Watch on the Rhine is a rather old war movie from the 1940's (it's in black and white). It starred a couple that was a part of the underground movement against then-Nazi occupied Germany and depicted their attempts to get out of Germany with their lives. Of course, they are not allowed to leave so easily and are doggedly pursued by Nazi agents. For its time, this was a fairly risky movie – depicting how negative a fascist run country can be. Hellman and Hammett did an excellent job writing the screenplay – they don't make writers or movies like they used to.
The main actor in the movie was Paul Lukas, and he won numerous awards for his performance at the time including the Academy Award for best actor in 1943 and a Golden Globe for best actor in 1944. In addition, the movie itself and several of its other stars were nominated for various other awards (i.e. the film was nominated for best picture and Hammett for best screenplay). My only complaint regarding the film was the somewhat lackluster ending sequences. From what I've read, it appears as though it was not meant to be the “real” ending, as the “real” ending was too offensive and was therefore not actually filmed. Overall, this was an excellent war movie – if you get the chance make sure you check it out.
Review Posted By toopy On 2011-03-11 At 23:43:53