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Tony Fraser
Jack Warner ...
Mr. Bushell
Denise Grey ...
Mrs. Bushell
Alain Saury ...
Etienne Szabo
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Jacques
Anne Leon ...
Lillian Rolfe
Sydney Tafler ...
Potter
Avice Landone ...
Vera Atkins
Nicole Stéphane ...
Denise Bloch (as Nicole Stephane)
Noel Willman ...
Interrogator
Bill Owen ...
N.C.O. Instructor
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Winnie
William Mervyn ...
Colonel Buckmaster
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Coding Expert
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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 <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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20 June 1958 (Ireland)  »

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Aftoi pou nikisan ton thanato  »

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The director and producer both wanted a double to be used for the jump from the parachute training tower, but Virginia insisted on doing it herself. Slowed slightly by a wire (as are all trainee parachutists) she landed with a professional-looking roll on the mat below. Picking herself up she smiled and said "That was fun; I'd like to do it again." See more »

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Stunning performances highlight a great biographic tale
3 January 2003 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

Virginia McKenna does a great job of portraying unsung British war heroine Violetta Szabo. Paul Scofield, perhaps the greatest actor of his generation, is equally magnificent as Tony. Lewis Gilbert allows the tale to unfold without much pomp and fanfare but with crisp direction and solid supporting performances, this merely adds to its power. The resilient score is also worth noting. Every time I finish watching this film, I cry, then I want to watch it again.

The recent film Charlotte Gray attempted a similar theme, at ten times the cost (even inflation-adjusted), twice the length, and one-tenth the impact. If you've seen Charlotte Gray, and made it all the way through, see Carve Your Name With Pride. You will adore it.


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