The 25th Hour (film)

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The 25th Hour
(La Vingt-cinquième Heure)
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Directed by Henri Verneuil
Produced by Carlo Ponti
Written by François Boyeur
Wolf Mankowitz
Henri Verneuil
Starring Anthony Quinn
Virna Lisi
Music by Georges Delerue
Cinematography Andreas Winding
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release dates
  • 16 February 1967 (1967-02-16) (US)
  • 26 April 1967 (1967-04-26) (France)
Running time
196 minutes (Europe)
Country France
Italy
Yugoslavia
Language French
English
Romanian

The 25th Hour (French: La Vingt-cinquième Heure) is a 1967 war drama film, starring Anthony Quinn and Virna Lisi. It was produced by Italian producer Carlo Ponti and directed by French director Henri Verneuil. The film is based on a novel by C. Virgil Gheorghiu. It follows the troubles experienced by a Romanian peasant couple caught up in World War II.

Plot

In a small village in Romania, a local police constable frames Johann Moritz (Quinn) as being Jewish, because his wife Suzanna has refused his advances. He is sent to a concentration camp as punishment. Eventually he is deemed part of the Aryan race and obliged to enlist as a Waffen SS soldier. After the war, he is arrested and prosecuted as a war criminal, but is ultimately released and re-united with his wife and sons in Germany.

The picture is based on the novel of the same name by Constantin Virgil Gheorghiu. It includes Hungary's government in collaboration with the Nazis, the encroachment of Romania by Joseph Stalin's troopers, and other happenings.

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