The 25th Hour (1967)
"La vingt-cinquième heure" (original title)

 |  Drama, War  |  26 April 1967 (France)
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In WW2, a Romanian Gentile peasant is denounced by the village gendarme and sent to a concentration camp for Jews where, due to an error, he's drafted into the SS.


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Complete credited cast:
Johann Moritz
Suzanna Moritz
Grégoire Aslan ...
Defense lawyer
Strul (as Dalio)
Jan Werich ...
Sgt. Constantin
Harold Goldblatt ...
Isaac Nagy
Liam Redmond ...
Father Koruga
Meier Tzelniker ...
Kenneth J. Warren ...
Insp. Varga
Tribunal president
Trajan Koruga
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Ayres
Col. Greenfield


During World War Two, Johann Moritz, a Romanian Jewish peasant, whose pretty wife is lusted after by the village gendarme,is denounced,arrested and sent to a concentration camp.In the camp, the camp commander mistakes him for a new recruit, a volunteer to the SS and he is drafted into the SS.Ironically, after the war he is detained by the Allied authorities for his wartime involvement with the SS. Written by nufs68

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He fought against both sides in the war to get back to the woman who was in his dreams and always beyond his reach! See more »


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Release Date:

26 April 1967 (France)  »

Also Known As:

The Twenty  »

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| (TCM print)

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(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Marius Goring is dubbed. See more »


Edited into Voskovec & Werich - paralelní osudy (2012) See more »

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A memorable experience
21 August 2004 | by (Rick's Cafe) – See all my reviews

We don't know why this extraordinary film was never made available officially on DVD... Anthony Quinn's performance alone makes this a must-see. There are relatively few films in which an actor identifies so profoundly with his character, a phenomenon always unique for us, moviegoers.

But Quinn's powerful portrayal of an innocent Romanian, literally dragged out of his house and everyday life by forces he cannot comprehend, is only part of what makes this film great. The script is based on a book published in Paris by a Romanian priest who fled the Communist take-over of his country, and the film succeeds to go deep into a little known area of East-European history. Told as a succession of Kafka-esquire twists of fate, the misadventures of Johann Moritz (told openly and honestly, without any of the political correctness currently so precious in Hollywood) are in fact a eulogy for the lost innocence of the Romanian people... it is devilishly ironic that this eulogy is signed by a French director, working with the American money of an Italian producer, and overseeing a multinational cast fronted by an extraordinary Mexican-born thespian.

I've seen mentions of VCDs of this film in various Asian internet stores, and I was fortunate to take possession of a digital recording of this film, broadcast on the British version of TCM. But it's a shame that "The 25th Hour" isn't anywhere on the future DVD release map of MGM studios.

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