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Five Graves to Cairo (1943)

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Budget $855,000

Running Time
1 hour, 36 minutes

Country USA

Studio Paramount

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Genre: Thriller, War, Spy, World War II, Suspense, Military, Political, Prison, Love

Tagline: Did a Woman Start the Rout of Rommel?

Plot: Billy Wilder's only war film, an adaptation of the work of Hungarian playwright Lajos Biro, stars Franchot Tone as British tank officer John J. Bramble. The only surviving member of a tank crew in North Africa during WWII, part of the Eighth Army, which has been routed by Rommel's celebrated Afrika Korps, he reaches the Empress of Britain Hotel in a small desert town delusional from heat exposure. Hotel owner Farid (Akim Tamiroff) hides him from the arriving Nazi troops, who accompany Rommel to his hotel. When he comes around, Farid disguises John as one of his waiters, now dead, who had been a Nazi spy. John hopes, in the manner to kill the German general, but is dissuaded from doing so by a captured British officer, and instead learns the secret of the Afrika Korps success. During the 1930s, the Germans had hidden supplies, especially tank fuel, all across Egypt, in the event that war erupted. The five supply dumps are called 'graves' by the Germans, and it becomes John's mission to locate them so that they can be destroyed. An excellent, suspenseful wartime melodrama, leavened with the typical Wilder wit, as a bonus. Tone leads a superb supporting cast which also includes Peter Van Eyck and Miles Mander.

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 Directed by
Billy Wilder
Some Like It Hot, Sunset Blvd., Double Indemnity
 Written by
Anne Baxter
All About Eve, The Ten Commandments, The Magnificent Ambersons
Erich von Stroheim
Sunset Blvd., The Grand Illusion, Foolish Wives
Franchot Tone
Mutiny on the Bounty, In Harm's Way, Advise and Consent
Akim Tamiroff
Touch of Evil, Ocean's Eleven, Alphaville, a Strange Adventure of Lemmy Caution
Peter van Eyck
The Wages of Fear, The Spy Who Came In from the Cold, Mr. Arkadin
Fortunio Bonanova
Citizen Kane, Double Indemnity, An Affair to Remember
Philip Ahlm
The Postman Always Rings Twice, This Land Is Mine, Where Danger Lives
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