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A group of French soldiers, including the patrician Captain de Boeldieu and the working-class Lieutenant Maréchal, grapple with their own class differences after being captured and held in a World War I German prison camp. When the men are transferred to a high-security fortress, they must concoct a plan to escape beneath the watchful eye of aristocratic German officer von Rauffenstein, who has fo...

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Directed by

Jean Renoir

Written by

Jean Renoir (Screenplay)
Charles Spaak (Dialogue)

Runtime

114 minutes

Country

France

Language

French

Tagline

A Great Drama of Human Emotions

Cast

Keywords

escape germany war france camp aristocrat prisoner

Photos

Lists

#42 on 1,000 greatest films They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?

#35 on The 100 Best Films Of World Cinema Empire

1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die Steven Jay Schneider

Awards

Oscar nomination for Best Picture