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Blockade (1938)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance, War | 17 June 1938 (USA)
A simple peasant is forced to take up arms to defend his farm during the Spanish Civil War. Along the way he falls in love with Russian whose father is involved in espionage.

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Luis
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Andre Gallinet
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Edward Grant
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Basil, Norma's Father
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Vallejo
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Pietro (as Fred Kohler Sr.)
Carlos De Valdez ...
Major Del Rio
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Roderigo - Cafe Magician
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Beppo
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Commandant (as Wm. B. Davidson)
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Peasant Girl
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A simple peasant is forced to take up arms to defend his farm during the Spanish Civil War. Along the way he falls in love with Russian whose father is involved in espionage. Written by Herman Seifer <alagain@aol.com>

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Romance under Fire ! Love versus Bullets and a million souls

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Drama | Romance | War

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17 June 1938 (USA)  »

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Castles in Spain  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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The original title of this film was "The River is Blue" and the original director was to be Lewis Milestone. Kurt Weill even wrote music for the original project that was never used (lyrics by 'Ann Ronell)'. The title was changed to "The Rising Tide" and "Castles in Spain," then finally to "Blockade." The topic of the Spanish Civil War was politically sensitive and there is some hint that the upheavals of the original project were due to the political content of the film. See more »

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Marco: Your father and I wanted the same thing...
Norma: And you killed him!
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A Movie With and Without Political Content
29 February 2004 | by See all my reviews

You'd really have to stretch to find a firm connection between this movie and the Spanish Civil War. If you were not a college student such as myself, studying this film, I doubt that you would even consider doing so. Remembering Franco is not a favorite pasttime of the people of this nation. It is a reminder of the fact that there was a leader who was willing to let his whole nation be decimated for personal gain. Yuckie! In the meantime, if you want cheesy, rigid filmmaking starring a paisley-cheeked Henry Fonda, look no further. Contains a love scene in a collapsed building, as well as a chicano actor pretending to be a spanish man pretending to play a flute. Dig the oxymoronic ending!

WARNING!!! Cheesiness may not lead to as many laughs as cheesiness of Tremors!


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