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49th Parallel
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49th-Parallel

49th Parallel

1941
Drama, Suspense/Thriller
2h 3m
A damaged U-boat is stranded in a Canadian bay in the early years of World War II. The Fanatical Nazi captain and his crew must reach the neutral United States or be captured. Along the way they meet a variety of characters each with their own views on the war and nationalism. In this film Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger show their ideas of why the United States should join the Allied fight against the Nazis. (imdb)
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89th
60
The British stars have a go at Nazism one-on-one in a original Michael Powell/Emeric Pressburger propaganda film. Like a Nazi road trip through Canada getting ridiculed to pieces. Loved Leslie Howard's altercation with the Nazi fugitives. That's the way to humiliate them! Laurence Olivier was ridiculous! He was so grotesque that it became pure camp. Anton Walbrook portion was just too preachy. So a very uneven brilliant film. At least Raymond Massey's climax ended this with a hearted grin.
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70th
73
Although this WWII era British anti-Nazi propaganda road-trip/thriller is entertaining enough, the film plays like it's two-steps away from becoming a farce at all times. The serious nature of the war, combined with its propagandist intentions, mixed with the desire to ridicule the Nazis throughout, makes the movie have to ride this fine line of trying to take the Nazi threat seriously while also trying to defang their rhetoric, and the movie sometimes struggles to always maintain that balance.
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50th
74
An occasionally absurd bit of propaganda, but an entertaining one. The fact that this plays out as an adventure film from the perspective of the Nazis is novel, and it ends up being a pretty fun time, and fairly effective despite its ham-fistedness. The low point is without a doubt Olivier's vile attempt at a Quebecois accent. Whether he's hamming it up for comic effect or because that's just how he acts, it's an embarrassment. The highlight is MacGinnis as the one reluctant Nazi.
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70th
68
Definitely hokey here and there, and has more than a tinge of wartime propaganda. It thoroughly and unabashedly kisses Canadian butt, and even has an obvious Christian slant, but for a film that is so agenda-driven, it is nevertheless intelligent, tense, full of humor and enjoyable.
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21st
2
It has its moments, provided by beautiful scenery, a stable of talented actors, and the consummate skills of Powell and Pressburger. But in comparison to some of their later wartime films, which were elevated with subversive wit and even humility, 49th Parallel is a good deal too bull-headed and ham-fisted.
Avg Percentile 59.21% from 255 total ratings
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