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Verboten! (1959)

Not Rated | | Thriller, War, Drama | 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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Sgt. David Brent
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Helga Schiller / Brent
Tom Pittman ...
Bruno Eckart
Paul Dubov ...
Capt. R. Harvey
Harold Daye ...
Franz Schiller
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Colonel
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Mayor (Burghermeister) of Rothbach
Anna Hope ...
Frau Schiller
Robert Boon ...
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Eric Heiden
Paul Busch ...
Gunther Dietrich
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Sfc. Kellogg
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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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Thriller | War | Drama

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25 March 1959 (USA)  »

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Forbidden!  »

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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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Not bad!
27 November 2006 | by See all my reviews

I enjoyed this for a couple of reasons. The emotional tangle was at times confusing and imperfectly resolved, but the blend of newsreel footage with the film's narrative was often compelling. The other element that I appreciated was the depiction of the Werewolves, the fanatical Nazis who continued the fight after the formal surrender. I don't know of another film that deals with them. They assassinated Burgomaster Oppenhoff of Aachen on Palm Sunday, 1945, for example, and did create problems for the occupation. The film, then, challenges the sanitized version of victory and occupation with some gritty realities. The "human issues" are presented not so much through the characters here, but through the historical reality that was gripping those who had survived Hitler -- both conquered and victors.


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