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- Mike McCrann
I love this film and especially Norma Shearer in such a change of pace role. It is hard to fathom how MGM and Shearer both agreed that she would play the mistress of a high ranking Nazi. And she is so good in the role and I don't think she ever looked better on screen. Her simple hair style and great outfits suited her (no pun intended) perfectly. And Conrad Veidt is fantastic too. You actually like the character - Nazi or not. Robert Taylor was good and the supporting cast tremendous. How often did one get to see Nazimova on screen and Natasha Lytess who plays the student who gives up her passport later became the first acting guru to Marilyn Monroe! Escape is wonderful and I just love the final scene between Shearer and Veidt. Next to The Mortal Storm my fave anti Nazi movie.
Escape Back To A Better Time
- Rick Ellis
I saw this on TCM, I very much enjoyed it sitting on the edge of my seat as how our hero would get his mother out of Germany, I also liked the sets this is what I always look for in every movie I watch.
A wonderful movie with a great story line. As usual Norma Shearer's performance was outstanding.
First rate Hollywood WWII fare
- Jay Dee
Norma Shearer and Robert Taylor take on the Nazis in this WWII melodrama. Shearer is understated and beautiful in this her last good film. Taylor embodies the classic American values of a son devouted to his mother. Conrad Veidt is excellent as the slithery General. This movie was the was released the same year as he played the villanous Jaffar in "The Theif of Bagdad."
- John Pratt
When I first started watching this film I wondered how I had never seen or heard of it before. It gets the full MGM prestige treatment and looks great. By the end all I could do was roll my eyes though I couldn't stop watching. It has more holes than the Albert Hall. How does Robert Taylor get back to town? A Drug that induces a comma like death state was far fetched when Shakespeare used it. One can imagine the head office memo, "We need a 'Casablanca' type script for Norma Shearer". The not so subtle S&M subtext between Shearer and Conrad Viedt pushes the plot into camp heaven. Oh, and did I mention Nazimova plays the mother who uses the passport of a teenager to get out of the country. The same Nazimova who was too old to play the Salome in 1923. I can't wait to see it again.
What a great movie !!
I didn't see it all, because it was on so late, but this movie is suspenseful and just wonderfully made. It is true entertainment and wonderful and poignant acting. Please show it again
- richard hegedorn
i have always loved this film and norma shearer. those who have said she wasn't much of an actress need look no further. she's stunning and no actress ever used her hands to better effect. the ending is a classic.