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...and the Fifth Horseman Is Fear (1965)

...a pátý jezdec je Strach (original title)
TV-MA | | Drama, War | 6 May 1968 (USA)
A Jewish doctor in Nazi occupied Czechoslovakia risks his life and attempts to regain his identity by assisting a wounded political fugitive.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Miroslav Machácek ...
Dr. Braun
Olga Scheinpflugová ...
Music Teacher
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Mrs. Vesely
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Mr. Vesely
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Fanta
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Sidlak
Jana Pracharová ...
Sidlak's Wife
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Police Inspector
Tomás Hádl ...
Honzik
Eva Svobodová ...
Porter's Wife
Jirí Pleskot ...
Husband
Milan Mach ...
Husband
Mirko Musil ...
Husband
Roman Hemala ...
Husband
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Mrs. Wiener
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Dr. Braun is forbidden to practice medicine because he's a Jew living in Nazi occupied Czechoslovakia. He's old, seems resigned about the fate of the Jews, and even works in the Department of Confiscation of Jewish Property. One day a neighbor asks him to assist a wounded political fugitive. Dr. Braun reluctantly operates to remove the bullet, but warns that plenty of morphine will soon be needed in order to keep the man from screaming when he awakes, which would attract unwanted attention. After some soul searching, Dr. Braun decides to redeem himself and reclaim his identify as a person and doctor by continuing to provide assistance. His search for the scarce morphine takes him on a nightmarish journey which includes a brothel where local women are forced to be prostitutes for German soldiers, a bar where the locals try to drown their misery in booze and dancing, and a Jewish insane asylum with a high suicide rate. Meanwhile, in a world where there is constant propaganda instructing... Written by TimeNTide

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Lili Marleen
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Written by Norbert Schultze and Hans Leip
Played and sung during the bordello sequence
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Probably one of, if not the best Holocaust films ever made!
19 August 2003 | by (Clearwater, Florida) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie when I was a teenager and it's stayed with me ever since. Why it has never been digitalized for VHS and/or DVD is a mystery to me. This movie captures the true essence of horrible Nazi atrocities without today's special effects or computer graphics and is able to communicate it's primal message to the viewer with the best acting, directing and film noir that I've ever seen. Strangely, the film (titled "The Fith Horseman is Fear" for American audiences) leaves you with a sense of hope and is somewhat uplifting - I strongly recommend it and hope that this message helps attract enough attention for someone to format it for home viewing.


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