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The Seventh Cross (1944)

Passed | | Drama , War | 24 July 1944 (USA)
In Nazi Germany in 1936 seven men escape from a concentration camp. The camp commander puts up seven crosses and, as the Gestapo returns each escapee he is put to death on a cross. The ... See full summary »

Director:

Fred Zinnemann

Writers:

Helen Deutsch (screen play), Anna Seghers (based upon the novel by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Spencer Tracy ... George Heisler
Signe Hasso ... Toni
Hume Cronyn ... Paul Roeder
Jessica Tandy ... Liesel Roeder
Agnes Moorehead ... Mme. Marelli
Herbert Rudley ... Franz Marnet
Felix Bressart ... Poldi Schlamm
Ray Collins ... Wallau
Alexander Granach ... Zillich
Katherine Locke Katherine Locke ... Mrs. Sauer
George Macready ... Bruno Sauer
Paul Guilfoyle ... Fiedler
Steven Geray ... Dr. Loewenstein
Kurt Katch ... Leo Hermann
Kaaren Verne ... Leni (as Karen Verne)
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In Nazi Germany in 1936 seven men escape from a concentration camp. The camp commander puts up seven crosses and, as the Gestapo returns each escapee he is put to death on a cross. The seventh cross is still empty as George Heisler seeks freedom in Holland. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 July 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The Ninth Symphony by German composer Hans Werner Henze (libretto by German poet Hans-Ulrich Treichel) is also based on Anna Sgehers' novel "Das seibte Kreuz", the source for this film. See more »

Goofs

The children of the Hitler Youth are wearing the armbands of adult members of the Nazi Party and not the Hitler Youth. The swastika would not be in a white disc surrounded by red but in a white square surrounded by red. This scene was when one of the prisoners was found and was dragged out of a hiding place with the children all running to see. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Paul Roeder: A fine thing!
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There Is Hope in the Mankind
20 January 2015 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In the fall of 1936, the Germans are purging the rebels and sending them to the Concentration Camp of Westhofen. One day, there is a break out and the prisoners Pelzer, Bellani, Aldinger, Beutler, Fuellgrabe, George Heisler (Spencer Tracy) and the leader Ernst Wallau escape. They are hunted down by the soldiers and the camp commandant builds seven crosses to put each escapee on each cross. The bitter George Heisler heads to his hometown Mainz without any help and loses his faith in the German people. Meanwhile one by one of the prisoners are captured by the German soldiers.

Once in Mainz, George seeks out his former girlfriend Leni (Karen Verne) that said that would wait for him but she is married and refuses to help him. Then he witnesses the suicide of Bellani and he meets his friend Mme. Marelli (Agnes Moorehead) that gives clothes and some money that she was keeping for Bellani to him. When George finally arrives at the address of his contact, he discovers that he had been arrested by Gestapo. Without any alternative, George decides to risk and visit his friend Paul Roeder (Hume Cronyn) and Liesel Roeder (Jessica Tandy). Meanwhile there are friends of George that want to help him but do not know where he is. Paul decides to help George with the support of his friend Fiedler (Paul Guilfoyle) and they bring George to an inn. But the waitress Toni (Signe Hasso) recognizes George and there is a reward of five thousand-Marc on him. What will happen to George?

"The Seventh Cross" is a dramatic and emotional movie with a great story of lost and regain of faith in the mankind. The story follows George Heisler and is anguishing, especially because the characters live in a dark period where it is not possible to know who is reliable or not. The conclusion is another plus in this great feature. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "A Sétima Cruz" ("The Seventh Cross")


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