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Format: DVD
Sku: 202308268
UPC: 024543238812
UPC 14: 00024543238812
Category Keywords: Germany  Nazi Germany  War  World War II
Rating: NR
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"To Win the War, One Soldier Must Become the Enemy."
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.System Requirements:Running Time: 119 MinFormat: DVD MOVIE

"Top-notch WW2 espionage thriller...Outstanding work by Werner, Neff, and the supporting cast.   Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide

Editor's Note
A very realistic WWII action film, DECISION BEFORE DAWN was shot in 1951 on location in a war-ravaged Germany, using actual former POWs in many of the roles. In the final days of the war, the German Army is suffering but refuses to yield, so the Allied forces, led by Lt. Rennick (Richard Basehart), make the risky move of sending two POWs to infiltrate the enemy. Tiger (Hans Christian Blech) and Happy (Oskar Werner) now face bleak odds against the enormously efficient Gestapo, while Rennick has his own doubts about whether or not the men are trustworthy.


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Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Foxvideo
Video Release Date Release Date: 4/24/2007
Video Play Time Running Time: 119 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1951
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 2233881
Video UPC UPC: 00024543238812
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Gary Merrill
Video Cast Info Hildegard Knef
Video Cast Info Oskar Werner
Video Cast Info Richard Basehart
Video Cast Info Anatole Litvak - Director
Video Cast Info Dorothy Spencer - Editor
Video Cast Info Frank McCarthy - Producer
Video Cast Info Franz Planer - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Franz Wasman - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Peter Viertel - Writer


Oscar (1952)
   Video Award Name Dorothy Spencer, Nominee, Best Film Editing

Golden Globe (1952)
   Video Award Name Franz Planer, Nominee, Best Cinematography - Black and White

Professional Reviews

Goatdog's Movies 8 of 10
The most interesting aspect to the film is everyone's ambivalence about the turncoats. None of the Americans trusts them to follow through on their missions, and everybody despises them for being turncoats, despite the fact that they're helping the Americans win...The film manages to be suitably hard on the Nazi regime while providing one of the first sympathetic treatments of the German people, who are viewed as victims of their leaders...Oskar Werner carries the movie, spending the bulk of it alone, wandering across Germany in search of the 11th Panzer Division...Director Anatole Litvak shot the film on location in the bombed-out ruins of Germany; many of the extras were former German soldiers, and there was plenty of original WW2 equipment around to use as props - and plenty of active-duty American soldiers, too, who show up as extras. - Michael W. Phillips Jr

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Basehart,Richard
Product attributeLabel:   Fox Home Entertainment
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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