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?
Every actor spoke their own language during filming, and thus the movie was originally intended as trilingual in French, German and English (with a bit of Swedish). However, no home video release has as of yet reproduced this, preferring instead to provide audio tracks fully dubbed into one language or another. 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
And if a bomb should miss?
Général Von Choltitz
A few bombs always miss, but others will hit the target. It's the law of averages.
A bomb that misses... could hit... Notre Dame. Sainte Chapelle. That's a thousand years of history, turned to dust.
The end credit sequence is in color. See more
Referenced in Commandos 2: Men of Courage