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Berlin Express [DVD] [1948]

  • SKU: 18958131
  • Release Date: 09/01/2009
  • Rating: NR
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    Berlin Express
    On a trip from France to Allied-occupied Berlin, a group of travelers -- a mysterious and very secretive European woman (Merle Oberon), an American agricultural expert (Robert Ryan), a British educator (Robert Coote), a Soviet Army officer (Roman Toporow), and a French official (Charles Korvin) -- all cross paths in the cramped quarters of a military train. They discover that the notion of the "Allied forces" is breaking down amid their victory in the war; they neither like nor trust each other, nor each other's countries, except where the Germans are concerned, where they share a distrust. And then they cross paths with a German VIP who makes them wonder if they've got all of the Germans pegged right. A bomb goes off, killing their newfound acquaintance, and the suspicions start anew. The mystery surrounding the victim only deepens when they discover that he wasn't who he claimed to be -- and that the army isn't saying who he was. Ryan, Oberon, et al. soon find themselves up to their necks in unrepentant Nazis and militant German nationalists who have banded together against the occupiers to destroy any chance of success for a peace plan being put forward by a visionary German (Paul Lukas). They find Frankfurt a hotbed of sabotage and armed underground resistance, with the occupying armies seemingly caught flat-footed by the plotting in their midst, which includes murder and blackmail. Berlin Express is a spellbinding mix of action, suspense, and topical political intrigue, laced with idealism and a surprising degree of sophistication, a level a wit almost worthy of Graham Greene, and an eye for suspense worthy of Hitchcock. Indeed, the film could almost be considered director Jacques Tourneur's postwar equivalent to Hitchcock's Foreign Correspondent (1940). It also represents a fascinating cultural snapshot, depicting the very last moments of hope for peaceful relations with the Soviets that could be seen in American movies for decades. ~ Bruce Eder, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Merle Oberon
      Merle Oberon - Lucienne
    • Robert Ryan
      Robert Ryan - Robert Lindley
    • Charles Korvin
      Charles Korvin - Perrot
    • Paul Lukas
      Paul Lukas - Dr. H. Bernhardt
    • Robert Coote
      Robert Coote - Sterling



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    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Takes place during the cold war era. MJ

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      Big star is Robert Ryan. Post-World War II era, B&W Classic RKO (original King Kong) pictures production. Was renewed in 2010. If you like old tense espionage movies, this movie may be for you. Also, if you ever had a chance to visit Germany, you may also enjoy the old German country side. MJ

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