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A Man Escaped (1956)

Un condamné à mort s'est échappé ou Le vent souffle où il veut (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 26 August 1957 (USA)
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A captured French Resistance fighter during WWII engineers a daunting escape from a Nazi prison in France.

Director:

Robert Bresson

Writers:

André Devigny (memoir), Robert Bresson (scenario) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 4 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
François Leterrier ... Le lieutenant Fontaine
Charles Le Clainche Charles Le Clainche ... François Jost
Maurice Beerblock Maurice Beerblock ... Blanchet
Roland Monod Roland Monod ... Le pasteur Deleyris
Jacques Ertaud Jacques Ertaud ... Orsini
Jean Paul Delhumeau Jean Paul Delhumeau ... Hebrard
Roger Treherne Roger Treherne ... Terry
Jean Philippe Delamarre Jean Philippe Delamarre ... Le prisonnier 10
Jacques Oerlemans Jacques Oerlemans ... Le gardien-chef
Klaus Detlef Grevenhorst Klaus Detlef Grevenhorst ... L'officier de L'Abwehr
Leonhard Schmidt Leonhard Schmidt ... Le garde de l'escorte
Roger Planchon ... Le garde cycliste
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Storyline

Captured French Resistance fighter Lieutenant Fontaine awaits a certain death sentence for espionage in a stark Nazi prison in Lyon, France. Facing malnourishment and paralyzing fear, he must plot an extraordinary escape, complicated by the questions of whom to trust, and what lies beyond the small portion of the prison they are housed in. Written by Sam Spector

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Robert Bresson's Prize Winning Film

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #650. See more »

Quotes

Le lieutenant Fontaine: [Narrating, after giving his word to the prison warden that he would not try to escape again] Who were we kidding? He certainly did not believe me. As for myself, I was determined to escape at the first opportunity.
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Great Mass in C Minor, No.16 (K.427) - Agnus Dei
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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Amazing, one of the best movies ever made
11 March 1999 | by Jonathan-18See all my reviews

Though the title seems to ruin the ending, the movie isn't boring for a moment. Suspense to the end. Marvelous filmmaking. The movie follows slowly and quietly the day of the prisoner who's to be executed and plans an escape. I don't know what else to say. You have to watch this. 32 of the 46 voters gave it a 10! Genius. They don't make movies like this often. Must See for movie lovers and all.


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Country:

France

Language:

French | German

Release Date:

26 August 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Man Escaped or: The Wind Bloweth Where It Listeth See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (censored)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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