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Decision Before Dawn

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Original title
Decision Before Dawnaka
AKA
  • Legion of the Damned
Year
Running time
119 min.
Country
United States United States
Director
Screenwriter
Peter Viertel, Jack Rollens (Novel: George Howe)
Music
Franz Waxman
Cinematography
Franz Planer (B&W)
Cast
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Producer
20th Century-Fox
Genre
Drama. War | II World War. Spy Film. Based On A True Story
Synopsis / Plot
WWII is entering its last phase: Germany is in ruins, but does not yield. The US army lacks crucial knowledge about the German units operating on the opposite side of the Rhine, and decides to send two German prisoners to gather information. The scheme is risky: the Gestapo retains a terribly efficient network to identify and capture spies and deserters. Moreover, it is not clear that "Tiger", who does not mind any dirty work as long as the price is right, and war-weary "Happy", who might be easily betrayed by his feelings, are dependable agents. After Tiger and another American agent are successfully infiltrated, Happy is parachuted in Bavaria. His duty: find out the whereabouts of a powerful German armored unit moving towards the western front.
Awards
1951: 2 Nominations for Oscar: Best Movie, Editing
1951: Golden Globes: Nominated for Best Cinematography - Black and White
1951: Directors Guild of America (DGA): Nominated for Best Director
1951: National Board of Review: Top 10 Best Films
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