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The 25th Hour (1967)

La vingt-cinquième heure (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, War | 26 April 1967 (France)
In WW2, a Romanian Gentile peasant is denounced by the village gendarme and sent to a concentration camp for Jews where, due to an error, he's drafted into the SS.

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Henri Verneuil
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Anthony Quinn ... Johann Moritz
Virna Lisi ... Suzanna Moritz
Grégoire Aslan ... Dobresco
Michael Redgrave ... Defense Lawyer
Marcel Dalio ... Strul (as Dalio)
Jan Werich ... Sgt. Constantin
Harold Goldblatt Harold Goldblatt ... Isaac Nagy
Alexander Knox ... D.A.
Liam Redmond ... Father Koruga
Meier Tzelniker Meier Tzelniker ... Abramovici
Kenneth J. Warren Kenneth J. Warren ... Insp. Varga
John Le Mesurier ... Tribunal President
Serge Reggiani ... Trajan Koruga
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Ayres
Robert Beatty ... Col. Greenfield
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Storyline

During World War Two, Johann Moritz, a Romanian Jewish peasant, whose pretty wife is lusted after by the village gendarme,is denounced,arrested and sent to a concentration camp.In the camp, the camp commander mistakes him for a new recruit, a volunteer to the SS and he is drafted into the SS.Ironically, after the war he is detained by the Allied authorities for his wartime involvement with the SS. Written by nufs68

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Two-Time Academy Award Winner Anthony Quinn In One Of The Most Commanding Performances Of His Distinguished Career. The Dramatic Story of a Man Whose Bravado Turns to Bewilderment But Whose Love Never Failed as He Finds Himself Trapped in a World of Turmoil...A World That Waited One Hour Too Long! See more »

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

France | Italy | Yugoslavia

Language:

French | English | Romanian

Release Date:

26 April 1967 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Twenty See more »

Filming Locations:

Romania See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The original European print release ran 196 minutes. The American release and subsequent DVD runs130 minutes. See more »

Goofs

Quinn's character is taken prisoner by the U.S. 24th Infantry Division in 1945. This couldn't have happened as the 24th was fighting in the Philippines at that time and would later be sent to Japan on occupation duties. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Never a Dull Moment (1968) See more »

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A memorable experience
21 August 2004 | by PlayitagainsamSee all my reviews

We don't know why this extraordinary film was never made available officially on DVD... Anthony Quinn's performance alone makes this a must-see. There are relatively few films in which an actor identifies so profoundly with his character, a phenomenon always unique for us, moviegoers.

But Quinn's powerful portrayal of an innocent Romanian, literally dragged out of his house and everyday life by forces he cannot comprehend, is only part of what makes this film great. The script is based on a book published in Paris by a Romanian priest who fled the Communist take-over of his country, and the film succeeds to go deep into a little known area of East-European history. Told as a succession of Kafka-esquire twists of fate, the misadventures of Johann Moritz (told openly and honestly, without any of the political correctness currently so precious in Hollywood) are in fact a eulogy for the lost innocence of the Romanian people... it is devilishly ironic that this eulogy is signed by a French director, working with the American money of an Italian producer, and overseeing a multinational cast fronted by an extraordinary Mexican-born thespian.

I've seen mentions of VCDs of this film in various Asian internet stores, and I was fortunate to take possession of a digital recording of this film, broadcast on the British version of TCM. But it's a shame that "The 25th Hour" isn't anywhere on the future DVD release map of MGM studios.


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