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The Story of a Three-Day Pass (1968)
"La permission" (original title)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  8 July 1968 (USA)
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A black American soldier is demoted for fraternizing with a white girl in France.

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Credited cast:
Harry Baird ...
Turner
Pierre Doris ...
Peasant / Le paysan
Christian Marin ...
Hotelman / L'hôtelier
Nicole Berger ...
Miriam
Karell Jonathan Beer
George Birt
Jon Carlson
Muriel Gaines
Florita Peres
Liberto Malsan
Dany Jacquet
Valerie Kovaks
Jean Dumaine
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hal Brav ...
The Captain
Tria French ...
Madame Abernathy
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A tale of innocence abroad, with racial overtones. Turner is a Black American, stationed at an air base in France. His captain thinks Turner's a good Negro, obedient, cheerful, and frightened, so he gives him a promotion and a three-day pass. On the first night, at a club, he meets Miriam, a White Parisian shop clerk. They dance, talk, and fantasize about each other. He's amazed when she agrees to spend the weekend with him at a Normandy beach hotel; in fact, he guesses she's a prostitute. She's not, they go; it's off season, they have their pick of rooms, and romance ensues. Then, racial misunderstanding and real prejudice complicate the weekend and its aftermath. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Deeply satisfying
17 September 2003 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

Burdened though it is by director Melvin Van Peebles typical editing foibles, Story of A Three Day Pass is nonetheless his greatest film, buoyed by superb performances by handsome Harry Baird, lovely doomed starlet Nicole Berger, and the unheralded Harold Brav as Baird's apoplectic commanding officer. A romantic comedy about love, racism and the United States Army, the film will raise you up only to drop you down, but it rarely resorts to cinematic cliche and will appeal to idealist and cynic alike. Beautifully shot by Michel Kelber, the film also features an absolutely top notch score which deserves some sort of recognition and is instantly atop my list of 'soundtrack most in need of a CD (re)issue'. Strongly recommended for all.


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