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Violette Bushell is the daughter of an English father and a French mother, living in London in the early years of World War 2. She meets a handsome young French soldier in the park and ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Fraser
Jack Warner ...
Mr. Bushell
Denise Grey ...
Mrs. Bushell
Alain Saury ...
Etienne Szabo
Anne Leon ...
Lillian Rolfe
Sydney Tafler ...
Avice Landone ...
Vera Atkins
Nicole Stéphane ...
Denise Bloch (as Nicole Stephane)
Noel Willman ...
Bill Owen ...
N.C.O. Instructor
William Mervyn ...
Colonel Buckmaster
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Violette Bushell is the daughter of an English father and a French mother, living in London in the early years of World War 2. She meets a handsome young French soldier in the park and takes him back for the family Bastille day celebrations. They fall in love, marry and have a baby girl when Violette Szabo receives the dreaded telegram informing her of his death in North Africa. Shortly afterwards, Violette is approached to join the SOE (Special Operations Executive). Should she stay and look after her baby or "do her duty" ? Written by Steve Crook <>

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Release Date:

20 June 1958 (Ireland)  »

Also Known As:

Aftoi pou nikisan ton thanato  »

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The Life That I Have was written by Leo Marks, an English cryptographer. It was used as a poem code in WWII. During the war, published poems were often used for encrypting messages but since the original sources could be found by enemy cryptanalysts the code was easily broken. By writing his own creation, Marks was able to counter the enemy actions. The poem was issued by Marks to Violette Szabo. See more »


Violette meets Etienne on a Saturday Bastille Day (14th July). The opening credits establish that the year in 1940: that date was actually a Sunday that year. See more »


Referenced in A Very British Psycho (1997) See more »


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Great story, good movie about a British woman's resilience
18 May 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Carve Her Name with Pride (1958)

A resolutely respectful and consistent movie, powerful in a quiet way, and serious to the core. These aren't really adjectives for an amazing movie--and it's not amazing. The story is amazing, since it's true, a British woman going undercover in WWII and having to suffer badly at the hands of the Nazis. And the movie depends on the story, rather than the movie, to succeed.

It does, in fact, succeed. It's a moving story well told. It lacks drama, and is sometimes quietly sentimental, which is part of the point, giving a human side to the spy and war business. The leading woman is someone not well known to American audiences, a rather straight forward actress, Virginia McKenna. But you might remember her from "Born Free," a very different kind of role but needing the same sharp seriousness. She's still alive, gladly, and was even in a film in 2010.

The movie here needs drama, frankly. It takes half the film to reach the German conflict in France, and it comes to the real drama, the horrors of being caught, in the last half hour. Which is to say, be prepared for lots of preparation, well done, but preliminary, and purposely undramatic. By that last part is good wartime stuff, with a woman as the main figure in the fighting and the aftermath. The prison scenes are cold and harsh in their own way, and yet I don't quite believe it would have been quite so calmly paced and deliberate, even in the hands of the Germans happily in France.

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