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Verboten! (1959)

Not Rated | | Drama, Thriller, War | 25 March 1959 (USA)
A young American serviceman, stationed in Germany after the fall of the Third Reich, jeopardises his position with the Marshall Plan relief effort by breaking the non-fraternisatiom rule ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
... Sgt. David Brent
... Helga Schiller / Brent
Tom Pittman ... Bruno Eckart
Paul Dubov ... Capt. R. Harvey
Harold Daye ... Franz Schiller
... Helmuth Strasser
... Colonel
... Mayor (Burghermeister) of Rothbach
Anna Hope ... Frau Schiller
Robert Boon ... SS officer
... Eric Heiden
Paul Busch ... Gunther Dietrich
... Sfc. Kellogg
... Infantryman (as Joseph Turkel)
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A young American serviceman, stationed in Germany after the fall of the Third Reich, jeopardises his position with the Marshall Plan relief effort by breaking the non-fraternisatiom rule and falling in love with a young German woman. He uses his position to obtain food and luxuries for her that are in short supply, and all seems to be going well for the couple. What he doesn't realise is that the Werewolves, the Nazi guerrilla movement, have plans in which he features heavily. Written by Mark Thompson <mrt@oasis.icl.co.uk>

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A MAD GENERATION... Spawned In Lust... Consumed By Hate!

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25 March 1959 (USA)  »

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This was the last RKO project which began with the original radio-transmitter logo. Later movies from the revived RKO Pictures would start with a modern reproduction of the transmitter. See more »

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Helmuth Strasser: Polystyrene Vorborten!
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Featured in The Typewriter, the Rifle & the Movie Camera (1996) See more »

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Verboten!
Music by Harry Sukman
Lyrics by Mack David
Sung by Paul Anka
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Very good, and not as wacky as has been previously suggested
11 July 2002 | by See all my reviews

Great film about an American G.I. who quits the army to marry a German girl who saved his life in the last days of the war. She accepts, but does she do it because she really likes him, or because he can support her with easier access to food and such? Meanwhile, her brother and an old friend form an anti-American terrorist group called the Werewolves, their purpose to drive away the occupants (you might remember the same group playing a major part in Lars von Trier's film Europa (Zentropa)). James Best, best known for his role as Roscoe P. Coltrane in the 1980s television show The Dukes of Hazzard, is shockingly excellent as the American. He should have become a big movie star – at this age he reminds me very much of Warren Beatty. The other main actors are good, as well. Fuller's direction is quite good, using a lot of long takes again (although they are not nearly as complex as they were in Park Row; the long takes more often than not consist of long scenes with a lot of dialogue). The only problems lie in the script, as seems to be the case with all of the Fuller films that I've seen. It's not too badly flawed, but it ought to have been expanded, fleshing out major characters and parts of the script. Helga, the wife, goes through a major change, but completely off screen. Therefore, the emotional center rests squarely on Best's shoulders. Fuller also should have killed off the sick mother early in the film. I hope that doesn't sound too harsh! She just doesn't really do anything throughout the film except lie in bed. She has so few lines. But Fuller keeps bringing her up as the film goes on. I would have had her death solidify David and Helga's relationship myself. And the film ends too abruptly, and it lacks payoff. These aren't really the biggest flaws in the world (the way I described them makes them sound bigger than they are). 9/10.


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