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The Angry Hills (1959)

Approved | | Drama, War, Thriller | 29 July 1959 (USA)
In 1941, Greek resistance entrusts an American journalist with a Greek double-agent secret list that must reach London and must not fall into Nazi hands.


Robert Aldrich


A.I. Bezzerides (screenplay), Leon Uris (based on the book by)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Mitchum ... Mike Morrison
Stanley Baker ... Conrad Heisler
Elisabeth Müller ... Lisa Kyriakides (as Elisabeth Mueller)
Gia Scala ... Eleftheria
Theodore Bikel ... Dimitrios Tassos
Sebastian Cabot ... Chesney
Peter Illing ... Leonides
Leslie Phillips ... Ray Taylor
Donald Wolfit ... Dr. Stergion
Marius Goring ... Col. Elrick Oberg
Jocelyn Lane ... Maria Tassos (as Jackie Lane)
Kieron Moore ... Andreas
George Pastell ... Papa Panos
Patrick Jordan ... Bluey
Marita Constantinou Marita Constantinou ... Cleopatra


In 1941 an American journalist in Greece is given a secret list of collaborators. He is helped by the Greek resistance as he is pursued across the country by the Nazis. Written by Anonymous

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This film failed at the box office, resulting in a loss to MGM of $497,000 ($4.27M in 2018) according to studio records. See more »


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16 November 2007 | by carvalheiroSee all my reviews

"The angry hills" (1959) directed by Robert Aldrich is a lovely movie in black and white where Greece is at stake as country considered a little just before a slow penetration and strange German invasion, in which as story of wartime and peaceful purpose it is yet very interesting for appreciating its local culture. Differently understood by a kind of war press correspondent, between urban and rural landscapes and gestures in this land of symbolic Paternon and democratic values, among crossfires of snipers on streets and roads and suddenly opening doors for surviving at any price even with guerrilla peasants help. What it seems in a given scene located in a folkloric local at Athens, during the installation of the special smooth occupation entering with the almost gentle invader, is the naked chest of a dancer in a frontal touch of love, after the exhibition at a stage inside for also mixed origin officers in which the correspondent is there at his table.

Obviously in a kind of freedom of the time, by director Aldrich during this movie production - whose screenplay is somehow far away of the book where it came from, without the visit of the writer himself to Greece when he had written his book - concerning the sex-appeal without too much corruption, but maybe more passion in free love in wartime. Where Robert Mitchum in his character of correspondent of war ridicules the prudery and attraction from his colleague nearby his common table at there in this evening. Meanwhile, aside observing this sincerity like of the someone, seemingly enormous like Maria Callas at the time, when still unknown voluntarily or not by the effect of Aldrich direction, who was risking his career here. This is an interesting framework of a mixed population, shared by contradictory feelings about foreigners, when a stranger like him came during the evening bringing hope.

The complicated plot is here useful for registering the evidence of difficulties, however also in which a better comprehension for separating the treachery from the betrayed and protecting what is sure and not capable to pass away. Namely, under torture and after giving to the occupant the others civilians, whom not having clearly cooperated with the enemy ; under these circumstances of stressing the strength out of the laws and only by barbarity, for spelling against the will of the local authority. It was like that that the war correspondent it was there between two love affairs, meanwhile and by no means essays escaping from the mountains with some children. But finally by the port of a given island, there is a small ship from a local fisherman for them, when by the window of the police station from the occupants one of his lovers, a beautiful lady, is inside with one of the collaborators, that in a deal accepts intuitively this young and her sacrifice : forgotten the sad affair only for will solving it as account for the resistance, after the war finished.

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Release Date:

29 July 1959 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Athens, Greece See more »


Box Office


$1,190,000 (estimated)
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Raymond Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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