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Odette (1950)

During WW2, a French woman living in England volunteers to work for British Intelligence in Nazi-occupied France.

Director:

Herbert Wilcox

Writers:

Jerrard Tickell (by), Warren Chetham Strode (screenplay) (as Warren Chetham-Strode)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Anna Neagle ... Odette Sanson / Marie / Lise
Trevor Howard ... Captain Peter Churchill / Raoul
Marius Goring ... Colonel Henri
Peter Ustinov ... Lt. Alex Rabinovich / Arnauld
Bernard Lee ... Jack
Maurice Buckmaster Maurice Buckmaster ... Himself
Alfred Schieske ... Camp Commandant
Gilles Quéant Gilles Quéant ... Jacques (as Gilles Queant)
Marianne Walla Marianne Walla ... S.S. Wardress
Fritz Wendhausen Fritz Wendhausen ... Colonel (as F.R. Wendhousen)
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Storyline

This is the story of a brave woman who volunteered to join S.O.E. (Special Operations Executive) during World War II. She was flown into occupied France where she fought with the French resistance. Captured and tortured by the Gestapo, she refused to identify her accomplices. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | French | German

Release Date:

2 October 1950 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Odette - agent S23 See more »

Filming Locations:

Annecy, Haute-Savoie, France See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

It won the 1951 Daily Mail National Film Award. See more »

Goofs

When Neagle & Ustinov are scrambling up a snow bank in order to light the beacon for the aircraft, they scramble up the SAME bank twice. See more »

Quotes

Odette Sanson: [Odette has been tortured] Would it be possible to say a Mass?
German priest: I would gladly do so my child. But my duties here are to comfort the dying and to bury the dead.
German priest: I will ask... but I am sure the Gestao will not permit me.
Odette Sanson: Why... Are they so afraid of God?
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Crazy Credits

Epilogue, scrolls up the screen ... "It is with a sense of deep humility that I allow my personal story to be told. I am a very ordinary woman to whom a chance was given to see human beings at their best and at their worst. I knew kindness as well as cruelty, understanding as well as brutality. My comrades, who did far more than I and suffered far more profoundly, are not here to speak. It is to their memory that this film has been made and I would like it to be a window through which may be seen those very gallant women with whom I had the honour to serve." Odette Churchill See more »

Connections

Featured in Al Murray's Great British Spy Movies (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Saga of Odette
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Composed by Anthony Collins
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Worth seeing because it's true!
24 June 2018 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Odette" is the true story of Odette Sansom, an incredibly brave lady who risked her life as a spy during WWII. Much of the film is about her exploits in France during the Nazi occupation and the final portion is about her being caught, tortured and imprisoned.

While the film is a bit slow here and there, I appreciates so much about it. First, while it was sanitized and you didn't see the same degree of horrors Odette saw in Ravensbruck concentration camp, the film didn't succumb to 'Hollywoodizing'....fictionalizing her story in order to make a supposedly better film. You see her as she was...a brave but vulnerable woman. Second, the story was a bit underplayed...and seemed more real because of it. Overall, an exceptionally well made and true story of an incredible lady.


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