In this sprawling, star-laden film, we see the struggles of various French resistance factions to regain control of Paris near the end of World War II. The Nazi general in charge of Paris, Dietrich von Cholitz (Fröbe), is under orders from Hitler himself to burn the city if he cannot control it or if the Allies get too close. Much of the drama centers around the moral deliberations of the general, the Swedish ambassador (Welles), and the eager but desperate leaders of the resistance. Written by
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A motion picture to command the attention of the world !
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26 October 1966 (France)
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70 mm 6-Track
(70 mm prints) (Westrex Recording System)| Mono
(35 mm prints)
Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?
French actor Claude Rich
actually plays two characters in this film. Rich plays the young Lt. Pierre de la Fouchardière and the mustached Gen. Henri Leclerc
, de la Fouchardière's commander, but Rich is only credited for playing Leclerc. In real life, as a teenage boy during the Second World War, Rich was staring at some German soldiers in the street, and the real de la Fouchardière saved him from possible harm when he saw the boy in the street and got him to come into the building he was in and away from the Germans. See more
At the end of the movie, the lieutenant Henri Karcher calls his father to tell him he has just captured a general. Actually, his father died in 1914. See more
General, your enemy is the Allied Army, not the people of Paris.
The end credit sequence is in color. See more
Referenced in Commandos 2: Men of Courage