Not Rated | | Drama, Thriller, War
A World War II U-boat crew are stranded in northern Canada. To avoid internment, they must make their way to the border and get into the still-neutral U.S.
While some may think that this movie was inspired by Franz von Werra's escape from a Canadian POW camp (as portrayed in The One That Got Away (1957)), von Werra wasn't sent to Canada until January 1941, and his escape wasn't reported until he got back to Germany in April 1941. This movie was written as Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger went to Canada in late 1940, and production was underway by January 1941. Powell and Pressburger wouldn't have heard about von Werra until this movie was almost completed.
I see a long, straight line athwart a continent. No chain of forts, or deep flowing river, or mountain range, but a line drawn by men upon a map, nearly a century ago, accepted with a handshake, and kept ever since. A boundary which divides two ...
All of the Germans speak perfect British English, without a trace of so much as even a German accent.
(Spoken introduction) "I see a long straight line athwart a continent. No chain of forts, or deep flowing river, or mountain range, but a line drawn by men upon a map nearly a century ago, accepted by a handshake and kept ever since. A boundary which divides two nations yet marks their friendly meeting grounds, the 49th parallel, the longest undefended frontier in the world."
The opening credits in the American version show, not the mountain ranges of Canada, but an extreme close-up of a beach: at first the sand is untouched; then as the title THE INVADERS appears, the shot dissolves into one of a boot-print in the sand, pointed ashore.
English, French, German