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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 »

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Zoltan Korda

Writers:

John Howard Lawson (screenplay), Janet Stevenson (adapted from the play by) | 3 more credits »
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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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NO ONE WILL CROSS THIS LINE...AND LIVE! (original poster-all cap) See more »

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Drama | War

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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

Underwater bridges were a real Soviet Army engineering feat used in WWII. A report on such submerged bridges was published in the U.S. War Department's journal "Tactical and Technical Trends", no. 29, July 15, 1943. 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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tries to be smarter
21 June 2019 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

It's 1942 and the Soviets have fallen back under German attack. The Soviets are secretly building a bridge to launch a counter-attack. They sent paratroopers to help partisans in enemy territory to locate German forces. With intel of impending German reinforcements, they launch a surprise attack. Paratrooper Alexei Kulkov with local guide Lisa Elenko take seven German soldiers prisoners but become trapped under a collapsed building.

This was shown at a time when the Soviets were still Allies. Aside from the war action scenes, this is essentially an one room play. My only concern is that I don't see these characters talk so easily. The writing is definitely trying to be smarter than most. Alexei should definitely force the prisoners to sit down. There is a few things about this that rings a little false. It wouldn't matter as much if this isn't reaching for the higher levels. This is not the standard war movie. It's trying to be more and the little annoyances hurt.


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