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The Passage (1979)

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During WW 2, a Basque shepherd is approached by the underground, who wants him to lead a scientist and his family across the Pyrenees. While being pursued by a sadistic German.

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The Basque
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Prof. John Bergson
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Capt. Von Berkow
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Ariel Bergson
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Leah Bergson
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Paul Clemens ...
Paul Bergson
Robert Rhys ...
Gypsy Son
Marcel Bozzuffi ...
Perea
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Alain Renoudot
Peter Arne ...
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Neville Jason ...
Lt. Reinke
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Major
Rose Alba ...
Madame Alba
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During WW 2, a Basque shepherd is approached by the underground, who wants him to lead a scientist and his family across the Pyrenees. While being pursued by a sadistic German.

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An ice-swept escape route in front of them. A cold-blooded killer behind them. The only way out is up.

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Action | Drama | War

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26 February 1979 (Turkey)  »

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A Passagem  »

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James Mason had predicted to his co-star Kay Lenz that the movie would be a flop at the box office. He said, "You mark my words. All films that are predominantly in thick snow are a flop at the box office. Somehow they make an audience feel uncomfortably cold and damp." It turned out he was right and the film flopped worldwide. See more »

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Unforgettable - in both a good way and a bad way
11 April 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie ran in Europe for quite a while in the 1980s. I saw it several times there and, quite unexpectedly, on HBO or Cinemax late at night a few years ago.

The movie was about war and wars are nasty things. I do not think the violence was overblown in the movie - not after visiting a few Holocaust museums in Europe. McDowell's portrayal of a fanatical psychopath (not that know any) seemed very fitting.

In terms of the amount of blood and gore on screen, it seems tame compared to movies made later. Schindler's List is much more terrifying. Starship Troopers has much more severed limb type stuff than The Passage. But what makes this so chilling and repulsive is its realism; that things like these truly happened and happened not that long ago...


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