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Decision Before Dawn (1951) Poster

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Oskar Werner and Richard Basehart did most of their own stunt work, including jumping in and swimming the fast currents of the Rhine River on location in Germany.
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The producers and director Anatole Litvak chose to film the movie on location in postwar Germany because of its authentic background--many of the country's large cities still had areas that had been bombed into rubble and not been rebuilt yet, and there was a lot of actual WW II German military equipment (tanks, rifles, uniforms, etc.) still available.
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One of the first films after World War II to portray the German people--outside of the Nazi regime--in a sympathetic light.
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Based on a true story. Towards the end of the war, Allied military intelligence services did recruit, train and utilize German POWs to return to Germany and spy for them.
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December 8, 1944 was the date on which Karl Maurer (Oskar Werner) is captured in the film; it was in real life the actual date on which Werner deserted from the Wehrmacht.
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Since the instigation of five Best Picture nominees for the Academy Awards in 1944, this was the first Best Film nominee to only be nominated in one other category. The next instance of this occurred in 1994 when Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) only picked up two nominations (including Best Film).
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Many felt that the reason why this film picked up a surprise Best Film nomination at the Academy Awards was because its producer, Darryl F. Zanuck. had pushed it with an expensive 12-page glossy insert in all the trade magazines.
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Oskar Werner signed a seven-year contract with 20th Century-Fox but this was the only picture that came out of it.
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Oskar Werner met his wife Anne on the set. She just happened to be Tyrone Power's daughter, and he was his son-in-law until Power's untimely death in 1958. Ironically both Werner and Power would die of heart attacks.
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The sign above the"Prop Shop" window shows a drawing of someone pulling a toy horse on wheels. The toy horse probably represents the Trojan Horse that was rolled into the city of Troy concealing Greek soldiers.
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The Gestapo man tried to shoot Holden used a Mauser HSC.
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Towards the end of the film, as Lt. Rennick (Richard Basehart) is leaving the makeshift FOB, or command post, there is an inscription in whitewash on the stone steps that reads, "Many a Road Leads to the Rhine, More Roads to Death".
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