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Counter-Attack (1945)

Approved | | War, Drama | 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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... Alexei Kulkov
... Lisa Elenko
... Kirichenko
Harro Meller ... Ernemann
... Kostyuk
... Col. Semenov
Erik Rolf ... Vassilev
... Prof. Müller
Rudolph Anders ... Stillman
... Galkronye
Frederick Giermann ... Ludwig Weiler
... Krafft (as Paul Andor)
... Sgt. Johann Grillparzer
... 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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Based on the Broadway play "Counterattack" which opened at the Windsor Theatre, 157 W. 48th St., on February 4, 1943 and ran for 85 performances until April 17, 1943. See more »

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Referenced in The Way We Were (1973) See more »

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Well acted and exciting war flick
11 January 2007 | by See all my reviews

Recently saw this movie on TCM. Very powerful. It concerns a Russian soldier (Paul Muni) and a female resistance agent (well played by Marguerite Chapman, who I'm not familiar with) trapped in a bombed factory (?) with seven Germans. The director has some better known films, including "Four Feathers." Muni is well known. The others appear to be character actors.

It becomes a battle of wills, most of the action taking place in a condensed space -- the small area they are trapped in. But, meanwhile, we also get some excellent shots of the happenings outside in the battlefield and thereabouts. These add a nice touch to the movie, realistically so as well (a sort of newsreel feel in some cases).

The movie has a 1945 publication date but is played basically straight. It is always interesting as well when Russians are the good guys.


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