49th Parallel
Ortus Films (1941)
Thriller, War
In Collection
Seen ItYes
IMDB   7.4
123 mins UK / English
DVD  Region 1   UR (Unrated)
Richard George Kommandant Bernsdorff
Eric Portman Lieutenant Hirth
Raymond Lovell Lieutenant Kuhnecke
Niall MacGinnis Vogel
Peter Moore Kranz
John Chandos Lohrmann
Basil Appleby Jahner
Laurence Olivier Johnnie - the Trapper
Finlay Currie The Factor
Ley On Nick - the Eskimo
Anton Walbrook Peter
Glynis Johns Anna
Charles Victor Andreas
Frederick Piper David
Leslie Howard Philip Armstrong Scott
Michael Powell
Producer Michael Powell
John Sutro
Writer Emeric Pressburger
Rodney Ackland
Cinematography Freddie Young
Musician Ralph Vaughan Williams

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
Edition Details
Edition Criterion Collection
Distributor Criterion
Release Date 2/20/2007
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio Fullscreen (4:3)
Subtitles English; English (Closed Captioned)
Audio Tracks Dolby Digital Mono [English]
Mono [English]
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 2
Personal Details
Location Drama-Suspense
Purchase Price $26.49
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Disc 01 New, Restored High-Definition Digital TransferAudio Commentary By Film And Music Historian Bruce EderThe Volunteer: A 1943 Powell And Pressburger War-Effort Short Starring Ralph RichardsonA Pretty British Affair: A BBC Documentary On The Careers Of Powell And Pressburger, Which Considers Their WWII-Era Collaborations And Features Rare Footage Of The Filmmakers TogetherExcerpts From Michael Powell's Audio Dictations For His AutobiographyOriginal Theatrical TrailerA New Essay By Film Scholar Charles Barr And Powell's 1941 Premiere SpeechCriterion Spine Number: 376