“Regular army – no. I am too old, too fat! Home guard. We are patrolling the border so then the young, strong, and handsome men can go to Russia and freeze to death. Wonderful system, huh?” [Laughs] – Sgt. Ernst
Number of Times Seen – 2 (Aug 2003 and 8 Apr 2014)
Brief Synopsis – A top allied commander is kidnapped in the days before D-Day by the Nazi’s who try to trick him into thinking the war is over so he would divulge where the invasion will take place.
My Take on it – This is a movie I was introduced to by an ex about 11 years ago. She knew I liked psychological thrillers and wanted to expose me to this great WWII thriller.
James Garner and Rod Taylor play off one another so well that if we didn’t know the plot, we would truly believe everything that was transpiring over the course of this movie.
The first half of this movie is amazing and I can’t think of a better way for a filmmaker to accomplish what they did here.
The problem tho is that the second half of the movie doesn’t equal the first half and it feels quite unbalanced leaving the viewing feeling that something is quite uneven.
This idea has been used again in a few TV series episodes including a Star Trek: The Next Generation episode with Riker being the target and also in a Mission Impossible episode.
To truly be able to convince someone that years have past and that they are older is a great plot for a thriller.
Look for Alan Napier (Batman TV show’s Alfred) in a small role.
This movie also has the distinction of having both actors who played Sgt. Schultz in Stalag 17 (1953) and Hogan’s Heroes TV show.
Bottom Line – Great psychological thriller. Garner and Taylor are both excellent. Second half isn’t as strong as the first half. Recommended!
Rating – Globe Worthy
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