As French bomber crews prepare an air raid from a base in England, we learn the story of Matrac, a French journalist who opposed the Munich Pact. Framed for murder and sent to Devil's Island, he and four others escape. They are on a ship bound for Marseilles when France surrenders and fascist sympathizer Major Duval tries to seize the ship for Vichy.
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Did You Know?
There is a scene in the prison, just before the breakout, where the camera pans across the bunks of the prisoners. Renault, one of the five who ends up escaping, is shown making something with small pieces of wood. An easily missed detail is that he is actually making a miniature model of a guillotine. See more
During the funeral is mentioned that Matrac's son is 5 years old. Assuming that was born in 1940 (his father condemned in 1939 plus nine months of pregnancy) the movie depicts 1944 or 1945. By that time France have been already freed. See more
[to Paula as she is playing the piano
Funny how much more you can say with a few bars of music then a basketful of words.
Featured in Warner at War
Written by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle
Variations played often in the score
Sung by a chorus at the end See more