Shock Troops


1h 30m 1968

Brief Synopsis

A group of Frenchmen freed by the Resistance are running from the Germans and suspect that one among them could be a traitor.

Film Details

Also Known As
Un homme de trop
Release Date
Sep 1968
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Compagnia Cinematografica Montoro; Les Productions Artistes Associés; Sol Produzioni; Terra Films
Distribution Company
United Artists
Country
France
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Un homme de trop by Jean-Pierre Chabrol (Paris, 1958).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 30m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Eastmancolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

Synopsis

During World War II, a group of French resistance fighters, under the leadership of Cazal, stage a lightning raid on a German prison fortress in France to rescue 12 prisoners condemned to death. Following the success of their mission, the men discover that they have liberated an extra man. Unable to decide whether the extra man is a spy planted by the Nazis or merely a civilian prisoner, the men take him to their hideout in the hills. Upon discovering that he wears German boots and has no identification card, most of the men--particularly the outspoken Jean--decide that he should be killed. When they raid the local tax bureau, the men take the stranger along, and during the shooting, he saves the life of a child who wanders into the line of fire. Nevertheless, Cazal orders his loyal aide Thomas to take the man to the river and execute him; but when the stranger talks for the first time and honestly admits that he is a pacificist deserter, Thomas allows him to escape. During the night, he returns to warn the men that they are surrounded by the Germans. After Cazal has left to warn other resistance groups, the Germans close in and take several captives, including the extra man, to be hanged. All the other men are killed, but the stranger manages to escape.

Film Details

Also Known As
Un homme de trop
Release Date
Sep 1968
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Compagnia Cinematografica Montoro; Les Productions Artistes Associés; Sol Produzioni; Terra Films
Distribution Company
United Artists
Country
France
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Un homme de trop by Jean-Pierre Chabrol (Paris, 1958).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 30m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Eastmancolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

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Notes

Opened in Paris in April 1967 as Un homme de trop; running time: 115 min.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in France April 1967

Released in United States Fall September 1968

Released in United States September 1968

c Eastmancolor

Techniscope

Released in France April 1967

Released in United States Fall September 1968

Released in United States September 1968