The 25th Hour (film)
The 25th Hour (French: La Vingt-cinquième Heure) is a 1967 anti-war drama film directed by Henri Verneuil and starring Anthony Quinn and Virna Lisi. It was produced by Carlo Ponti. The film is based on the best selling novel by C. Virgil Gheorghiu. It follows the troubles experienced by a Romanian peasant couple caught up in World War II.
|The 25th Hour|
(La Vingt-cinquième Heure)
Film poster by Howard Terpning
|Directed by||Henri Verneuil|
|Produced by||Carlo Ponti|
|Written by||François Boyeur|
|Music by||Georges Delerue|
|196 minutes (Europe)|
In a small village in Romania, a local police constable frames Johann Moritz (Quinn) on charges of being Jewish, because Moritz' wife, Suzanna, has refused his advances. Moritz is sent to a Romanian concentration camp as a Jew, Jacob Moritz. He escapes to Hungary with some Jewish prisoners where the Hungarians imprison them for being citizens of an enemy country (Romania). The Hungarians eventually send them to Germany to fill German "requests" for foreign labourers. In Germany Moritz is spotted by an SS officer who designates him as an Aryan German-Romanian, freeing him from the labour camp and forcing him to join Waffen SS. After the war, Moritz is brutally beaten by Russians for being in the Waffen-SS and then arrested and prosecuted as a Waffen-SS war criminal by the Americans. Eventually he is released and re-united with his wife and sons in Germany.
The picture is based on the novel of the same name by Constantin Virgil Gheorghiu. The story line includes Hungary's alliance with Nazi Germany, the forced cession of Eastern Romania to the Soviet Union in 1940 and subsequent events in Central Europe during and after the Second World War.
- Anthony Quinn as Johann Moritz
- Virna Lisi as Suzanna Moritz
- Grégoire Aslan as Dobresco
- Michael Redgrave as Defence lawyer
- Marcel Dalio as Strul (as Dalio)
- Jan Werich as Sgt. Constantin
- Harold Goldblatt as Isaac Nagy
- Alexander Knox as Prosecutor
- Liam Redmond as Father Koruga
- Meier Tzelniker as Abramovici
- Kenneth J. Warren as Insp. Varga
- John Le Mesurier as Tribunal president
- Serge Reggiani as Trajan Koruga
- "La 25E HEURE (1967)". BFI.
- "The 25th Hour (1967) - Articles - TCM.com". Turner Classic Movies.
- "C. Virgil Gheorghiu; Romanian Author, 75". June 24, 1992 – via NYTimes.com.
- "La Vingt-Cinquième Heure (1967) - Henri Verneuil | Synopsis, Characteristics, Moods, Themes and Related". AllMovie.
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