49th Parallel

49th Parallel

DVD - 2007
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As the voice-over proclaims, the 49th parallel is the only undefended frontier in the world. The parallel is the goal of a small group of Nazis, survivors of a U-boat that has been spotted and sunk in Hudson Bay, deep in Canadian waters. The United States is not yet at war with Germany, and if Corporal Hirth and his six crew members can reach it, they can be repatriated to Germany with no fuss. But their trek across Canada becomes a fierce struggle to survive, as they encounter and are opposed in turn by Johnnie the trapper, a small Hutterite community, a Canadian intellectual, and a Canadian soldier gone AWOL.


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Sep 08, 2018

The strangest film I have ever seen. I have no idea if it's supposed to be a satire, propaganda, adventure, or war film. But it has small roles by Laurence Olivier, the actor who played Leslie in Gone With the Wind, and the mother from Mary Poppins, so it has that.

Jul 27, 2015

1941 British film set entirely in Canada and dedicated with affection to all of us. Often funny and well-observed canadianisms are intermingled with a potent look at the progress of Nazi propaganda within this clearly western propaganda film. What is especially potent is that the enemy of the film is not made to appear ludicrous and the heroes are not also one-dimensional. Besides all this it's a hoot to see Canada from Newfoundland to Vancouver to Hudson's Bay in 1941. Great script - lots of fun.

Jun 08, 2014

Please add my voice of approval at the work of English Director Michael Powell on The 49th Parallel. Not many movies show us the side of the Nazi's like the 49th Parallel. There is amazing footage of a crew from a sunken U Boat trying to cross Canada to the United States. (We had not entered World War II at the time). Powell had a great script, film crew and cast for this film. You can be sure that this will be one of your favorite English films!

Though quite fantasic, this is a well made and truly entertaining film that manages to transport the viewer into another reality. Action adventure near its best.

NightGoat72 Feb 23, 2014

Though often dismissed as a minor, early curiosity in the cannon of Powell/Pressburger films, this gem is quite a marvel. Though it was created as a piece of anti-isolationist WWII propaganda, the film's script is a surprisingly effective work of humanist persuasion. But all of that takes a back seat to the film's absolutely stunning location photography, filmed beautifully in black and white.

Jan 08, 2013

It plays more like propaganda than an actual movie. But it is still pretty interesting, and the all star cast is fun to watch.

aaa5756 Oct 10, 2012

Sound and Very well done old school war movie. I would recommend this movie for all to see.

Glencoe_Mike Oct 08, 2012

Much of it is breathtaking but it also runs long and its propaganda does not necessarily make it hold up over time.


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