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Count Five and Die (1957)

Approved | | Drama, History, Thriller | March 1958 (USA)
American and British counter-espionage combine to convince the Germans the cross-channel invasion will be in the Netherlands instead of France.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Captain Bill Ranson
... Rolande Hertog
... Major Julien Howard
... Dr. Mulder
Rolf Lefebvre ... Hans Faber, chief spy
Larry Burns ... Martins, building porter-spy
Anthony Ostrer
Claude Kingston ... Willem Mulder
... Lt. Miller
Peter Prouse ... Sgt. Bill Parrish
Philip Bond ... Piet van Wijt
... Mr. Hendrijk
Marianne Walla ... Mrs. Hendrijk
... Mary Ann Lennig
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American and British counter-espionage combine to convince the Germans the cross-channel invasion will be in the Netherlands instead of France.

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The film takes place in 1944. See more »

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In the first minute or so there's a shot of the nearside front wing, bonnet and bonnet mounted spare wheel on a 4x4 type vehicle. This is a Land Rover. The Land Rover wasn't developed until several years after the war had ended. See more »

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A true story from the annals of the Office of Strategic Services of the United States. See more »

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Music by Peter Warren
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They always make the same mistake of getting mixed up with ladies in the spying game.
24 June 2018 | by See all my reviews

It takes some time before the action gets going in this film, but when it starts it never ceases to accelerate in intrigue, suspension and drama. Annemarie Duringer is prominetly leading the film by her very suave and susceptible character, most amiable but with an abyss of hidden agenda. Nigel Patrick is perfect as usual, almost too perfect, while Jeffrey Hunter is a bit of an outsider in this game, can't really handle his business nor himself, and he has to pay for it. It's very dark and almost claustrophobic in the insistency on scenes in labyrinthine insides, and only rarely you go out into dark streets för some following or spying or bullets. The title "Count Five and Die" gives away the whole drama - as a spy sent out on a mission you are given a cyanide capsule in case you get caught, and when you swallow it you count to five and die. It's very easy but not really and actually rather complicated, as you don't always reach that capsule in time...

It reminds very much of Anthony Asquith's "Orders to Kill" a few years earlier, it's the same kind of problems of innocence and the wrong people getting caught up in the wrong game, and above all the doom of destiny is there hanging around more people than anyone bargained for.


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