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The Seventh Cross (1944)

Passed | | Drama, War | 24 July 1944 (USA)
In Nazi Germany in 1936 seven men escape from a concentration camp. The camp commander puts up seven crosses and, as the Gestapo returns each escapee he is put to death on a cross. The ... See full summary »

Director:

Fred Zinnemann

Writers:

Helen Deutsch (screen play), Anna Seghers (based upon the novel by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Spencer Tracy ... George Heisler
Signe Hasso ... Toni
Hume Cronyn ... Paul Roeder
Jessica Tandy ... Liesel Roeder
Agnes Moorehead ... Mme. Marelli
Herbert Rudley ... Franz Marnet
Felix Bressart ... Poldi Schlamm
Ray Collins ... Wallau
Alexander Granach ... Zillich
Katherine Locke Katherine Locke ... Mrs. Sauer
George Macready ... Bruno Sauer
Paul Guilfoyle ... Fiedler
Steven Geray ... Dr. Loewenstein
Kurt Katch ... Leo Hermann
Kaaren Verne ... Leni (as Karen Verne)
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Storyline

In Nazi Germany in 1936 seven men escape from a concentration camp. The camp commander puts up seven crosses and, as the Gestapo returns each escapee he is put to death on a cross. The seventh cross is still empty as George Heisler seeks freedom in Holland. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 July 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Seven Crosses See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The Ninth Symphony by German composer Hans Werner Henze (libretto by German poet Hans-Ulrich Treichel) is also based on Anna Sgehers' novel "Das seibte Kreuz", the source for this film. See more »

Goofs

When the escapees are being hunted, the only uniformed personnel we see chasing them are the 'Storm troopers' (Sturmabteilung) or SA. Even before the 'night of the Long Knives', the SA would not have been the only group to search for escapees & by 1936, the hunt would also have been carried out by the regular police and the Schutzstaffel (SS). See more »

Quotes

George Heisler: There are no better men than Paul Roeder.
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For the kids???
9 January 2007 | by sbynonSee all my reviews

I saw this movie for the first time at the tender age of 10; at the time I obsessed over the concept of WW2 and the reasons behind it. Even at 10, I understood the impact that this movie must have had on so many people around the world. The movie was actually banned in Germany because of its terrifying portrayal of the Nazis and their regime. With its controversial content, one might wonder why the movie was even made to begin with. As an adult, I appreciate this movie so much more than I did when I was young, mostly for its honesty and its hopeful message.

Even though the movie contains a lot of violence and graphic depictions (at least from a 1940's perspective), I think the movie is fine for children to watch. In fact, the events in the movie are quite accurate; therefore, the movie might be a nice history lesson.

Watch and you'll see! The seventh cross will hold a place in your heart for years to come.


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