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Counter-Attack (1945)

Approved | | Drama, War | 26 April 1945 (USA)
This drama centers on a Red Army officer (Paul Muni), a Russian woman (Lisa Elenko), and seven German soldiers who have been trapped in the ruined cellar of a bombed out factory in a ... See full summary »

Director:

Zoltan Korda

Writers:

John Howard Lawson (screenplay), Janet Stevenson (adapted from the play by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Paul Muni ... Alexei Kulkov
Marguerite Chapman ... Lisa Elenko
Larry Parks ... Kirichenko
Harro Meller Harro Meller ... Ernemann
Roman Bohnen ... Kostyuk
George Macready ... Col. Semenov
Erik Rolf Erik Rolf ... Vassilev
Ludwig Donath ... Prof. Müller
Rudolph Anders Rudolph Anders ... Stillman
Philip Van Zandt ... Galkronye
Frederick Giermann Frederick Giermann ... Ludwig Weiler
Wolfgang Zilzer ... Krafft (as Paul Andor)
Ivan Triesault ... Sgt. Johann Grillparzer
Louis Adlon ... Huebsch
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This drama centers on a Red Army officer (Paul Muni), a Russian woman (Lisa Elenko), and seven German soldiers who have been trapped in the ruined cellar of a bombed out factory in a German-controlled town. While waiting for someone to rescue them, the two Russians try to keep the Germans away. Eventually the Russian officer begins toying with a German officer, and vice versa, as both seek to extract information from the other. The Russian lets on that his troops are planning to construct a tunnel beneath the river. The woman is appalled at this betrayal of information, but her companion reassures her that he can kill the enemy before they have time to share that information, but first they need to get rescued. As time slowly passes, the tension increases, especially when the Soviet begins to fall asleep. The film was made during the brief period after WW II when Russia and the U.S. were allies and the political overtones of the film were unintentional. Later, with the advent of the ... Written by ETO Film Buff

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Taglines:

IT'S THE STORY OF A MAN DROPPED INTO THE MOST SINISTER EARTH-SHAKING DRAMA EVER TO COME TO THE SCREEN! (original poster-all caps) See more »

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Drama | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 April 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

One Against Seven See more »

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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This version of a Russian play was adapted by John Howard Lawson, who was later blacklisted (as were some of the actors). See more »

Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: In 1942, Russia had been invaded to a depth of a thousand miles, and her armies seemed crushed. The world didn't know that these same "beaten" armies would turn, take back every foot of ground they had lost and then invade Germany itself.

One night in this same year, 1942 . . . .under cover of fog . . . .Russian engineers were engaged in a strange activity . . . .on a river, facing the German lines . . . . . See more »

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Cat-And-Mice
2 January 2018 | by GManfredSee all my reviews

Most of "Counter-Attack" takes place in a collapsed factory building in which 2 Russians and 7 Germans are trapped. Ordinarily, in a picture of this type, the action comes to a screeching halt and the film becomes a talkathon. But the story benefits greatly from the presence of Paul Muni, one of America's great actors, as the Russian soldier who is holding the 7 German soldiers captive until rescuers arrive.

The Russians are trying to drive the Germans from Russian soil, and have sent a handful of paratroopers ahead to gather information on troop movements, and the group is trapped after an explosion at a factory doubling as a German messaging outpost. That the film does not perish from Death by Dialogue is a tribute to Paul Muni's superior acting ability as well as an excellent script. If it comes on soon, catch it and see if you don't agree.


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