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The Middle Course (1961)

Not Rated | | War, Drama
A small town in France must adopt ingenious methods to cope with occupying German forces. A Canadian pilot crashes nearby and is invaluable in helping the villagers fight their own private war.

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Credited cast:
Vincent Ball ... Cliff Wilton
Lisa Daniely ... Anna
... Gromik
Roland Bartrop ... Paul
... Renard
Robert Rietty ... Jacques
André Maranne ... Franz
Yvonne Andre ... Martine
André Mikhelson ... Commandant
Jan Conrad ... Herman
... Leverne
William Abney ... Jaghorst
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michael Bangerter ... Rene Gerard
Jacques Cey ... Pierre
Noel Dyson ... Maria Gerard
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A small town in France must adopt ingenious methods to cope with occupying German forces. A Canadian pilot crashes nearby and is invaluable in helping the villagers fight their own private war.

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The "middle course" of the title refers to the villagers' policy of not supporting the German occupation of Alsace, but not resisting it either. See more »

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Franz: Aren't you curious to see the Englishman?
Gromik: I've seen Englishmen before.
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23 May 2018 | by See all my reviews

You wouldn't think that a 59-minute second feature could be padded, but this one about Vincent Ball, a Canadian flyer whose plane is shot down in Alsace during the Second World War and leads the complacent villagers in fighting the Germans, who have been leaving them alone, is boringly so.

Mostly it's about people telling others things, again and again. "Tell us why we should!" "Listen to me and I'll tell you." "Who are you?" "Tell them who I am." "Go back to the house. I am ordering you to go back to the house, do you understand?" Over and over again, with British actors doing generic French accents. Over and over again, interspersed, occasionally, with shots of men dressed in Wehrmacht uniform tramping across a meadow, presumably headed towards the village to retrieve Mr. Ball


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