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Without Trumpet or Drum (1959)

Die Gans von Sedan (original title)
| Comedy, War | 1962 (USA)
Summer 1870. Following the French defeat at Sedan. Léon, a soldier in a detachment isolated in the Ardennes forest, is sent in search of water. When he discovers the most peaceful of rivers... See full summary »

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Fritz Brösicke
Jean Richard ...
Leon Riffard
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Marguerite
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La grand-mère de Marguerite
Theo Lingen ...
Colonel Tuplitz
Lucien Nat ...
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Yves Barsacq ...
Un Français
Émile Genevois
Georg Gütlich
Rolf Kutschera
Helmut Käutner ...
Königliche Hoheit
Henri Marteau
Henri Maïk
Robert Rollis
Willy Rösner
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Summer 1870. Following the French defeat at Sedan. Léon, a soldier in a detachment isolated in the Ardennes forest, is sent in search of water. When he discovers the most peaceful of rivers, he decides to undress and bathe in it. At bend of the river he catches sight of another naked swimmer. It's a Prussian! Both men start bickering a bit: aren't they supposed to be arch enemies? But they soon fraternize. Unfortunately the patrol has not vanished in the haze and they hear it coming. Each man gets hold of his uniform and runs away in two opposite directions. The only trouble is that Fritz the Prussian has donned the French uniform and Leon the Prussian one! ... Written by Guy Bellinger

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Souvenir from my childhood
15 November 2001 | by (San Diego) – See all my reviews

This movie was made just before I was born. It's been aired on TV in France a few times only. As far as I can remember the plot, Hardy Krüger and Jean Richard are soldiers of the two opposite side that are forced to live together in a French farm held by Danny Karel. Hardy Krüger knows a little bit of French Jean Richard is fluent in German. Hardy has the crush for their hostess and asks Jean - once befriended - how to say "I love you" in French. Jean, kind of upset by Hardy's insistance or mockingly translates "I love you" into something in French that in fact means "I don't give a damn". Hardy goes trying his line with Danny and after having told her she was pretty concludes with "I don't give a damn of it". Later (or earlier), Jean and Hardy, totally drunk, praise the merits of their respective French and German made rifles. They take them apart demonstrating the quality of their craftmanship but are unable to reassemble them ... they'de mixed up the parts. I've loved this movie some much that 30 years ago I still have it in mind. I hope to see it released in DVD.


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