Five Graves to Cairo (1943)


“It’s not one brother that matters, it’s a million brothers. It’s not just one prison gate that they might sneak open for you. It’s all their gates that must go. ” – John Bramble

Number of Times Seen – 1 (6 Sep 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A British tank commander sets himself up as a spy in an North African hotel in order to gather intelligence on the German plans.

My Take on it – I have always been a big fan of Billy Wilder and was quite surprised when I discovered that he had made this film.

They do an excellent job creating a spy thriller that has so many twists and turns along the way that you never know what to expect.

Wilder does an amazing job with the script and manages to keep the story interesting and intriguing the whole time largely due to the way that the script and dialogue flow so smoothly.

The cast of this film is superb and Franchot Tone, Anne Baxter and Eric von Stroheim all give stellar performances in this film.

The characters are all developed really well and they all feel quite realistic and genuine the whole times especially given the fact that hey all must act in a climate filled with war.

The story is paced very well and doesn’t get boring at all as the clues are slowly divulged along the way in a competent and enjoyable manner.

This is a film that one should pay close attention to the whole time since there is so much going on the entire time because otherwise, one might miss some important information along the way.

Bottom Line – Excellent spy thriller that keep the twists and turns coming the entire time. Wilder does a brilliant job with this story and manages to keep things interesting and intriguing the entire time. The cast is superbly chosen and Baxter, von Stroheim and Tone all give stellar performances here. The way that the characters are developed is excellent and they all feel quite realistic in everything that they do. The pacing is great and the story doesn’t get boring at all since the viewer must pay close attention to whole time in order not to miss any of the clues divulged along the way. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – On the first day director Billy Wilder’s hero, Erich von Stroheim, arrived on set, Wilder ran to the wardrobe department to welcome him. He said, “This is a very big moment in my life . . . that I should now be directing the great Stroheim. Your problem, I guess, was that you were ten years ahead of your time.” Von Stroheim replied, “Twenty.” (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)

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