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Army of Shadows (1969)

L'armée des ombres (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, War | 19 June 1970 (USA)
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An account of underground resistance fighters in Nazi-occupied France.

Writers:

Joseph Kessel (novel), Jean-Pierre Melville (adaptation)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lino Ventura ... Philippe Gerbier
Paul Meurisse ... Luc Jardie
Jean-Pierre Cassel ... Jean François Jardie
Simone Signoret ... Mathilde
Claude Mann ... Claude Ullmann dit 'Le Masque'
Paul Crauchet ... Felix Lepercq
Christian Barbier Christian Barbier ... Guillaume Vermersch dit 'Le Bison'
Serge Reggiani ... The hairdresser
André Dewavrin André Dewavrin ... Colonel Passy
Alain Dekok Alain Dekok ... Legrain
Alain Mottet Alain Mottet ... Commander of the camp
Alain Libolt Alain Libolt ... Paul Dounat
Jean-Marie Robain ... Baron de Ferte Talloire
Albert Michel Albert Michel ... Gendarm
Denis Sadier Denis Sadier ... Gestapo's doctor
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Storyline

France, 1942, under German occupation. Philippe Gerbier, a civil engineer, is a French Resistance commandant. Denounced by a French collaborator, he is interned in a concentration camp. He manages to escape, and rejoins his network in Marseille, where he has the traitor executed. This movie reveals rigorously and austerely what life was like in the French Resistance: the solitude and fear of its members; their relationships with one another; the constant threat of arrest by the Gestapo; the Resistance command structure and the way its orders were carried out. Head writer Joseph Kessel and co-writer/director Jean-Pierre Melville were both veterans of the "Shadow Army". Written by Yepok

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Taglines:

Betrayal. Loyalty. Collaboration. Resistance.

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Roger Deakins' favorite movie. See more »

Goofs

In the sequence when Mathilde exits the car and silently waves goodbye to Gerbier, in response he rolls his window up completely, yet in the very next shot his window remains open as the car drives away. See more »

Quotes

Claude Ullmann dit 'Le Masque': Still thinking about the others?
[referring to the resistance fighters, who, like him, were targets in the German shooting gallery]
Philippe Gerbier: No, I was thinking of the officer who was sure I'd run too. Like a scared rabbit...
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Connections

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Spirituals for String Choir and Orchestra: 4th Movement
(uncredited)
Written by Morton Gould
[When Gerbier walks to firing squad]
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far from fake romanticism
7 November 1998 | by Cath-10See all my reviews

This is probably one of the best fiction movies ever made on the French resistance during Worl War II. Far from the usual romantic cliches showing handsome young men playing tricks with the Nazis and falling in love with sublime women, the substance of the movie is reality. It depicts a "shadow army" made of courageous men who are ready to sacrifice their lives but are aware of the huge cost they will eventually have to pay. It shows the cruel and sometimes inhuman choices they have to make in order to survive. This is a very useful movie that gives a real hint of what resistance truly was.


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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French | German | English

Release Date:

19 June 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,620, 30 April 2006

Gross USA:

$771,956

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$840,722
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono | Dolby Digital (2006 restoration)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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