49th Parallel

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Released 1941

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Director:
Michael Powell
Released:
1941
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49th Parallel (U.S.: The Invaders) is a 1941 British film from writer-directors Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. Filmed as a propaganda piece to encourage American intervention in World War II, the film's plot centers around a band of Nazi sailors run ashore in Hudson Bay. The stranded men, led by Lieutenants Kuhnecke (Raymond Lovell) and Hirth (Eric Portman), attempt to flee across the Canadian border into then-neutral United States. All of Canada is looking for them, while Kuhnecke and Hirth show cruelty to anyone who cross their path. Along the way, they bring suffering to a village of peaceful farmers, French-Canadian trapper named Johnnie (Lawrence Olivier), and an English academic, Philip Armstrong Scott (Leslie Howard), who does not miss a chance to rise valiantly to the occasion. The Nazi's face their greatest obstacle, however, in AWOL Canadian soldier Andy Brock (Raymond Massey), who will stop at nothing to see them brought to justice.
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