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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Capt. Von Berkow
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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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26 February 1979 (Turkey)  »

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El pasaje  »

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

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'the back passage' more like.
28 October 2003 | by (manchester, england) – See all my reviews

this was a handsomely filmed but thoroughly nasty wartime adventure thriller i first saw when it was released way back in '79 about a german scientist (james mason) being smuggled across the swiss alps by a basque guide (anthony quinn) whilst being hotly pursued by a sadistic ss nazi commandant (malcolm mcdowell in a truly hilarious performance). certain scenes are indeed quite disturbing; malcolm's slicing off of a victim's fingers during an interrogation, malcolm's massacre of a gypsy family led by christopher lee and malcolm's subsequent rape of the scientist's beautiful daughter (kay lenz) after removing his nazi branded briefs (charming). some of the swedish scenery is quite breathtaking (especially the opening aerial credit sequence across the alps) and the movie is competently directed by the late, great brit veteran j. lee thompson ('cape fear', 'the guns of navarone', 'death wish 4').


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