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The Passage (1979)

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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The Gypsy
Paul Clemens ...
Paul Bergson
Robert Rhys ...
Gypsy Son
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Perea
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Alain Renoudot
Peter Arne ...
Guide
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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A howling white hell, Nazi hunters -- and a Basque guide who became a giant among men. See more »

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Action | Drama | War

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26 February 1979 (Turkey)  »

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El pasaje  »

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Actress Uma Thurman said of this movie on 12/10/2003: "When I was young there was one called The Passage (1979). It horrified me. I think Malcolm McDowell chopped off someone's fingers. I never got over it". 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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