49th Parallel

Title49th Parallel
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication1941
AuthorsPowell, Michael
Running Time2h 3min
Date Released10/08/1941
DistributorGeneral Film Distributors (GFD)
CountryUnited Kingdom
Publication LanguageEnglish

This British-propaganda film from Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger presents the Battle of the Atlantic in World War II as an imminent threat to the United States. In the early days of World War II, a German U-boat is sunk in Canada's Hudson Bay. Hoping to evade capture, a small band of German soldiers led by commanding officer Lieutenant Hirth (Eric Portman) attempts to cross the border into the United States, which has not yet entered the war and is officially neutral in 1941. Along the way, the German soldiers encounter brave men such as French-Canadian fur trapper Johnnie (Laurence Olivier) and soldier Andy Brock (Raymond Massey).

Alternate TitleThe Invaders
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