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The 25th Hour (1967)

La vingt-cinquième heure (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, War | 26 April 1967 (France)
In WW2, a Romanian Gentile peasant is denounced by the village gendarme and sent to a concentration camp for Jews where, due to an error, he's drafted into the SS.

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Henri Verneuil
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Anthony Quinn ... Johann Moritz
Virna Lisi ... Suzanna Moritz
Grégoire Aslan ... Dobresco
Michael Redgrave ... Defense Lawyer
Marcel Dalio ... Strul (as Dalio)
Jan Werich ... Sgt. Constantin
Harold Goldblatt Harold Goldblatt ... Isaac Nagy
Alexander Knox ... D.A.
Liam Redmond ... Father Koruga
Meier Tzelniker Meier Tzelniker ... Abramovici
Kenneth J. Warren Kenneth J. Warren ... Insp. Varga
John Le Mesurier ... Tribunal President
Serge Reggiani ... Trajan Koruga
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Ayres
Robert Beatty ... Col. Greenfield
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Storyline

During World War Two, Johann Moritz, a Romanian Jewish peasant, whose pretty wife is lusted after by the village gendarme,is denounced,arrested and sent to a concentration camp.In the camp, the camp commander mistakes him for a new recruit, a volunteer to the SS and he is drafted into the SS.Ironically, after the war he is detained by the Allied authorities for his wartime involvement with the SS. Written by nufs68

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A Love Story That Rises Above the Tides of Battle! See more »

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

France | Italy | Yugoslavia

Language:

French | English | Romanian

Release Date:

26 April 1967 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Twenty See more »

Filming Locations:

Romania See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Jan Werich is dubbed. See more »

Goofs

Quinn's character is taken prisoner by the U.S. 24th Infantry Division in 1945. This couldn't have happened as the 24th was fighting in the Philippines at that time and would later be sent to Japan on occupation duties. See more »

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Edited into Voskovec & Werich - paralelní osudy (2012) See more »

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This film is timeless
10 January 2004 | by bluebootSee all my reviews

Unlike the majority of movies from the 1960's which date quickly - 'The 25th Hour' - is as fresh as if it had been made yesterday. It withstood being watched recently (late in 2003) and was as good, if not better, than any blockbuster films released that year. A seriously commendable tribute - thirty-six years on. Normally, Quinn is an actor that I find hard to watch, however, this role was tailor-made for him.

'The 25th Hour' is unlikely to ever find a large audience in the future, or be re-released. Such a pity. Anyone undertaking media studies now or in future years would surely find a wealth of cinematic technique and craftmanship contained in this epic story. One of the other reviewers, here on IMDb, has rightly classed this timeless film as "a forgotten gem". Spot on. It's refreshing to find an original slant on anything from WWII. This movie is totally unique. Well Done to all those involved in its making.


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