This fantastic box set features four classic war films.
In 1943, Dave (Stephen Boyd), an officer, and Jim (Tony Wright), escape from separate prison camps and are paired together by the Resistance. They are taken to Marseilles by a fishing boat captain to wait for the right opportunity to try for England. While they wait, local woman Lise (Anna Gaylor) falls in love with Dave. He is attracted to her, but is engaged. Meanwhile, Emile Blanchard (Eugene Deckers) refers those desperate to leave France to `Dr.` Martout (James Robertson Justice), unaware that his associate is a serial killer who grows rich from his crimes. Given an ultimatum by his displeased superiors to do something about the French Resistance, the German military commander of the city decides to evacuate and demolish the crime-infested Old Quarter, where Dave and Jim are hiding, with only two hours warning. Dave wants to wait for the fishing captain, but Jim chooses to try Dr. Martout. When the captain does show up, Dave goes to fetch Jim, and rescues him from Martout`s clutches. With buildings blowing up left, right and centre, the pair prepare to make their way to freedom....
Theirs Is The Glory
Theirs is the Glory earned some of the highest critical praise ever afforded a British wartime docudrama. This is the filmed record of the ill-fated and possibly the most harrowing battles of WWII the Battle of Arnhem. In September of 1944, when the Allied forces combined to force a total German retreat from Holland. The "bridge too far" at Arnhem proved to be the Waterloo of this particular strategy, due to a series of unforeseen mishaps and miscalculations. Of the 10,000 troops engaged in the offensive, 8,000 lost their lives. Without sugar-coating the disaster, the film points out the courage and sacrifice of the men involved in the mission. Brian Desmond Hurst directed Theirs is the Glory, with the majority of the cast made up of the actual survivors. Said by actual survivors to be the most accurate portrayal of the events surrounding Arnhem The basis for the film A Bridge Too Far.
Conspiracy of Hearts
First time on DVD!! Conspiracy of Hearts is a 1960 British film starring Lilli Palmer, Sylvia Syms and Albert Lieven which was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Film Promoting International Understanding in 1961. Italian nuns are smuggling Jewish children out of an internment camp near their convent to save them from the Holocaust. The Italian army officer in charge suspects what may be going on but deliberately turns a blind eye. When the Germans take over the camp security the nuns` activities become far more dangerous.
The best kept secret of WWII! One of the covert operations at the beginning of World War II is enacted in this fast-paced thriller about a government-approved diamond heist. A Major from the British army (Tony Britton) joins up with a Dutch diamond expert (Alexander Knox) and another adventurous Dutchman (Peter Finch) to steal a fortune in diamonds from a bank vault in Amsterdam before the Nazis completely close off the city. The trio are launched under the covering fire of a British battleship in the harbour and then chauffeured into Amsterdam by Anna (Eva Bartok), one of many people they encounter who could be either friend or foe. There is no time to waste in emptying the bank vault because it is estimated that the city will be overrun by the Nazi army in just fourteen hours. Meanwhile, the war is intensifying all around them, and the Nazi soldiers already on patrol are a continual threat. Starring Peter Finch (A Town Like Alice), & Eva Bartok (The Crimson Pirate) Based on a true story and the adapted from the book Adventure in Diamonds by David E Walker.