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Counter-Attack (1945)

Approved | | Drama, War | 26 April 1945 (USA)
This drama centers on a Red Army officer (Paul Muni), a Russian woman (Lisa Elenko), and seven German soldiers who have been trapped in the ruined cellar of a bombed out factory in a ... See full summary »

Director:

Zoltan Korda

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John Howard Lawson (screenplay), Janet Stevenson (adapted from the play by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview:
Paul Muni ... Alexei Kulkov
Marguerite Chapman ... Lisa Elenko
Larry Parks ... Kirichenko
Harro Meller Harro Meller ... Ernemann
Roman Bohnen ... Kostyuk
George Macready ... Col. Semenov
Erik Rolf Erik Rolf ... Vassilev
Ludwig Donath ... Prof. Müller
Rudolph Anders Rudolph Anders ... Stillman
Philip Van Zandt ... Galkronye
Frederick Giermann Frederick Giermann ... Ludwig Weiler
Wolfgang Zilzer ... Krafft (as Paul Andor)
Ivan Triesault ... Sgt. Johann Grillparzer
Louis Adlon ... Huebsch
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This drama centers on a Red Army officer (Paul Muni), a Russian woman (Lisa Elenko), and seven German soldiers who have been trapped in the ruined cellar of a bombed out factory in a German-controlled town. While waiting for someone to rescue them, the two Russians try to keep the Germans away. Eventually the Russian officer begins toying with a German officer, and vice versa, as both seek to extract information from the other. The Russian lets on that his troops are planning to construct a tunnel beneath the river. The woman is appalled at this betrayal of information, but her companion reassures her that he can kill the enemy before they have time to share that information, but first they need to get rescued. As time slowly passes, the tension increases, especially when the Soviet begins to fall asleep. The film was made during the brief period after WW II when Russia and the U.S. were allies and the political overtones of the film were unintentional. Later, with the advent of the ... Written by ETO Film Buff

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Taglines:

IT'S THE STORY OF A MAN DROPPED INTO THE MOST SINISTER EARTH-SHAKING DRAMA EVER TO COME TO THE SCREEN! (original poster-all caps) See more »

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Drama | War

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Approved | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 April 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

One Against Seven See more »

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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The paratroopers were carrying Thompson Sub Machine Guns instead of the Russian type. See more »

Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: In 1942, Russia had been invaded to a depth of a thousand miles, and her armies seemed crushed. The world didn't know that these same "beaten" armies would turn, take back every foot of ground they had lost and then invade Germany itself.

One night in this same year, 1942 . . . .under cover of fog . . . .Russian engineers were engaged in a strange activity . . . .on a river, facing the German lines . . . . . See more »

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from Russia with love
28 January 2010 | by RanchoTuVuSee all my reviews

An engrossing WW2 film set somewhere on the Russian Front with Paul Muni as a member of a Russian assault team who is trapped in a collapsed building with seven German soldiers, one of whom is an officer. Along with him is Margarithe Chapman as a Russian partisan. His character is in the lead part of a big Russian counter-attack that is to be launched across a river on a bridge that's being built eighteen inches under the surface of the water. The setting in the collapsed building with the German soldiers whom he has captured and is trying to extract information from is beautifully done with tension and humor amidst fading light, all captured by cinematographer James Wong Howe, one of the greats of B&W photography (and color, too if you've seen Picnic). Maybe Muni was a tad bit better in I Am A Fugitive From A Chain Gang, but he's awfully good here as a crafty Russian fighting sleep deprivation and fading light. The Germans are great as well, each getting enough lines to establish himself. Margarithe Chapman's part as Muni's comrade captures the idea of equality in the ranks among men and women. She's tough but tender.


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