Counter-Attack (1945)

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This drama centers on a Red Army officer (Paul Muni), a Russian woman (Lisa Elenko), and seven German soldiers who have been trapped in the ruined cellar of a bombed out factory in a ... See full summary »



  • Marguerite Chapman and Paul Muni in Counter-Attack (1945)
  • Marguerite Chapman and Paul Muni in Counter-Attack (1945)
  • Marguerite Chapman and Paul Muni in Counter-Attack (1945)
  • Trevor Bardette in Counter-Attack (1945)
  • Marguerite Chapman and Paul Muni in Counter-Attack (1945)
  • Roman Bohnen, Marguerite Chapman, Ludwig Donath, Paul Muni, and Erik Rolf in Counter-Attack (1945)

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28 January 2010 | RanchoTuVu
| from Russia with love
An engrossing WW2 film set somewhere on the Russian Front with Paul Muni as a member of a Russian assault team who is trapped in a collapsed building with seven German soldiers, one of whom is an officer. Along with him is Margarithe Chapman as a Russian partisan. His character is in the lead part of a big Russian counter-attack that is to be launched across a river on a bridge that's being built eighteen inches under the surface of the water. The setting in the collapsed building with the German soldiers whom he has captured and is trying to extract information from is beautifully done with tension and humor amidst fading light, all captured by cinematographer James Wong Howe, one of the greats of B&W photography (and color, too if you've seen Picnic). Maybe Muni was a tad bit better in I Am A Fugitive From A Chain Gang, but he's awfully good here as a crafty Russian fighting sleep deprivation and fading light. The Germans are great as well, each getting enough lines to establish himself. Margarithe Chapman's part as Muni's comrade captures the idea of equality in the ranks among men and women. She's tough but tender.

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