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The Seventh Cross (1944)

Passed | | Drama, War | 24 July 1944 (USA)
In Nazi Germany in 1936 seven men escape from a concentration camp. The camp commander puts up seven crosses and, as the Gestapo returns each escapee he is put to death on a cross. The ... See full summary »

Director:

Fred Zinnemann

Writers:

Helen Deutsch (screen play), Anna Seghers (based upon the novel by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Spencer Tracy ... George Heisler
Signe Hasso ... Toni
Hume Cronyn ... Paul Roeder
Jessica Tandy ... Liesel Roeder
Agnes Moorehead ... Mme. Marelli
Herbert Rudley ... Franz Marnet
Felix Bressart ... Poldi Schlamm
Ray Collins ... Wallau
Alexander Granach ... Zillich
Katherine Locke Katherine Locke ... Mrs. Sauer
George Macready ... Bruno Sauer
Paul Guilfoyle ... Fiedler
Steven Geray ... Dr. Loewenstein
Kurt Katch ... Leo Hermann
Kaaren Verne ... Leni (as Karen Verne)
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Storyline

In Nazi Germany in 1936 seven men escape from a concentration camp. The camp commander puts up seven crosses and, as the Gestapo returns each escapee he is put to death on a cross. The seventh cross is still empty as George Heisler seeks freedom in Holland. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Daringly Real . . . Startlingly Frank! The revealing novel of a hunted man's search for love! See more »

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Drama | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 July 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Seven Crosses See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The initial 3,000 RM for George's capture - as seen in the newspaper article - would equate to $1,210 at the time, or about $20,625 in 2016. The increase in the reward to 5,000 RM would equate to about $34,375 in 2016. See more »

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The children of the Hitler Youth are wearing the armbands of adult members of the Nazi Party and not the Hitler Youth. The swastika would not be in a white disc surrounded by red but in a white square surrounded by red. This scene was when one of the prisoners was found and was dragged out of a hiding place with the children all running to see. See more »

Quotes

George Heisler: There are no better men than Paul Roeder.
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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Spencer Tracy (1961) See more »

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A compelling story of the triumph of the human spirit
6 December 2004 | by stoutmatthewSee all my reviews

Although slow moving, as was typical of Hollywood dramas of that era, The Seventh Cross tells a compelling story of the human spirit overcoming the evils of totalitarianism, and the recovery of one's faith in mankind during the midst of a societal distrust. George Heisel, portrayed by Spencer Tracey (one of his classic performances), is a broken man who has lost his faith in humanity who has escaped from a Nazi concentration camp with six others in the early days of the Reich when not all Germans loved the Fuerer and still had decent intentions. The Nazi Commandant vows to capture all seven and hang them on crosses he has built inside the camp. Six are caught, but Heisel escapes to Mainz, leaving the seventh cross empty. In Mainz, he realizes that he can't go to his old girlfriend (who has married a Nazi) or his family (his younger brother has joined the SS); almost all his friends have turned Nazi or been captured or killed save one, Paul Roeder and his wife Liesel (played by longtime married actors Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy). The Roeder's help get him in touch with members of the underground (including Paul Guilfolye, father of the actor on CSI) who help him escape to Holland. As he leaves, he realizes he must pay back not those who hurt him and broke him, but those that healed him, those who restored his faith in the God-given decency inherent in all of us if given the chance to rise to the surface. Sometimes it can arise in the most unlikely of places, but it is there.

To be placed alongside The Hiding Place, Schindler's List and Swing Kids. A must see for anyone who loves freedom.


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