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Against the Wind (1948)

British agents engage in hazardous duty behind German lines.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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 ...
Commandant
Andrew Blackett ...
Frankie
Arthur Lawrence ...
Verreker
Eugene Deckers ...
Marcel Van Hecke
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Storyline

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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spy | parachute | belgium | traitor | 1940s | See All (24) »

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They played macabre jokes - lively but deadly.

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Action | War | Drama

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26 June 1949 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Enantia ston anemo  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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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Picquart Theme
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Arranged by Ernest Irving
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True to its portrayal
4 October 2003 | by (london) – See all my reviews

Despite the usual budgetary restrictions, this manages to convey a sense of the danger and great sacrifice made by these brave people who fought for our freedom. Charles Crichton brings out the human story rather than the all-action tale of some movies. Scenes with John Slater visiting his wife seems slightly corny now, but then must have seemed so close to events (just 3 years after the end of WW2). And the outcome later makes it all the more poignant. I thought a movie like this would be good to show in schools, as a part of history lesson. I love all those character actors they were part of my childhood, and they were such real actors and people. (Take note Arnold, et al) And I still haven't got over Jack Warner's Max (our own Dixon of Dock green) who would have adam 'n' eved it!


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