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J. Lee Thompson
In 1939 Germany invaded Poland and Russia comes as thousands of Polish soldiers are interned in Siberia. In 1941, Russia was invaded by Germany. Two polish-born brothers, Victor and Marek, want to reach the border of Afghanistan and escape from the Siberian concentration gulag. Once they do, they locate to the father of one of his fellow captives and give him some news about his son. The father, grateful, promises help and allows them to settle in Sukumov's home. Victor and Marez fall in love to Marusia and Ajmi, respectively. The two brothers decide to move to another city but Victor need to be hospitalized due to a contagious illness: typhus. Written by
There's not much to recommend this bloated and overlong international co-production. Stars Maxmillian Schell and Raf Vallone play brothers in the Polish Army who, in 1940, flee their Siberan labor camp in an effort to reach the comparative safety of Afghanistan. First, though, they must sojourn in Uzbekistan, where they are sheltered by kindly Ibram (Fernando Rey). Unfortunately, Schell falls for Ibram's lovely wife Ajmi (Irene Papas) whilst Vallone develops a crush on local lass Marusia (Maria Perschy) before falling ill to a case of typhus. All of these soap opera style diversions lead up to the film's less than thrilling escape climax, as our intrepid heroes finally try to cross into Afghanistan. Your eyes will have glazed over by the 50 minute mark, but the film drags on for another hour.
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