A Man Escaped (1956)
"Un condamné à mort s'est échappé ou Le vent souffle où il veut" (original title)

Not Rated  |   |  Drama, Thriller, War  |  26 August 1957 (USA)
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Captured French Resistance fighter Andre Devigny awaits a certain death sentence for espionage in a stark Nazi prison. Facing malnourishment and paralyzing fear, he must engineer an ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
François Leterrier ...
Charles Le Clainche ...
François Jost
Maurice Beerblock ...
Roland Monod ...
Le pasteur Deleyris
Jacques Ertaud ...
Jean Paul Delhumeau ...
Roger Treherne ...
Jean Philippe Delamarre ...
Le prisonnier 10
Jacques Oerlemans ...
Le gardien-chef
Klaus Detlef Grevenhorst ...
L'officier de L'Abwehr
Leonhard Schmidt ...
Le garde de l'escorte
Roger Planchon ...
Le garde cycliste


Captured French Resistance fighter Andre Devigny awaits a certain death sentence for espionage in a stark Nazi prison. Facing malnourishment and paralyzing fear, he must engineer an extraordinary escape, complicated by the questions of whom to trust, and in the absence of options, how to kill? Written by Sam Spector

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Release Date:

26 August 1957 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Man Escaped or: The Wind Bloweth Where It Listeth  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Bresson insisted on complete authenticity. Original author Andre Devigny served as adviser on the film, which was actually shot in the same Montluc prison where he was incarcerated. Devigny also loaned Bresson the ropes and hooks he had used in his escape. See more »


Le lieutenant Fontaine: I think my courage abandoned me for a moment and I cried.
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Referenced in Národ sobe aneb Ceské more v osmnácti prílivech (2003) See more »


Great Mass in C Minor, No.16 (K.427) - Kyrie
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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The sound, the sound!
13 November 2002 | by (Lansing, Illinois) – See all my reviews

This movie, perhaps above all others, exemplifies just how important sound is in cinema. In fact, sounds (excluding dialogue) help carry the plot as much as the visuals and dialogue.

The crunching of the gravel under their feet really creates a sense of realism to the story. If you or I were escaping from prison, all the sounds Fontaine must pay attention to we must as well.

I doubt you'll find this film at your local video store, but I encourage everyone to check it out. It's like the Shawshank of the 1950s.

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