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Post WWII yarn about a young GI abducted by the Soviets in West Berlin and hauled off to the East. His recovery gets complicated as Colonel Steve Van Dyke (Peck) tries to sort out the ... See full summary »

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Col. Steve Van Dyke
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Charles Leatherby
Anita Björk ...
'Hoffy' Hoffmeier
Rita Gam ...
Ricky Cates
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Maj. R.A. Foster, MD
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Sgt. Eddie McColloch
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Frederick S. Hobart (as Casey Adams)
Jill Esmond ...
Frau Schindler
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Sergei 'Petey' Petrochine
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Kathy Gerhardt
Ted Avery ...
Cpl. John Leatherby
Hugh McDermott ...
Maj. Burns
Paul Carpenter ...
Eddie Whitby
John Horsley ...
Lt. Col. Stanways
Lionel Murton ...
Norman Lakeland
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Post WWII yarn about a young GI abducted by the Soviets in West Berlin and hauled off to the East. His recovery gets complicated as Colonel Steve Van Dyke (Peck) tries to sort out the usefulness of informants, spies, bureaucrats, and the abductee's influential father (Crawford)! Written by Corey Hatch

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You have never really seen Gregory Peck until you see him in "Night People".


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Release Date:

14 May 1954 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Das unsichtbare Netz  »

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| (FMC Library Print)

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(Western Electric Recording)

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(Technicolor)

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2.55 : 1
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Trivia

Their uniforms indicate both Van Dyke and Eddie were combat veterans of World War II. Van Dyke served in Italy with the 5th Army and earned the 2nd highest award for valor, the Distinguished Service Cross, plus a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart. Eddie fought with the 4th Infantry Division in France and won both the Silver Star and Bronze Star for valor. See more »

Goofs

When Corporal Leatherby kisses his girlfriend good night at the beginning of the film, he says, "Good night, Annie." Her name is Kathy. See more »

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For the first time ever, the Cinemascope logo ("Twentieth Century-Fox presents A Cinemascope Production") is not shown until about five minutes into the film, after the opening sequence. See more »

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References Niagara (1953) See more »

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good cast in cold war drama
9 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Gregory Peck plays a U.S. Army Provost caught up in exchanging a married couple wanted by Russians for a captured American soldier in "Night People," set in post-war Berlin. By today's standards, this film is on the talky side, with not much action. Although the script was nominated for an Oscar, it's problematic - the denouement was much too simple, for one thing.

Broderick Crawford is the father of the captured soldier, and he does an excellent job. Rita Gam is Ricky, Peck's beautiful and feisty secretary. There are several TV faces as well: Buddy Ebsen, Walter Abel, and Max Showalter. Anita Bjork is "Hoffy," a woman who works for Peck yet may be playing both ends.

But the film is really Peck's, who does a fantastic job creating an interesting, tough, passionate, decisive, and funny character. He's instantly both likable and admirable.


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