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The Cow and I (1959)
"La vache et le prisonnier" (original title)

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In 1942, a French prisonner of war in Germany decide to escape to France using a cow hold by a lunge as a decoy. He cross all Germany in this way.



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Complete credited cast:
Charles Bailly - prisonnier de guerre
Pierre-Louis ...
Hauptmann Müller - évadé déguisé en SS (as Pierre Louis)
Ellen Schwiers ...
Josepha alias 'Marlène' - la fermière
Ingeborg Schöner ...
Heinrich Gretler ...
Richard Winckler ...
Hauptmann Rupp - évadé déguisé en SS
Bernard Musson ...
Pommier - prisonnier de guerre
Maurice Nasil ...
Bertoux - prisonnier de guerre
René Havard ...
Vicomte Bussière - prisonnier de guerre
Albert Rémy ...
Colinet - prisonnier de guerre dans la scierie
Franziska Kinz ...
La Mere d'Helga
Benno Hoffmann ...
Un Garde
Franz Muxeneder ...
(scenes deleted)
Marcel Rouzé
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ludwig Schmid-Wildy ...
Bauer (scenes deleted)


In 1942, a French prisonner of war in Germany decide to escape to France using a cow hold by a lunge as a decoy. He cross all Germany in this way. Written by Jean-Marie Berthiaume <>

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16 December 1959 (France)  »

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I hoped for a human story
17 January 2015 | by (France) – See all my reviews

I hoped for a human story. I did not get it.

It is about the war. It is not about being heroic in the war. And that is where the script ends. During a long and boring film you get certain flashes: the German girl is treating the French well. The French have bad French gestapovists. The story starts out of nothing. And ends with a promise to have a better second movie. Meaning it ends where it started: nowhere.

Dull. Quite obvious. The war is glossed over. More like a silly video game where the hero has to get out of a maze. The war is the excuse to have the hero turn round the maze. The rest is glossed over going to the point of ridicule where the Russians (sounds more like Polish) are unguarded, but the Frenchmen are.

This movie is one in a long tradition of French movies with no cultural value. The team can only hope the story gets old enough in order to get some historic value, in the sense "your grandma was your age when this movie was in theaters". At least La Grade vadrouille can be funny.

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