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- Dashiell Barnes
The first successful propaganda film from Powell & Pressburger. Fine supporting work from Howard, Massey, Olivier & Walbrock; Portman is chilling leading a cast if Nazi's. Pressburger won an Oscar for writing, although some scenarios are too abstract & by today's standards, portray Canadians as one-dimensional stereotypes. A thrilling cross-country tour of Canada overall. I give it a 4/5.
Been played more fairly recently.May have been propaganda,but it's still good film.
- Greg Williams
Excellent movie. Just proves the strangeness of Canadians. So easy going, but when pushed unstoppable and stubborn as hell. Man I love this country. Does a decent job of conveying the shear size of the country as well. Those Germans had to spend a LOT of time travelling to get anywhere.
- Tom Nicholson
Fantastic film. All the reasons to love Canada and hate Hitler.
If the release date of the 49th parallel is 1941, how come the first reported activity of U Boats in the St. Lawrence river is May/October 1942? Were the writers that good? Great Movie.
I am glad TCM chose today to air this wonderful film. I had saw it only one time before - here at TCM and fell in love with it immediately. Wonderfully played out as it unfolds from one stage to the next. I particularly liked Leslie Howard's character immensely as Phillip Armstrong Scott. Seeing a very young Lawrence Olivier adds to its encapsulated intrigue. Seeing the world of the Hutterite Farmers is mindful of the Mennonites - (where I love to eat). If your into a well acted film, a history buff, or a WWII romanticist, then this film was tailor made for you.
John if you see this I wrote to tcm on another subject . They are help ful.
This movie shows the Evil of terrorism in WW II.
- craig brewster
It shows the evil we had to endure the brain washing and evil of Hitler.
- John Dandie
Hi, Was wondering if you could help me, In the 1941 Film 49 Parallel, there was a French Canadian Trapper, Johnny, singing in the cabin , playing his Accordion, It was a French Canadian song, my wife's Grandfather used to sing it to her, but in French, and she doesn't know the words, Is there any way I can find the name of this tune, and then is it possible that it is still available ?? Regards John Dandie