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La Vingt-cinquième Heure (The 25th Hour) is a 1967 war drama film, starring Anthony Quinn
Anthony Quinn
Antonio Rodolfo Quinn-Oaxaca , more commonly known as Anthony Quinn, was a Mexican American actor, as well as a painter and writer...

 and Virna Lisi
Virna Lisi
Virna Lisi is a Cannes and César award-winning Italian film actress. She was born in Ancona, Marche, as Virna Lisa Pieralisi.-Early career:...

. It was produced by Italian producer Carlo Ponti
Carlo Ponti
Carlo Ponti was an Italian film producer with over 140 production credits, and the husband of Italian movie star Sophia Loren.-Career:...

 and directed by french director Henri Verneuil
Henri Verneuil
Henri Verneuil was a French-Armenian playwright and filmmaker, who enjoyed a successful career in France.-Biography:...

. The film is based on a novel by C. Virgil Gheorghiu
Constantin Virgil Gheorghiu
Constantin Virgil Gheorghiu was a Romanian writer, best known for his 1949 novel, The 25th Hour.-Life:...

. It follows the troubles experienced by a Romania
Romania
Romania is a country located at the crossroads of Central and Southeastern Europe, on the Lower Danube, within and outside the Carpathian arch, bordering on the Black Sea...

n peasant couple caught up in World War II
World War II
World War II, or the Second World War , was a global conflict lasting from 1939 to 1945, involving most of the world's nations—including all of the great powers—eventually forming two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis...

.

Plot


In a small village in Romania
Romania
Romania is a country located at the crossroads of Central and Southeastern Europe, on the Lower Danube, within and outside the Carpathian arch, bordering on the Black Sea...

, a local police constable frames Johann Moritz (Quinn) as being Jewish, because his wife Suzanna has refused his advances. He is sent to a concentration camp as punishment. Eventually he is deemed part of the Aryan
Aryan
Aryan is an English language loanword derived from Sanskrit ārya and denoting variously*In scholarly usage:**Indo-Iranian languages *in dated usage:**the Indo-European languages more generally and their speakers...

 race and obliged to enlist as a Waffen SS soldier. After the war, he is arrested and prosecuted as a war criminal, but is ultimately released and re-united with his wife and sons in Germany
Germany
Germany , officially the Federal Republic of Germany , is a federal parliamentary republic in Europe. The country consists of 16 states while the capital and largest city is Berlin. Germany covers an area of 357,021 km2 and has a largely temperate seasonal climate...

.

The picture is based on real events. It includes Hungary's
Hungary
Hungary , officially the Republic of Hungary , is a landlocked country in Central Europe. It is situated in the Carpathian Basin and is bordered by Slovakia to the north, Ukraine and Romania to the east, Serbia and Croatia to the south, Slovenia to the southwest and Austria to the west. The...

 government in collaboration with the Nazis, the encroachment of Romania by Stalin's troopers, and other happenings.

Cast

  • Anthony Quinn
    Anthony Quinn
    Antonio Rodolfo Quinn-Oaxaca , more commonly known as Anthony Quinn, was a Mexican American actor, as well as a painter and writer...

     as Johann Moritz
  • Virna Lisi
    Virna Lisi
    Virna Lisi is a Cannes and César award-winning Italian film actress. She was born in Ancona, Marche, as Virna Lisa Pieralisi.-Early career:...

     as Suzanna Moritz
  • Grégoire Aslan
    Grégoire Aslan
    Grégoire Aslan was an Armenian actor.Born Krikor Aslanian in Switzerland or in Constantinople, according to different sources, Aslan made his professional debut at 18 as a vocalist and drummer with a Paris dance band, then launched an acting career under the name of Koko Aslan. His first film...

     as Dobresco
  • Michael Redgrave
    Michael Redgrave
    Sir Michael Scudamore Redgrave, CBE was an English stage and film actor, director, manager and author.-Youth and education:...

     as Defense lawyer
  • Marcel Dalio
    Marcel Dalio
    Marcel Dalio was a French character actor. He had major roles in two of Jean Renoir's most famous films, Grand Illusion and The Rules of the Game.- Biography :...

     as Strul (as Dalio)
  • Jan Werich
    Jan Werich
    Jan Werich was a Czech actor, playwright and writer.-Life:Between 1916 to 1924 he attended "reálné gymnasium" in Křemencová Street in Prague...

     as Sgt. Constantin
  • Harold Goldblatt as Isaac Nagy
  • Alexander Knox
    Alexander Knox
    Alexander Knox was a Canadian actor and author of adventure novels set in the Great Lakes area during the 19th century.-Biography:...

     as Prosecutor
  • Liam Redmond
    Liam Redmond
    Liam Redmond was an Irish actor known for his stage, film and television roles.-Early life:Redmond was one of four children born to carpenter Thomas and Eileen Redmond...

     as Father Koruga
  • Meier Tzelniker
    Meier Tzelniker
    Meier Tzelniker was a British actor.He appeared mainly in Yiddish theatre, but was sometimes a character actor in English language plays and films, such as It Always Rains On Sunday and more notably Expresso Bongo ....

     as Abramovici
  • Kenneth J. Warren
    Kenneth J. Warren
    Kenneth John Warren was an Australian actor.-Selected Filmography:*Long John Silver *I Was Monty's Double *The Criminal *The Double Man *S*P*Y*S...

     as Insp. Varga
  • John Le Mesurier
    John Le Mesurier
    John Le Mesurier was a BAFTA Award-winning English actor. He is most famous for his role as Sergeant Arthur Wilson in the popular 1970s BBC comedy Dad's Army.-Career:...

     as Tribunal president
  • Serge Reggiani
    Serge Reggiani
    Serge Reggiani was an Italian-born French singer and actor. He was born in Reggio Emilia, Italy and moved to France with his parents at the age of eight...

    as Trajan Koruga