Not Rated | | Drama, War
During the First World War, two French soldiers are captured and imprisoned in a German P.O.W. camp. Several escape attempts follow until they are sent to a seemingly impenetrable fortress which seems impossible to escape from.
The biggest shift in the story came about after Erich von Stroheim was cast. The actor-director-writer had recently returned to Europe in an effort to salvage his fading career. Various stories exist about how he came to be cast and what role he was originally ... ...
Capt. de Boeldieu:
You have to carry on.
Capt. von Rauffenstein: Carry on a futile existence.
Capt. de Boeldieu: To be killed in a war is a tragedy for a commoner. For you and me, it's a good way out.
As the WWI German soldiers are celebrating a French fort's capture, the map on the wall of the officers club is clearly an inter-war (1919-1938) map of Germany.
French, German, English, Russian
$7,526 (USA) (13 May 2012)
$172,885 (USA) (2 December 2012)
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