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Before Winter Comes is a 1969 British film directed by J. Lee Thompson from a screenplay by Andrew Sinclair.

Before Winter Comes
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byJ. Lee Thompson
Produced byRobert Emmett Ginna
Written byAndrew Sinclair (screenplay)
Frederick L. Keefe (story)
StarringDavid Niven
Anna Karina
Music byRon Grainer[1]
CinematographyGilbert Taylor
Edited byWilly Kemplen
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
January 1969 (London)
24 March 1969 (New York)
Running time
107 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom



Before Winter Comes takes place in the immediate aftermath of World War II. British Major Giles Burnside (David Niven) is assigned to an Austrian refugee camp; his mission is to send the groups of displaced civilians to either the Russian zone or the American zone. Burnside is a by-the-book officer but he runs into trouble with the translation of the many different languages. However, one of the refugees, Janovic (Topol), can speak many languages and is willing to help. Janovic quickly conveys Burnside's orders and helps the camp run smoothly. Janovic runs into romance with a lovely innkeeper, Maria (Anna Karina), until he discovers her affair with Burnside. Meanwhile, Janovic is found to be a Russian deserter, who should be returned to the Russian mainland to be executed. Burnside offers to help him escape, but Janovic cannot decide whether to trust him.[2]



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