The Cross of Lorraine [DVD] [1943]

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    The Cross of Lorraine
    The time is World War II. A group of disillusioned French soldiers are approached by Nazi troops and promised safe passage to their homeland. The Frenchmen willingly surrender, only to discover that their next destination is a German concentration camp located near a Gallic village. The anticipated escape attempt results in an uprising from the French villagers--hence the film's title, which refers to the emblem of the Free-French underground. Cross of Lorraine compensates for its Hollywood's-eye view of France (no more realistic than the Paris of the Ernst Lubitsch musicals) with some remarkably graphic sequences showing the extent of German brutality. The melting-pot cast includes Frenchman Jean-Pierre Aumont as a patriot, Hungarian Peter Lorre as a hateful Nazi, American Gene Kelly as a cynical victim of German torture, and Canadian Hume Cronyn as the traditionally rodent-like informer. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Jean-Pierre Aumont
      Jean-Pierre Aumont - Paul
    • Gene Kelly
      Gene Kelly - Victor La Biche
    • Cedric Hardwicke
      Cedric Hardwicke - Father Sebastian
    • Richard Whorf
      Richard Whorf - Francois
    • Joseph Calleia
      Joseph Calleia - Rodriguez



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