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The Blockhouse (1973)

R | | Drama, War | January 1974 (USA)
During D-day several people become trapped while hiding in a bunker, when heavy shelling collapses it. They have plenty of food and water so they decide to wait for rescuers. And so they wait year, after year, after year.

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Clive Rees

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Jean-Paul Clébert (based on the book "Le Blockhaus" by) (as Jean-Paul Clebert), John Gould (created for the screen by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Peter Sellers ... Rouquet
Charles Aznavour ... Visconti
Jeremy Kemp ... Grabinski
Per Oscarsson ... Lund
Peter Vaughan ... Aufret
Nicholas Jones ... Kramer
Leon Lissek ... Khozek
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During D-day several people become trapped while hiding in a bunker, when heavy shelling collapses it. They have plenty of food and water so they decide to wait for rescuers. And so they wait year, after year, after year.

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A true story of perseverance and survival. See more »

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Drama | War

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Bunker See more »

Filming Locations:

Guernsey, Channel Islands

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Closing credits epilogue: In June 1951, workmen clearing German fortifications opened up an underground blockhouse . . . .

Two men emerged, the sole survivors of a group who had been trapped there for six years . . . .

They had lived for at least four years in total darkness. See more »

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Over-rated, gloomy and depressing
15 August 2010 | by LCShackleySee all my reviews

All the actors in this film do a fine job. But honestly, I can't see why other reviewers are going ape over Peter Sellers - are they just surprised that he could be serious? The man was a good actor, not just a clown. But in this film, we don't really know his character - he's just one of seven sorry souls trapped underground in a large storeroom after an Allied raid on the camp where they were held prisoner.

The film has an interesting premise, but trying to cram six years of action into 90 minutes is beyond the ability of the director and writers. It becomes very episodic, starting with a decent amount of set-up, followed by what more or less amounts to a series of death scenes. The story is certainly tragic, but it feels like Cliff's Notes on celluloid. I'm going to try to find the book.

This was probably Stanley Myers's easiest film to score, since it only called for an opening and closing bit with only a couple of instruments. The lack of music throughout underscores the claustrophobic atmosphere of the "dungeon." The sound and picture quality of the DVD available from Netflix (in 2010) leave much to be desired. If you enjoy dark, depressing, hopeless stories, this should be in your top ten.


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