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

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


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Isaac Nagy
Liam Redmond ...
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Meier Tzelniker ...
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Insp. Varga
Tribunal president
Trajan Koruga
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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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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the 25th hour
29 December 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This movie ... I saw it 15 years ago and in the last years couldn't remember it any more, name or anything else, just it was about a Romanian country man played superbly by Anthony Quinn. The impression I got from this drama will be eternal. Finally I found the name of the movie, I hope I will be able to buy it. And honestly this movie worth 10 Oscars. Ten times BRAVO. I was quite young when I first saw the movie. I asked my friends if they heard about this story but nobody would know anything about Anthony Quinn playing the role of a Romanian peasant. I remember when a German officer came and saw Anthony and told him he was a good "breed" but in fact the German was cheating on him. For few bucks you won't get rich in case you buy the movie but you will be rich if you have it.

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