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The North Star (1943)

Passed | | Drama, Romance, War | 4 March 1944 (Mexico)
A Ukrainian village must suddenly contend with the Nazi invasion of June 1941.

Director:

Lewis Milestone

Writers:

Lillian Hellman (original story), Lillian Hellman (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 6 Oscars. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anne Baxter ... Marina Pavlov
Dana Andrews ... Kolya Simonov
Walter Huston ... Dr. Kurin
Walter Brennan ... Karp
Ann Harding ... Sophia Pavlov
Jane Withers ... Clavdia Kurin
Farley Granger ... Damian Simonov
Erich von Stroheim ... Dr. von Harden
Dean Jagger ... Rodion Pavlov
Eric Roberts ... Grisha Kurin
Carl Benton Reid ... Boris Simonov
Ann Carter ... Olga Pavlov
Esther Dale ... Anna Kurin
Ruth Nelson ... Nadya Simonov
Paul Guilfoyle ... Iakin
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Storyline

It's June, 1941 in a farming cooperative in the Soviet Socialist Republic of the Ukraine. Although the citizens of the cooperative hear about the atrocities of the war on their radios, they are on the most part not yet directly affected by it. It's the end of the school year, and some of the older youth are excited about their futures. Beyond that, a small group of those youths are looking most forward to their imminent vacation to Kiev, where they are planning to hike for the four or five days it takes to get there above their planned three days in the city itself. They include: Damian Terasa Simonov, who finished top of his class including getting a scholarship to study at the State University of Kiev in the fall; his girlfriend, Marina Pavlov, the two who will be separated for the year as she finishes her schooling and who plan eventually to reunite in Kiev not only for Marina to go to university as well but for the two to get married; Kolya Simonov, Damian's older, more worldly ... Written by Huggo

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Taglines:

A ROLLING WALL OF HELL THAT COULDN'T BE STOPPED... A HANDFUL OF MEN WHO HAD TO STOP IT! (rerelease title card all-caps0 See more »

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Drama | Romance | War

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | German | Russian

Release Date:

4 March 1944 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Armored Attack! See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (re-edited) (re-release)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The earliest documented telecast of this film occurred Monday 7 January 1946 on New York City's pioneer television station WNBT (Channel 1). This would have been the original, uncut, unmutilated version that was soon to be locked up by the House Committee on Unamerican Activities (HUAC), and not resurrected in its entirety until many decades later. See more »

Goofs

During the wagon ride in the hay-cart while the peasants are singing, little Grisha is shown first with, then without, and finally with his harmonica. See more »

Quotes

Boris Stepanich Simonov, truck driver: Comrades, we have good reasons to know our country is at war. In our small village alone, 30 people have been injured. Eleven people have been killed. But his is not a time for mourning - it is time for revenge. We will divide into two groups, each to do his duty from this day until death. The able-bodied men are to come forward to the right of this building. We will move from our village to the hills to take our position as guerrillas. I will go immediate to comrade Commander Petrov's garrison...
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Alternate Versions

In 1956, the film was sold to television and re-edited under the title "Armored Attack." 25 minutes were removed, including all references to the word "comrade," and with the help of voice-over narrations, turned the alleged pro-Communist piece into anti-Communist territory. See more »

Connections

Featured in Sprockets: Masters of Menace (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

No Village Like Mine
(uncredited)
Music by Aaron Copland
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
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Rare Movie To Show Soviet Russia In Positive Light
5 March 2005 | by craig-378See all my reviews

One of the many staple of movies made during WWII to both entertain the audience and aid the war effort. Several then-known and soon-to-be-known stars such as Walter Brennan, Dana Andrews, Walter Huston, and Anne Baxter. Aside from the usual war effort type movie, the biggest thing about this movie was that it was one of the rare movies to show the Soviet Union in a positive light. Granted it focused on a small village in the Ukraine without much explicit Soviet visuals but it was none the less. Again it was shot in 1943 when we, and the Soviets, were technically allies and battling the Nazis. Even then the US was never really at ease with the Soviet alliance and shortly after the surrender of Germany it became apparent that the Soviets broke with the rest of the allied post-war plans. However this movie was meant to be more of a heart-warming drama focusing on several families and most specifically their young children who are from 17-to late 20s and a couple even younger who set out on a road trip on the same day Nazi Germany invades the Ukraine. Brennan plays the old man grandfatherly figure who helps the younger people deal with the attack once it commences. This was one of Dana Andrews' earliest war type movies he goes on to play many more such roles. Obviously meant to be a propaganda piece or at least to elicit support for the war it is a good movie if you like war type movies especially since it shows an aspect of the WWII experience that is not commonly scene in movies.


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