The Passage (1979)

R  |   |  Action, Drama, War  |  26 February 1979 (Turkey)
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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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Complete credited cast:
The Basque
Prof. John Bergson
Capt. Von Berkow
Ariel Bergson
Leah Bergson
The Gypsy
Paul Bergson
Robert Rhys ...
Gypsy Son
Marcel Bozzuffi ...
Alain Renoudot
Peter Arne ...
Neville Jason ...
Lt. Reinke
Rose Alba ...
Madame Alba


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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26 February 1979 (Turkey)  »

Also Known As:

El pasaje  »

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First non-American cinema film of American actress Kay Lenz. See more »

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Violent All-Star cast WW2 film with incredible McDowell performance!!
23 September 1999 | by (Seattle, Washington) – See all my reviews

United Artist must have lost a bundle back then, when this film only lasted a week in all screens in Seattle when they released this film. The film is "R" rated, violent and brutal! McDowell plays a psychotic WW2 Nazi Captain who is in pursuit of a doctor (Mason) and his family (Neal, Lenz, Clement) who is on the run from the Nazi's, and is helped by a Basque guide (Quinn) and two agents (Lonsadale/Bouzuffi) to take them across the mountain to safetly. McDowell turns into a Nazi Caligula as he do sick things and plays it almost in a camp like fashion like wear a chef hat and chops off Lonsndale fingers while cooking and saying "chop chop, chop chop!", Burn a gypsy (Christopher Lee) alive saying "I'm send him exactly where he told me to go....HELL", and rapes Kay Lenz as he wears a Nazi symbol on his underwear! McDowall also places a black comb under his nose to look like Hitler in one scene! This film is beyond what McDowall did in CLOCKWORK ORANGE! This is a performance that Mike Myers should look into remaking! The ending is incredible, but I can't give it away, but the bad guy's death doesn't involve a gun. Not recommended if you hate this sort of entertainment, despite the fact this is one of those all star cast international co productions, but the TV print cut out of most of the nasty stuff, so check out the TV print instead if you are a fan of the 70's interantional all star cast epics! Others beware! Great score by Michael J Lewis though!

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