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Director:
Writers:
Ray Rigby (screenplay)
Ray Rigby (play) ...
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Release Date:
11 June 1965 (France) See more »
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Tagline:
They went up like men! They came down like animals!
Plot:
In a North African military prison during World War II, five new prisoners struggle to survive in the face of brutal punishment and sadistic guards. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Won BAFTA Film Award. Another 3 wins & 6 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Maybe Connery's Best See more (80 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Sean Connery ... Joe Roberts

Harry Andrews ... R.S.M. Wilson

Ian Bannen ... Harris
Alfred Lynch ... George Stevens

Ossie Davis ... Jacko King

Roy Kinnear ... Monty Bartlett
Jack Watson ... Jock McGrath

Ian Hendry ... Staff Sergeant Williams

Michael Redgrave ... The Medical Officer (as Sir Michael Redgrave)
Norman Bird ... Commandant
Neil McCarthy ... Burton
Howard Goorney ... Walters
Tony Caunter ... Martin
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
James Payne ... Man in Prison (uncredited)

Directed by
Sidney Lumet 
 
Writing credits
Ray Rigby (screenplay)

Ray Rigby (play) and
R.S. Allen (play)

Produced by
Raymond Anzarut .... associate producer
Kenneth Hyman .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Oswald Morris (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Thelma Connell 
 
Art Direction by
Herbert Smith 
 
Makeup Department
George Partleton .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Clifton Brandon .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Frank Ernst .... assistant director
Pedro Vidal .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
David Bowen .... sound recordist
Peter Musgrave .... sound editor
Fred Turtle .... dubbing mixer
A.W. Watkins .... recording supervisor
Peter Davies .... post-synchronisation (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Gerry Crampton .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Nosher Powell .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Brian West .... camera operator
Dennis Fraser .... grip (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Elsa Fennell .... wardrobe supervisor
 
Other crew
George Montford .... technical advisor
Lee Turner .... continuity
Geoff Freeman .... unit publicist (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
123 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-16 | Norway:16 | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:12 (video rating) (1998) | USA:TV-14 (TV rating) | USA:Approved (certificate #20843)

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Trivia:
Filming began on September 14, 1964, in Almeria, Spain. As a result, Connery was unable to attend the premiere of his 3rd official James Bond film, Goldfinger, which he had just completed work on.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: When Staff Sgt. Williams "introduces" the five prisoners to the hill, he refers to the "north face" but from the shadows, it's clear that it's really the south face.See more »
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25 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Maybe Connery's Best, 25 June 2006
Author: ewarn-1 from United States

Gritty emotional story of men being subjected to ill treatment at a British Army disciplinary camp in the desert. Human drama is of interest to anyone who has been a cog in a corporate machine, not just a veteran. Symbolic of human defiance in the face of rigid rules and inconsiderate authority.

Excellent cast takes every opportunity of limited time frame to give their characters amazing depth. Every character is fully realized and recognizable by anyone who has a few tough life experiences.

Naturally as good as the other actors are, the focus will always be on Connery's screen presence. Here he seems to be portraying his true personality, his face never suited Bond as much. Tough, self respecting and self disciplined sergeant who resolves not to lose his dignity in the face of harsh cruelty. This is an amazing performance, and it's too bad we don't use men like this as role models in modern American society.

As good as the performances are, the best thing about this film is the photography---check out the 360 degree camera movement during the opening sequence. It's a masterpiece which is rare to see even today.

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