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Counter-Attack(1945)

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  • counter attack

    • kevin sellers
    • 11/16/17

    Nice to see a Hollywood WW2 pic without Americans in bomber jackets or British matrons with stiff upper lips. Instead, what we're treated to is an intense, dark (literally, since 99% of it is filmed at night and/or underground) and fairly riveting drama of Russians and Nazis squaring off, with Slavic stubbornness triumphing over German guile. Seen today, it's a timely reminder that Russia was once, if ever so fleetingly, our ally and that of all the countries engaged in that horrible conflict The Soviet Union suffered the most civilian/military casualties. Also figuring in the overall quality of this film is well paced direction from Zoltan Korda, an unusually low key and thus effective performance from Paul Muni as the stolid Muzhik hero and an equally understated, credible turn by Marguerite Chapman as Muni's fellow soldier (Women in combat is yet another reason to like the Russkies!) with whom he is thankfully not romantically attached. Apparently, the sons and daughters of Stalin were above that sort of bourgeois sentimentalism. Give it a B plus rather than an A minus 'cause screenwriter John Howard Lawson's dialogue for the Nazi's tends toward the propagandistic and stereotyped. P.S. Poor Lawson. Born in the wrong time. His pro Russian-ness in the 40s earned him a blacklist in the 50s whereas if he were working today he'd probably be offered a speech writing gig for Trump.

  • Good Drama,Great Actors

    • nomunifan
    • 10/8/17

    Deserves more frequent showings,like Casablanca gets,and deserves more appreciation.

  • Paul Muni As The Patriot

    • shouldbeseen
    • 8/28/16

    Good wartime drama of WWII.Good performances,deserved to do better box office trade!

  • A Superb film

    • David Meile
    • 1/11/07

    Having been raised during the Vietnam war by parents who loathed that fiasco, I am not a big one for 'war dramas'. However a World War II drama with Paul Muni is a major exception. In addition, a World War II film that is positive towards our Russian Allies(see 'Armored Attack'/"The North Star")is unusual. Muni, who could tend to 'ham' is brilliant and the writing is witty, structurally logical, and tense. This is a film of brilliant characters in a riveting situation, where Muni and Marguerite Chapman as Russians try to outlast 7 Nazi soldiers(one of whom is an officer)they have taken prisoner while trapped in the rubble behind enemy lines. In the meantime, Russian soldiers are preparing to attack a german stronghold. The accent is on psychological warfare as Muni tries to get information. It is not surprising the film is so great considering the talented actors, writers(including writers later blacklisted,)and director Zoltan Korda. Show this movie during prime time hours so more can see it.

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