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49th parallel

Author: Emeric PressburgerRodney AcklandMichael PowellLeslie HowardLaurence OlivierAll authors
Publisher: [Irvington, NY] : Criterion Collection, ©2007.
Series: Criterion collection (DVD videodiscs), 376.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : NTSC color broadcast system : EnglishView all editions and formats
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As the voice-over proclaims, the 49th parallel is the only undefended frontier in the world. The parallel is the goal of a small group of Nazis, survivors of a U-boat that has been spotted and sunk in Hudson Bay, deep in Canadian waters. The United States is not yet at war with Germany, and if Corporal Hirth and his six crew members can reach it, they can be repatriated to Germany with no fuss. But their trek across  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Foreign films
Action and adventure films
Feature films
Fiction films
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Adventure films
War films
Adventure
War
Drama
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Emeric Pressburger; Rodney Ackland; Michael Powell; Leslie Howard; Laurence Olivier; Raymond Massey; Anton Walbrook; Eric Portman; Raymond Lovell; Niall MacGinnis; Glynis Johns; Finlay Currie; Ralph Vaughan Williams; Ralph Richardson, Sir; Pat McGrath; Gavin Millar; Charles Chabot; Anglo American Film Corporation.; Great Britain. Ministry of Information.; Archers (Firm); British Broadcasting Corporation.; Janus Films.; General Film Distributors.; Ortus Films.; Criterion Collection (Firm)
ISBN: 1934121266 9781934121269
OCLC Number: 77216062
Language Note: In English with optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing.
Notes: Originally released as a motion picture in 1941.
Booklet includes essays "The war effort" by Charles Barr and "49th Parallel" by Michael Powell [1941 premiere speech].
Credits: Director of photography, Frederick Young ; editor, David Lean ; with the music of Ralph Vaughan Williams, musical director Muir Mathieson with the London Symphony Orchestra ; art director, David Rawnsley ; Canadian advisor, Nugent M. Clougher.
Cast: Leslie Howard, Laurence Olivier, Raymond Massey, Anton Walbrook, Eric Portman, Richard George, Raymond Lovell, Niall MacGinnis, Peter Moore, John Chandos, Basil Appleby, Finlay Currie, Ley On, Glynis Johns, Charles Victor, Frederick Piper, Tawera Moana, Eric Clavering, Charles Rolfe, Theodore Salt, O.W. Fonger.
Target Audience: Not rated.
Description: 2 videodiscs (123 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet ([20] p. : ill. ; 18 cm.)
Details: DVD; Region 1, NTSC; Dolby Digital mono; aspect ratio 1.33:1.
Contents: Disc two. The supplements. Features: Volunteer / Anglo-American Film Corporation Ltd. presents ; a Ministry of Information film ; a production of The Archers ; written, produced, and directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger ; with Ralph Richardson and Pat McGrath (1943) (46 min.) --
Michael Powell Audio (60 min.) --
Pretty British affair / BBC ; introduced by Gavin Millar ; written, produced, and directed by Gavin Millar and Charles Chabot (1981) (51 min.).
Series Title: Criterion collection (DVD videodiscs), 376.
Other Titles: Forty-ninth parallel
Responsibility: Janus Films ; General Film Distributors, Ltd. ; an Ortus Films production ; original story and screenplay by Emeric Pressburger ; scenario by Rodney Ackland and Emeric Pressburger ; produced and directed by Michael Powell.

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As the voice-over proclaims, the 49th parallel is the only undefended frontier in the world. The parallel is the goal of a small group of Nazis, survivors of a U-boat that has been spotted and sunk in Hudson Bay, deep in Canadian waters. The United States is not yet at war with Germany, and if Corporal Hirth and his six crew members can reach it, they can be repatriated to Germany with no fuss. But their trek across Canada becomes a fierce struggle to survive, as they encounter and are opposed in turn by Johnnie the trapper, a small Hutterite community, a Canadian intellectual, and a Canadian soldier gone AWOL.

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