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Army of Shadows (1969)

L'armée des ombres (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, War | 12 September 1969 (France)
An account of underground resistance fighters in Nazi-occupied France.

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(novel), (adaptation)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Jean François Jardie
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Claude Mann ...
Claude Ullmann dit 'Le Masque'
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Felix Lepercq
Christian Barbier ...
Guillaume Vermersch dit 'Le Bison'
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The hairdresser
André Dewavrin ...
Alain Dekok ...
Legrain
Alain Mottet ...
Commander of the camp
Alain Libolt ...
Paul Dounat
Jean-Marie Robain ...
Baron de Ferte Talloire
Albert Michel ...
Gendarm
Denis Sadier ...
Gestapo's doctor
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Storyline

France, 1942, during the occupation. Philippe Gerbier, a civil engineer, is one of the French Resistance's chiefs. Given away by a traitor, he is interned in a camp. He manages to escape, and joins his network at Marseilles, where he makes the traitor be executed... This non-spectacular movie (do not expect any Rambo or Robin Hood) shows us rigorously and austerely the everyday of the French Resistants : their solitude, their fears, their relationships, the arrests, the forwarding of orders and their carrying out... Both writer Joseph Kessel and co-writer and director Jean-Pierre Melville belonged to this "Army in the Shadows". Written by Yepok

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Taglines:

Betrayal. Loyalty. Collaboration. Resistance.

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$12,620 (USA) (28 April 2006)

Gross:

$741,733 (USA) (20 April 2007)
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(Eastmancolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Cinematographer Pierre Lhomme claimed that the last surviving, watchable print of the movie had turned completely pink with age. He later supervised the 2k resolution, digital restoration of the film at the Eclair Laboratories in Paris. See more »

Goofs

In the sequence when Mathilde exits the car and silently waves goodbye to Gerbier, in response he rolls his window up completely, yet in the very next shot his window remains open as the car drives away. See more »

Quotes

Jean François Jardie: She said five minutes, but she'll wait a lifetime.
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Connections

Referenced in Reservoir Dogs (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

20 Octobre 1942
Written and Performed by Orchestre Éric Demarsan
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Seldom Seen Human's in War and Resistance.
4 March 2005 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

I saw this brilliant drama-piece a long time ago and it bound me to my chair. I couldn't move. It is so dramatic and meaningful, and full of betrayal. A choice of life and death never before so condemning in film registered as Jean Pierre Melville himself. He was here recounting his memory as a underground member.

Never before I saw a movie where betrayal had such an impact. I wanted to scream and to help them, but Melville does a little about that.

Spend a lot of nights with bad dreams and a complete loss of human insight.

This masterwork deserves the maximum score. 10*


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