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WWII is entering its last phase: Germany is in ruins, but does not yield. The US army lacks crucial knowledge about the German units operating on the opposite side of the Rhine, and decides to send two German prisoners to gather information. The scheme is risky: the Gestapo retains a terribly efficient network to identify and capture spies and deserters. Moreover, it is not clear that "Tiger", who does not mind any dirty work as long as the price is right, and war-weary "Happy", who might be easily betrayed by his feelings, are dependable agents. After Tiger and another American agent are successfully infiltrated, Happy is parachuted in Bavaria. His duty: find out the whereabouts of a powerful German armored unit moving towards the western front.Written by
Eduardo Casais <email@example.com>
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. See more »
The radio in the Gasthaus is a 1950s vintage Grundig. During the war, the radio, if there was one, would most likely be a Volksemphänger. See more »
Cpl. Karl Maurer aka Happy:
I believe in a life in which one is not always afraid, in a life in which people are free and honest with each other. And I know we won't have this in Germany... until... until we have lost.
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The movie puts you in WWII's closing days as you watch an idealistic young German Army medic become a traitor to his country by working as a spy in order to let the war end quickly and let peace return. The movie extras are former German soldiers, and you can tell by how they wear their "rag tag" uniforms and bark out commands in German. The scenes are superb. Bombed out areas of Germany were used, and one scene in a bombed out theater is especially great. You hear the falling glass and metal structures as the Gestopo search for the soldier. It is simply a very entertaining movie that lets one ponder: What would I have done if I were in his place?
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