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49th Parallel

Posted by martinteller on May 27, 2007

An occasionally absurd (why do six Nazi submariners speak English so fluently, and with no hint of an accent?) 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 Laurence 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 Niall MacGinnis as the one reluctant Nazi.  Rating: 7


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