PG | | Crime, Drama, Mystery
In 1942, a Polish prostitute and German Agent is murdered in Warsaw. Suspicion falls on three Generals, and Major Grau (Omar Sharif) of German Intelligence seeks justice which ends up taking decades.
According to one of producer Sam Spiegel's biographers, the fee paid to Donald Pleasence was more than double the combined fees paid to Peter O'Toole and Omar Sharif, although they had higher billing. This was due to their having to fulfill an old contract agreement dating from before their world fame.
General von Seidlitz-Gabler:
Patience is one the few virtues that I possess.
In the near beginning of the movie, Grau passes a swastika banner. The swastika is backwards.
The opening credits are a montage of a Nazi general's clothing and decorations.
The UK cinema version was heavily edited for an 'A' (PG) certificate and removed nearly all the references to the victims being whores, as well as shortening the bed scene between Hartmann & Ulrike, the police interrogation of the suspected sex offenders, and editing some of the dialogue describing the murders. Later releases were upgraded to a 15 certificate and were fully uncut.
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