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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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Connery at his finest See more (87 total) »


  (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
Denis 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 | Australia:A (original rating) | 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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Michael Caine turned down the role of Staff Sergeant Williams in order to star in Alfie (1966).See more »
Crew or equipment visible: The new prisoners are lined up in the middle of the camp with their kit at their feet waiting to see the army doctor. As Stevens is called, a flat board suddenly appears in front of the line up so the camera can pull forward along the line up for a tracking shot. It disappears immediately afterwards.See more »
SSgt. Williams:[tauntingly] One of those shy lads, are you, Stevens?... Well?
George Stevens:Well...
SSgt. Williams:[raising his voice] Well?
George Stevens:[somewhat bewildered and disoriented] I was...
SSgt. Williams:[deliberately trying to intimidate] You what? One of those cads who can't make up his mind whether he's a boy or a girl?
George Stevens:I'm married, sir.
SSgt. Williams:Are you now? And who is who in your little partnership?
George Stevens:We don't have to be treated like that, do we?
[he begins to turn to face Williams]
George Stevens:I mean...
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Referenced in Zámek Nekonecno (1984)See more »


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24 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
Connery at his finest, 24 June 2000
Author: Sonatine97 ( from Birmingham, England

Life in a British Military prison somewhere in the Lybian desert, at a time when national service (conscription) in the UK was still in force up until the mid 60s.

A superb film from Lumet that involves all sorts of political, social & personal issues. Clearly the most defined is one of Social Class between the officers & the grunts on the ground. Although Lumet doesn't make this distinction blatently obvious he makes up for it with subtle hints that are made known between Connery & Andrews in particular.

Of course another issue is one of national identity. Britain was no longer the superpower it was by the 60s and her empire was being lost through independence. Meaning that the British forces, and the army in particular, was losing its place in the world of Service & honour to the Throne.

Andrews represents a man of tradition, honour, breeding & standing. He is the unofficial overlord of the camp where he tries hard to reinforce those rules not only to the prisoners but also to his fellow officers.

While Connery represents the other side of the coin: a working class man with principles, but also a more objective man who can see the world has changed and that Britain is out of touch and is sickened by what he sees inside Andrews' camp.

But again, Lumet doesn't insult our intelligence by marking these distinctions with over the top violence. It is all cleverly interwoven throughout the film with a quality ending.

Connery has never been better, with the exception of perhaps The Untouchables and The Name of the Rose.

Andrews just takes the plaudits as the Sergeant caught in a timewarp, seeing his own little "empire" of Rules & Regulations crumble around him, and his efforts to maintain order at any cost.

In addition there is remarkable support from Ian Bannen, another Sergeant but younger and more human than his superior. Bannen is excellent as he tries to help the prisoners from Andrews' sadism but he too is soon found wanting.

Finally, there's Ossie Davis, who is a black prisoner proud to fight for his Queen & Country, and yet gets treated far worse by Andrews' & co simply because he is black.

Although Davis gives a very good performance, I'm always concerned that quite a few of his movie roles represent the racial aspect and how he deals with it. But nevertheless, he is excellent here.

A good film then, on a par with Full Metal Jacket. Tough, sweaty, loud, gripping!


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