Grand Illusion (1937)

Original Title: La Grande Illusion

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Genres
Drama, Made in Europe, War & Military
Runtime
1h 49min

Cast

Jean Gabin
Le lieutenant Maréchal
Pierre Fresnay
Le captaine de Boeldieu
Erich von Stroheim
Le captaine von Rauffenstein
Georges Péclet
Le serrurier
Werner Florian
Le sergent Arthur
Jean Dasté
L'instituteur
Sylvain Itkine
Le lieutenant Demolder
Marcel Dalio
Le lieutenant Rosenthal
Julien Carette
Cartier, l'acteur
Gaston Modot
L'ingénieur
Jacques Becker
L'officier anglais (uncredited)
Habib Benglia
Le sénégalais (uncredited)
Pierre Blondy
Un soldat (uncredited)
Albert Brouett
Un prisonnier (uncredited)
George Forster
Maison-Neuve (uncredited)
Georges Fronval
Le soldat allemand qui tue le capitaine de Boeldieu (uncredited)
Carl Koch
L'ordonnance de von Rauffenstein (uncredited)
Little Peters
La petite fille d'Elsa (uncredited)
Claude Sainval
Le capitaine Ringis (uncredited)
Michel Salina
(uncredited)
Claude Vernier
L'officer prussien (uncredited)

Synopsis

A group of French soldiers, including the patrician Captain de Boeldieu and the working-class Lieutenant Maréchal, grapple with their own class differences after being captured and held in a World War I German prison camp. When the men are transferred to a high-security fortress, they must concoct a plan to escape beneath the watchful eye of aristocratic German officer von Rauffenstein, who has formed an unexpected bond with de Boeldieu.

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