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Carve Her Name with Pride (1958)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, War | 20 June 1958 (Ireland)
During World War II, a recently widowed young woman is recruited to work as a spy in France.

Director:

Lewis Gilbert

Writers:

R.J. Minney (book), Vernon Harris (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Virginia McKenna ... Violette Szabo
Paul Scofield ... Tony Fraser
Jack Warner ... Mr. Bushell
Denise Grey ... Mrs. Bushell
Alain Saury Alain Saury ... Etienne Szabo
Maurice Ronet ... Jacques
Anne Leon Anne Leon ... Lillian Rolfe
Sydney Tafler Sydney Tafler ... Potter
Avice Landone ... Vera Atkins
Nicole Stéphane ... Denise Bloch (as Nicole Stephane)
Noel Willman ... Interrogator
Bill Owen ... N.C.O. Instructor
Billie Whitelaw ... Winnie
William Mervyn William Mervyn ... Colonel Buckmaster
Michael Goodliffe ... Coding Expert
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Storyline

Violette Bushell is the daughter of an English father and a French mother, living in London in the early years of World War II. She meets a handsome young French soldier in the park and takes him back for the family Bastille day celebrations. They fall in love, marry, and have a baby girl when Violette Szabo receives the dreaded telegram informing her of his death in North Africa. Shortly afterwards, Violette is approached to join the S.O.E. (Special Operations Executive). Should she stay and look after her baby or "do her duty"? Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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Taglines:

The Imperishable Story of the BRAVEST Woman Who Ever Lived! See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | French | German

Release Date:

20 June 1958 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

Aftoi pou nikisan ton thanato See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Angel Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75: 1
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Trivia

During shooting, Virginia McKenna received instructions from "high up" suggesting she smile during her final scene. She refused, deeming this untrue to Violette's character, and voiced this opinion to Director Lewis Gilbert. He agreed, and vetoed the idea. See more »

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Denise's hands change position as she helps support Lillian. See more »

Quotes

Etienne Szabo: The life that I have Is all that I have And the life that I have Is yours. The love that I have Of the life that I have Is yours and yours and yours. A sleep I shall have A rest I shall have Yet death will be but a pause. For the peace of my years In the long green grass Will be yours and yours and yours.
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Referenced in A Very British Psycho (1997) See more »

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Happy Birthday To You
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Written by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill
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The sacrifices shouldered by some in wartime
18 August 2001 | by lora64See all my reviews

Pardon me for beginning this way, but is this movie a copied storyline of the earlier film "Odette" (1951)? Both stories seem to run so parallel one can only wonder about it. On second thoughts perhaps not. We ought to realize how many dedicated people with strong convictions made the great sacrifice during the war. Violette Szabo (Virginia McKenna), as an appealing spy, felt duty bound to assist her country and was one of them who left all personal thought behind to do her duty. It's very dramatic and riveting as she faces the many dangers.

Really, Virginia McKenna gave a strong performance, very deserving of an Oscar, I'd say. War isn't glorious by any means. A serious film.


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