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Night Ambush (1957)

Ill Met by Moonlight (original title)
Unrated | | Action, Adventure, Drama | July 1958 (USA)
Led by British officers, partisans on Crete plan to kidnap the island's German commander and smuggle him to Cairo, Egypt to embarrass the occupiers.

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W. Stanley Moss (adapted from the book: "Ill Met By Moonlight" The Wartime Diary in Crete of), Michael Powell | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dirk Bogarde ... Major Patrick Leigh Fermor D.S.O. O.B.E. also known to the Cretans and the German Secret Police as PHILEDEM
Marius Goring ... Major General Kreipe
David Oxley ... Captain W. Stanley Moss, M.C.
Dimitri Andreas Dimitri Andreas ... Niko (as Demetri Andreas)
Cyril Cusack ... Sandy
Laurence Payne ... Manoli
Wolfe Morris ... George
Michael Gough ... Andoni Zoidakis
John Cairney ... Elias
Brian Worth Brian Worth ... Stratis Saviolkis
Roland Bartrop Roland Bartrop ... Micky Akoumianakis (as Rowland Bartrop)
George Eugeniou George Eugeniou ... Charis Zographakis
Paul Stassino ... Yani Katsias
Adeeb Assaly Adeeb Assaly ... Zahari
Theo Moreas Theo Moreas ... Village Priest
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Storyline

Based on the true story of how, during World War II, a gang of desparadoes (British officers enlisted for "hostilities only" and local partisans) went to the occupied island of Crete and kidnapped a German General from under the nose of his army. That was the easy bit. They then had to get him back to Cairo, Egypt, dodging an intense air and land search. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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They stole a General under the noses of his 20,000 crack paratroops See more »


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UK

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English | Greek | German

Release Date:

July 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Night Ambush See more »

Filming Locations:

Alpes Maritimes, Alps, Italy See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The title "Ill Met by Moonlight" comes from Shakespeare's play "A Midsummer Night's Dream", Act 2, Scene 1, and is quoted by Oberon to Titania, Queen of the Fairies. See more »

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The fully illuminated side of the moon always points toward the sun and hence at night it must be closer to the horizon than the other side, but when we first see the moon at night the illuminated side is higher. See more »

Quotes

Maj. Patrick Leigh Fermor aka Philedem: Of course, sheep follow donkeys. I'd forgotten that.
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Alternate Versions

The UK version of the film, titled "Ill Met by Moonlight", is 11 minutes longer than the version originally released in American markets. See more »

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Referenced in The South Bank Show: Michael Powell (1986) See more »

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Powell and Pressburger's last film
10 June 2009 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

"Ill Met by Moonlight" is a different kind of film for The Archers, and sadly, their last venture together.

It's a World War II film, based on real-life events in Crete, about the British army and members of the Crete resistance who kidnap a German officer (Marius Goring) in order to send him to Egypt.

The British are headed up by Dirk Bogarde.

It's a slow moving film, without a tremendous amount of suspense, but I have to say I enjoyed it. It's rich in humor and examples of camaraderie among the soldiers and resistance workers. The photography is excellent, though it's no Black Narcissus.

The problem with it is that it isn't up to the usual standards of Powell and Pressburger and not representative of them. I do love Dirk Bogarde, though, in everything.


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