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The North Star (1943)

Passed | | Drama, Romance, War | 4 March 1944 (Mexico)
A Ukrainian village must suddenly contend with the Nazi invasion of June 1941.

Director:

Lewis Milestone

Writers:

Lillian Hellman (original story), Lillian Hellman (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anne Baxter ... Marina Pavlov
Dana Andrews ... Kolya Simonov
Walter Huston ... Dr. Kurin
Walter Brennan ... Karp
Ann Harding ... Sophia Pavlov
Jane Withers ... Clavdia Kurin
Farley Granger ... Damian Simonov
Erich von Stroheim ... Dr. von Harden
Dean Jagger ... Rodion Pavlov
Eric Roberts ... Grisha Kurin
Carl Benton Reid ... Boris Simonov
Ann Carter ... Olga Pavlov
Esther Dale ... Anna Kurin
Ruth Nelson ... Nadya Simonov
Paul Guilfoyle ... Iakin
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Storyline

It's June, 1941 in a farming cooperative in the Soviet Socialist Republic of the Ukraine. Although the citizens of the cooperative hear about the atrocities of the war on their radios, they are on the most part not yet directly affected by it. It's the end of the school year, and some of the older youth are excited about their futures. Beyond that, a small group of those youths are looking most forward to their imminent vacation to Kiev, where they are planning to hike for the four or five days it takes to get there above their planned three days in the city itself. They include: Damian Terasa Simonov, who finished top of his class including getting a scholarship to study at the State University of Kiev in the fall; his girlfriend, Marina Pavlov, the two who will be separated for the year as she finishes her schooling and who plan eventually to reunite in Kiev not only for Marina to go to university as well but for the two to get married; Kolya Simonov, Damian's older, more worldly ... Written by Huggo

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spreading steel from the sky... shot from the tanks... shell from the half-track (rerelease title card) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German | Russian

Release Date:

4 March 1944 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Armored Attack! See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (re-edited) (re-release)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Co-stars Dana Andrews and Farley Granger would be reunited with director Lewis Milestone in The Purple Heart (1944). Andrews and Granger would also co-star in Edge of Doom (1950) and I Want You (1951) under the direction of Mark Robson. See more »

Goofs

In the opening moments of the film, Damian slides out from under a tractor that has rubber tires. Moments later the tractor is shown as having only steel wheels and no rubber tires. See more »

Quotes

Karp, old wagon driver: The face of war is ugly. It's not for the young.
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Alternate Versions

In 1956, the film was sold to television and re-edited under the title "Armored Attack." 25 minutes were removed, including all references to the word "comrade," and with the help of voice-over narrations, turned the alleged pro-Communist piece into anti-Communist territory. See more »

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The Younger Generation
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Music by Aaron Copland
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
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Well made, well acted movie.
4 June 2006 | by donnajcarrollSee all my reviews

I saw "The North Star" when I was a child of 6 or 7 and it made a lasting impression on me. I believe older cousins took me to see it while they were baby sitting. I will say without hesitation that it was not intended as a movie for children and that is as true today as it was in 1943. For years I could vividly remember scenes from the movie but did not remember the title. I happened to see it on TV by pure chance late one night during the '70s. I think it was about halfway through the film before I realized what I was watching, but from there on everything was as I remembered it.

It might correctly be labeled a propaganda film as it was made during a time when we were engaged in WWII. Germany was our enemy and Russia was our ally. As the saying goes, "war makes strange bed fellows." The Nazi war machine is depicted as evil and Russians are shown as innocent victims. Both are indisputable facts. The purpose of the film may have been to propagandize just how evil we believed the Nazis to be but we see films like that all the time. One example, "Empire of the Sun" (1987), a very fine film by Steven Spielberg. That was also an evil empire. Its not considered propaganda now because the war is long over. Its "art." Some might consider "JFK" as a lot of propaganda. Oliver Stone considers it "art".

If one is interested in films of historical periods, such as WWII, this might certainly be a film of interest.


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