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Against the Wind (1948)

British agents engage in hazardous duty behind German lines.

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Michèle
Jack Warner ...
Cronk
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Duncan
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Picquart
Gisèle Préville ...
Julie (as Gisele Preville in opening credits)
John Slater ...
Emile Meyer
Peter Illing ...
Andrew
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Ackerman
Sybille Binder ...
Florence Malou
Hélène Hansen ...
Marie Berlot
Gilbert Davis ...
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Andrew Blackett ...
Frankie
Arthur Lawrence ...
Verreker
Eugene Deckers ...
Marcel Van Hecke
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Philip Elliot, refugee Belgian priest, reports to a secret school in London for spies and saboteurs behind German lines. After training, he and two others parachute into Belgium to help destroy a records office. This mission leads to German capture of an important resistance leader; four more agents (Emile, Max, Scotty, and Michele) go in on a rescue mission. But one of them is a traitor; and other things go wrong... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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They played macabre jokes - lively but deadly.

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26 June 1949 (USA)  »

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Enantia ston anemo  »

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The title of the film is taken from a quote from 'Childe Harold's Pilgrimage by Lord Byron- "Yet, Freedom! yet thy banner, torn, but flying. Streams like the thunder-storm against THE WIND" (Canto iv, Stanza 98). See more »

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Closing credits epilogue: "Yet, Freedom! yet thy banner, torn, but flying. Streams like the thunder-storm against THE WIND" See more »

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Freedom isn't free
16 March 2013 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Surprisingly tense account of allied forces operating behind enemy lines in WWII France, infiltrating enemy strongholds and generally destabilising the occupation in collaboration with resistance fighters. Canadian Robert Beatty and Scot Gordon Jackson are the principals protagonists, teaming up with Simone Signoret in an elaborate game of cross and double cross, evading the Germans while they attempt to rescue one of their own.

Great cast with Jack Warner as the convivial commando (belying his autumn age), while Jackson and Beatty are the more intense agents, the former engaging in a rather unlikely romance with Signoret's character, herself a highly capable spy and willing to pull the trigger as required. Burly JRJ is the puppet master overseeing the covert operations, while Paul Dupuis has a memorable role as a turncoat doing everything he can to aid and abet the allied rearguard.

There's two or three very memorable moments in this film, and a relative surfeit of violence for its late-forties vintage - the Signoret-Warner scene is quite brutal and unexpected. Good use of sets and exteriors, and while there's a few clichés, I found it quite an addictive film that holds the attention pretty well.


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