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Against the Wind (1948)

Not Rated | | Action, War, Drama | 26 June 1949 (USA)
British agents engage in hazardous duty behind German lines.

Director:

Charles Crichton

Writers:

J. Elder Wills (story), Michael Pertwee (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Beatty ... Father Philip
Simone Signoret ... Michèle
Jack Warner ... Cronk
Gordon Jackson ... Duncan
Paul Dupuis ... Picquart
Gisèle Préville Gisèle Préville ... Julie
John Slater ... Emile Meyer
Peter Illing ... Andrew
James Robertson Justice ... Ackerman
Sybille Binder ... Florence Malou
Hélène Hansen Hélène Hansen ... Marie Berlot
Gilbert Davis Gilbert Davis ... Commandant
Andrew Blackett Andrew Blackett ... Frankie
Arthur Lawrence Arthur Lawrence ... Verreker
Eugene Deckers ... Marcel Van Hecke
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Philip Elliot, refugee Belgian priest, reports to a secret school in London for spies and saboteurs behind German lines. After training, he and two others parachute into Belgium to help destroy a records office. This mission leads to German capture of an important resistance leader; four more agents (Emile, Max, Scotty, and Michele) go in on a rescue mission. But one of them is a traitor; and other things go wrong... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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They played macabre jokes - lively but deadly.

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Action | War | Drama

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This was Simone Signoret's first English language film. See more »

Crazy Credits

Closing credits epilogue: "Yet, Freedom! yet thy banner, torn, but flying. Streams like the thunder-storm against THE WIND" See more »

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Allee Allee Allee
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Arranged by Ernest Irving
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Adventure in wartime Belgium, good cast, plodding plot
20 October 2001 | by snauntonSee all my reviews

In 1943 a miscellaneous group of women and men of several nationalities prepare in London to be parachuted into Belgium. They are to lead sabotage operations against the occupying German forces. A government office is destroyed, a traitor is discovered, one of their number is captured and rescued, several of them die, two fall in love.

This is a classic British WWII adventure, exploiting the potential for romance of the Special Operations Executive, notwithstanding its marginal affect on the conduct of the war. The acting is good, with Simone Signoret very beautiful and suitably soulful, Gordon Jackson playing a characteristically shaky personality and Robert Beatty in a fine, solid role as the saboteur-priest. James Robertson-Justice, of course, plays himself, as always. The plot is a disappointment. The story line does not appear clearly until the second half of the film, after a series of scenes in which the members of the team are assembled and there is a series of half-hearted attempts to establish their backgrounds and motivation. The amateurishness reinforces a certain stereotype of the British people and the lamentable lack of security awareness makes one cringe. Despite the drawbacks, this film is well done and a pleasure to watch.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 June 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Enantia ston anemo See more »

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Ealing Studios See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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