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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The plane shown attacking the freighter is a model of a Focke-Wulf 200, a bomber developed from a airliner. It's an accurate representation of the 200, with the exception that it has a bomb bay, which the original did not have. 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
My comrades, I can think of no more fitting last words for our friend than those which he himself wrote as his last words and wasn't able to deliver. "My dear son, today you are 5 years old and your father has never seen you. But someday, in a better world, he will. I write to you of that day. Together we walk, hand in hand. We walk and we look. And some of the things we see are wonderful, and some are terrible. On a green stretch of ground are 10,000 graves, and you feel hatred welling up in ...
Written by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle
Variations played often in the score
Sung by a chorus at the end See more