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Normandie - Niémen (1960)

A certain number of French fighter pilots who will not accept the Second Armistice at Compiègne nor Vichy's orders decide to join the USSR. Once they have reached Moscow they resume ... See full summary »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Pierre Trabaud Pierre Trabaud ... Le lieutenant Chardon
Roland Ménard Roland Ménard ... Le lieutenant de Villemont
Giani Esposito ... Lemaître
Gérard Darrieu Gérard Darrieu ... Le Guen
Georges Rivière ... Le lieutenant Benoît
Jean-Claude Michel Jean-Claude Michel ... Le commandant Flavier
André Oumansky ... Dupont
Vladimir Gusev ... Le lieutenant Zykov
Nikolay Lebedev ... Le colonel Sinitsyn (as Nikolai Lebedev)
Yuriy Medvedev ... Le sergent Ivanov
Nikolay Rybnikov ... captain Tarasenko
Nina Grebeshkova
Daniel Darès Daniel Darès ... Kazal
Vitali Doronin ... Le général Komarov
Vladimir Bamdasov Vladimir Bamdasov ... L'ingénieur Saryan (as Bamdas)
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A certain number of French fighter pilots who will not accept the Second Armistice at Compiègne nor Vichy's orders decide to join the USSR. Once they have reached Moscow they resume training and form a squadron they call "Normandie". Reinforced in 1944, the squadron wins many victories. Following the acts of valor displayed by its pilots during the Battle of the Nieman River, it becomes the "Normandie-Niemen" squadron for the rest of times... Written by Guy Bellinger

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French Fighter Pilots forming a fighter squadron in WW2 Russia.
2 June 2007 | by wiltvidSee all my reviews

This is the dramatization of a true story, suspenseful action pact and often tragic. The french pilots called their squadron "Normandy Njemen". The french pilots who volunteered, where from different walks of life, and had different motives. Most commonly, they where anti-fascist.They also felt betrayed by the Vichy Government for brokering a treaty with the Nazis. They wanted to fight the Nazis. First they had to get out of the fascist controlled countries, and enter Russia via neutral states. Used to french fighter planes, they had to learn on Russian ones. If they overcame the first two daunting task's, they where pitted against the German fighter aces, like Galland and Hartmann. Made in the sixties, the battles scenes look kind of dated: Black & White, not as sophisticated as the BATTLE OF Britain, but as good "DER STERN VON AFRIKA". This statement concerns the technical aspect only, the story actually is much more moving than the other two movies I just mentioned.

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