La Grande Illusion (1937)

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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.

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  • Pierre Fresnay and Jean Gabin in La Grande Illusion (1937)
  • Jean Gabin and Dita Parlo in La Grande Illusion (1937)
  • Erich von Stroheim in La Grande Illusion (1937)
  • Pierre Fresnay and Jean Gabin in La Grande Illusion (1937)
  • Erich von Stroheim and Pierre Fresnay in La Grande Illusion (1937)
  • Erich von Stroheim in La Grande Illusion (1937)

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Cast & Crew

Top Billed Cast


Jean Renoir


Charles Spaak (scenario and dialogue), Jean Renoir (scenario and dialogue)

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Did You Know?


Erich von Stroheim's contributions extended to the look of the officer's uniform and the décor of his fortress chambers: the Gothic bed, the solitary geranium in the window that came to figure so prominently in his relationship with Boeldieu. Jean Renoir did not accept all his ... ...


Lieutenant Maréchal: We've got to end this damn war and make it the last!
Lieutenant Rosenthal: What an illusion!


When Boeldieu is dead, Rauffenstein wants to close his eyes with his hand. When the hand of Rauffenstein gets close to Boeldieu, his eye moves.


Il était un petit navire
Traditional French children's song


Release Date:

12 September 1938


French, German, English, Russian

Country of Origin


Filming Locations

Chamonix, Haute-Savoie, France

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$7,526 (USA) (13 May 2012)


$172,885 (USA) (2 December 2012)

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