In Apache territory, a supply Army column heads for the next fort, an ex-scout searches for the killer of his Indian wife, and a housewife abandons her husband in order to rejoin her Apache lover's tribe.
In this psychological war-drama an Army Major is captured by the Germans during World War II. They attempt to brainwash him into believing the war is over and that he is safe in an Allied hospital, so that he will divulge Allied invasion plans.Written by
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The fake 1950 newspapers given to Major Pike depict "President Wallace." Henry Wallace was Vice President of the United States in 1944, when the film actually takes place. He was not included on the Democratic presidential ticket later that year and was succeeded as Vice President by Harry S. Truman. See more »
A sign in the fake American forces hospital reads "physiotherapy". This is the British term for what Americans call "physical therapy." Major Pike is used to the British and Americans working together closely, as shown in the opening scenes, and would not see anything suspicious about this status quo continuing in the near future. Note that the cover personas of Walter Gerber and other hospital personnel seem to be British. See more »
Anna Hedler, Nurse:
A man's arms are welcome and comforting to most women. But not to me. At Ravensbrück, I was used by the officers - by the soldiers - by the guards. At first it was vile and horrifying. Then after a time it became worse. It became nothing. I didn't scream, fight, or cry any more. I haven't cried since.
Maj. Jefferson F. Pike:
I'm sorry for you. To love takes tears. I hope someday you'll be able to cry again.
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Great interplay between James Garner and Rod Taylor
Really enjoyed this film, an engaging mix of psychological banter with pre-D-Day espionage tension.
The best scenes for me were the dialogues between James Garner and Rod Taylor, they'd make a great film on their own. Garner has that amazing combination of intellect and machismo - he can debate the moral aspect of duty and then knock out a guard just as convincingly
Eva Marie Saint's performance is very strong too as the concentration-camp victim unable to express emotion after the trauma that she has experienced. The power of Roald Dahl's writing comes through here, as she acts as a constant reminder to us of the grim realities of the war in the context of the other charismatic characters.
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