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Release Date:
11 June 1965 (France) See more »
They went up like men! They came down like animals!
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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Won BAFTA Film Award. Another 3 wins & 6 nominations See more »
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  (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)
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)
Crew verified as complete

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123 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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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Several West Indian actors working in Britain protested against the casting of Ossie Davis, an American, in a West Indian role.See more »
Continuity: Late in the movie, RSM Wilson circles the broken Tpr Roberts delivering a motivational barracking, the camera following Wilson through 360 degrees.

The sequence is preceded by a long shot of Wilson and Roberts surrounded by ten yards of empty desert.

As Wilson utters the words "You'll double, drill, do anything...", the camera pan reveals Sgt Williams standing a yard or two away, and Sgt Harris alone at the medical hut doorway in the distance.

After dealing with Roberts, Wilson turns to face the medical hut doorway, where Williams and Harris are standing side by side.

Wilson then summons Williams, who trots over to assume the position he was just seen in.See more »
[Jacko has defiantly ripped off his uniform]
Sergeant Charlie Harris:You're going into the Commandant's office dressed like this, lad?
Jacko King:Unless you've got a top-hat, and a bone to put through me nose. That's the way you white folks think we done dress at home.
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42 out of 54 people found the following review useful.
Sean Connery's finest hour?, 12 December 2001
Author: rb from manchester

In which Connery doesn't get to cop off with the customary harem of beach babes, doesn't get to save the world and more importantly gets his butt kicked by Ian Hendry! Sidney Lumet seasons Ray Rigby's claustrophobic screenplay with some stunning black and white cinematography (reminiscent of his earlier masterpiece '12 Angry Men') and then bakes it in about 6 million degrees of scorching desert sun. The story of five squaddies holed up in a military stockade at the tail end of WW11 is as preoccupied with examining political conflict within British society (through the interactions of the microcosmic cell mates) as it is with presenting a taut, compelling psychodrama. The allegorical tone of the movie is never clumsy or heavy handed though and Lumet keeps the narrative on the rails every step of the way. The dialogue crackles with blunt barrack room banter and black humour throughout perfectly offsetting the grim circumstances the prisoners find themselves in. Roy Kinnear, Ossie Davis and Ian Hendry (as a deranged martinet of a prison guard) all deserve special mention but the film surely belongs to Connery who stumbles 'bruised, battered and scarred but hard' through to the bitter climax with an extraordinary kind of dignity as he rails against the brutal injustices of 'the system'! It is a truly unmissable picture if only for Connerys' star turn but don't take my word for it. Check it out now.

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