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England Made Me (1973)

PG | | Drama | June 1973 (UK)
A story about an English businessman in 1930s Germany who encounters a financier who has forged his career on greed, corruption, and opportunism, rather than the traditional British principles of decency and fair play.

Director:

Peter Duffell

Writers:

Graham Greene (novel), Desmond Cory | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Finch ... Erich Krogh
Michael York ... Anthony Farrant
Hildegard Neil Hildegard Neil ... Kate Farrant
Joss Ackland ... Haller
Michael Hordern ... F. Minty
Tessa Wyatt ... Liz Davidge
Michael Sheard ... Fromm
Richard Gibson ... Young Tony
Lalla Ward ... Young Kate
William Baskiville William Baskiville ... Stein
Demeter Bitenc Demeter Bitenc ... Reichsminister
Vladan Zivkovic Vladan Zivkovic ... Heinrich
Vladimir Bacic Vladimir Bacic ... Hartmann
Mirjana Nikolic Mirjana Nikolic ... Nikki
Maja Papandopulo Maja Papandopulo ... Singer
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A story about an English businessman in 1930s Germany who encounters a financier who has forged his career on greed, corruption, and opportunism, rather than the traditional British principles of decency and fair play.

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Brother + sister + lover. A triangle . . . A game of consequences. And the consequences were deadly in Nazi Germany.

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Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

UK | Yugoslavia

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1973 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

England Made Me See more »

Filming Locations:

Yugoslavia

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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Trivia

John Scott wrote the music and Arthur Hamilton the lyrics for "Remembering" for this movie. The song was performed by Lana Cantrell, and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Song in a Motion Picture. However, it became disqualified due to Ms. Cantrell's vocal being recorded over the title strip at the end of the movie. The Academy subsequently notified East Coast Records, and requested the instrumental version be nominated in its place. East Coast Records declined in support of Ms. Cantrell. As chairman of the Music Branch's Executive Committee, it was Mr. Hamilton's responsibility to disqualify his own song. The rule was changed the following year, and the use of a song over the end titles became eligible, and common practice. See more »

Goofs

German characters all speak British English to each other and to the English characters, with one exception. A boatman talks briefly with Kate in German. See more »

Soundtracks

I Surrender Dear
Written by Gordon Clifford and Harry Barris
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Lavish production which ultimately fails to excite.
14 August 2007 | by whatleymSee all my reviews

This film is usually known by the title of Graham Greene's novel on which it is based – 'England Made Me'. However it also has an alternative title of 'Rape of the 3rd Reich'. And that is perhaps more indicative of what this film is about – the lives of several 'ordinary' people in Germany a few years prior to WW2, being affected by the increasing power of the Nazi party all around them.

The central character is Anthony Farrant played by archetypal Englishman Michael York. His sister Kate played by Hildegarde Neil, works for a rich but ruthless and cynical German industrialist Erich Krogh (Peter Finch) in Germany. Having left England for new challenges Anthony meets up with his sister (initially in France) and she then secures him a job in Krogh's company. Anthony later forms a relationship with an English woman he meets in Germany – Liz Davidge – played by 'English Rose' (and famously U.K D.J. Tony Blackburn's ex-wife) Tessa Wyatt. Anthony also forms a friendship with journalist 'Minty', superbly acted as a 'slob' character by Michael Hordern. Anthony sometimes tells the journo perhaps too much – at a time when the Nazis were seeking control of the press – and this forms the basis for the later scenarios in the movie. The final key character is Haller (Joss Ackland); he works as Krogh's right-hand man and plays a central role in scenes towards the end of the film.

This is clearly a lavish production, the photography and sets are superb, and the film budget must have been extensive. The movie also contains a raft of stars. But ultimately it disappoints. The plot often moves forward too slowly (and wavers) and some of the dialogue is cliché-ridden. In my view this movie represents a wasted opportunity – much more could have been made of Greene's novel than this. It's difficult to work out just why it fails to deliver – I note that it was made in Belgrade in the early 70s; perhaps the regime there would not allow the production team the freedom they wanted? It's still a viewable film but don't expect the epic that the cast, budget and BAFTA-nomination might suggest.


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