ... Ericksen
Jean Lozach (as Lozach)
Karl Münch (as Karl Munch)
Georges Niemann
Max Herman
Claude Vernier
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pierre Fuchs ... Bit Part
Carrère ... Bit part (uncredited)
Jeanne Herviale ... La bonne du docteur (uncredited)
Kurt Kronefeld ... Le général Von Hauser (uncredited)
Paul Sabas ... Bit part (uncredited)
Michel Thierry ... Bit part (uncredited)

Directed by
René Clément 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Victor Alexandrov  story
René Clément  adaptation
Jacques Companéez  story
Henri Jeanson  dialogue
Jacques Rémy  adaptation

Produced by
André Paulvé .... producer
Michel Safra .... producer
Paul Wagner .... producer
Original Music by
Yves Baudrier 
Cinematography by
Henri Alekan 
Film Editing by
Roger Dwyre 
Production Design by
Paul Bertrand 
Makeup Department
Paul Clavel .... makeup artist
Production Management
Pierre Sabas .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Pierre Chevalier .... first assistant director
Claude Clément .... second assistant director
Sound Department
Joseph de Bretagne .... sound
Robert Teisseire .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Henri Tiquet .... camera operator
Robert Tomatis .... still photographer

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Also Known As:
"Les maudits" - France (original title)
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105 min
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The story was suggested by a newspaper article Jacques Companéez had read.See more »


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15 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
A submarine bursting at the seams…, 9 February 2013
Author: Spikeopath from United Kingdom

Les maudits is directed by René Clément who also co-writes with Victor Alexandrov, Henri Jeanson, Jacques Rémy and Jacques Companéez. It stars Marcel Dalio, Henri Vidal, Florence Marly, Fosco Giachetti, Paul Bernard, Jo Dest, Michel Auclair and Anne Campion.

It's the last days of World War II and a submarine full of Nazi's and fellow collaborators head off from Oslo bound for South America. Hoping to evade capture by the Allies, their plans are stalled when a depth- charge attack injures one of the lady passengers causing them to stop off in France to kidnap a doctor. Once on board the doctor realises the gravity of his situation and uses his medical knowledge to spread slow- burn fret throughout the submarine; just as news of the armistice breaks…

A lesson in claustrophobic suspense and slow-burn psychological edginess, Les maudits riff's on the rats leaving a sinking ship with considerable success. It's a hot-bed of unsavoury characters, where political sin hangs heavy in the scratchy black and white atmosphere. Clément inserts the tension deftly whilst also garnering rich performances from the multilingual ensemble of actors. It all builds to a quite terrific ending that closes down the picture on suitably intelligent note.

It's a hard film to pin down but if you get the chance don't hesitate to view it. 8/10

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