1951 Decision before dawn

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Película 1951: Decisión al amanecer (Inglés, subtítulos en español). Nominada al Oscar como Mejor película de 1951. Dirigida por Anatole Litvak. Richard Basehart, Gary Merrill and Oskar Werner.

Decision before dawn Anatole Litvak Richard Basehart Gary Merrill Oskar Werner

Thank you for posting and sharing!! Great film with excellent video quality!
8:30 The man at the left with the cup, mustache and gun on his belt is my father, C.A. "Butch" Amos as Major Richards. He has a few speaking parts here and later in the movie and he was proud of being in Decision Before Dawn. He and many of the other small part actors and extras were active duty soldiers. He was a captain at the time and retired a major. We miss you, Dad.
We'll never see great WW2 movies like this again. Written, directed and acted by men who were there and remembered. Original uniforms. Accurate history, non biased, free of Hollywood stereotypes and political agendas to ruin the movie. Now we get Fury.
Back in 1951 film studios evidently gave slow readers, those like myself, plenty of time to read explanatory (opening) captions.  That doesn't happen so much now.  These days you practically have to be a speed reader to read on screen captions.
Rentaghost okish
One of the better WW2 films...interesting plot and characters, avoids lazy stereotypes. 8/10
Scott South
Oscar Werner is indeed a man of presence. He once even guested in a Columbo episode, lending class to a TV show. As for the idiots suggesting any WWII European Theater film is "Jewish propaganda"... what the hell is wrong with you?
Vesper Martini
I don't know what it is about this movie, but I keep coming back to watch it again, it's my third time. It's great!!
kausmo tumynski
Quite a good film, locations are excellent and so is the authenticity of the equipment and uniforms. Acting is first rate as is script, and direction. That's really the Wurzburg castle, not a set! I was stationed in Germany from 76-80 and spent some time there.
This was a really good film and I enjoyed it. Being made close to the time it was set in, gave it realism and believability. The ruins of many European cities gave excellent production values. I like seeing films with real tanks, planes,soldiers and battle fields. Everything today looks fake and like a video game because of CGI. Funny thing is budgets keep skyrocketing and nothing seems to be built anymore. So where is the money going ?
Vince Klortho
This is a great movie. One of my favorites. Oskar Werner was always good. I particularly liked his performance in The Spy Who Came in From the Cold.
Richard Wessen
this was one of the best war films ever made it stands alongside stalag 17 attack and paths of glory.
davide chiappetta
amazing film written and directed in a perfect way, up to the extraordinary tragic and poignant ending that makes the story even more nice, one of the best war movies I've ever seen and the only one who has combined a plot of spy and a plot of war, the characters are all drawn to perfection, the tension grows until it becomes palpable, the only flaw: a voice-over that opens and closes the film; Litvak was not longer able to repeat, although he has created memorable works like Sorry, Wrong Number or Castle on the Hudson (to mention someone)
Jon Hart
The German NCO at the control point is Gerd Froebe aka Goldfinger.
10:29 Klaus Kinski :-) Great! But also Hans-Chstian Blech and the awesome Oskar Werner make good jobs.
Deep Blue
A real gem, very well directed and actors at their best. The superb black-and-white photography, the german cities still in (real) ruins, the genuinity of the locations, the original clothing and equipments (real PAK40s and SPW half-tracks!!!), the vehicles, the characters, added to a great direction gives out perfectly the oppressive atmosphere of the times. I've rarely seen wartime Germany so incredibly real on screen. And I don't think that's just because the film was shot only 6 years after the war, Litvak did a superb job: uniforms, vehicles, weapons, atmosphere, whereabouts, buldings, locations, police procedures, documents, papers, everything is exactly like it really was. Everything is perfect, and that makes this movie perfectly credible, a documentary more than a movie. Living in Germany in '45 was really like this. Really, in every detail. Well, they had no real Panzers so had to come out with M24s tanks but that's least...
George Theofanous
A wonderfully acted, directed, and produced film. I wish I'd heard of this sooner.
Ive watched 10minutes. its authentic and interesting
Dana Briggs
My father, Sgt. H.W. Briggs, is in this movie -- first seen at about minute 21:50 as the sergeant taking Werner from the courtyard and up the stairs. He is also in a few subsequent scenes.
Kevin Sheffield
Wonderful to see this intelligent film (no pun). Thanks for posting - thanks big time.
RC Nelson
Oskar Werner was super in this movie, long before Fahrenheit 451.
Great movie about a German who saw the good for his country was working against the Führer and following his own conciouns (sorry for the spelling, you get it I'm sure) .
Anton Pictures
Decision Before Dawn (1951) Drama, War [USA:Unrated, 1 h 59 min] Richard Basehart, Gary Merrill, Oskar Werner, Hildegard Knef Director: Anatole Litvak Writers: George Howe, Jack Rollens, Peter Viertel, Carl Zuckmayer IMDb rating: ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 7.4/10 (1,441 votes)
David Rice
Hard to believe so many didn't 'like' this great film!
This is a very rare movie,showing post war conditions and some authentic German equipment.
Bill Blinky
Great movie. Maybe the closeness of time to the actual war helped with the reality but I felt it was mostly pretty accurate, especially those emotions of 'doing the right thing versus saving your skin'.
Kelly Guthrie
One of the best war movies, with great acting, photography, and scenery (thanks to the availability of many vehicles and destroyed buildings.
Logan Green
great movie!
10:28 Klaus Kinski
william cann
This is a fantastic movie like reticulan5 said great backdrop....right after the war or close to it. Black and white makes this film. Not sure if you could remake this movie and have the same impact. Like to see a studio try....great story based on true events.
The "German" tanks are American M-24 Chaffees, but it's interesting to see that there still were some P-47 Thunderbolts in Europe (at 1:28).
Joseph Sullivan
Interesting to see the portrayal of Germans and their army during the final days. Great movie.
Steve Carmick
The movie is made from a book named "Call It Treason" by George Howe. Worth reading, if you can find it.
Wow a young Klaus Kinski 10.31, cool!
Gilda Marlowe
Werner is an excellent actor , as is Basehart
Thank-you for the up-load. A very good film.
Terry Middlemiss
Really great unusual movie highly reccomnded thanks for posting
salina mohr
one of the best war movies i ever saw, its exactly how the Ruhr area looked like in March 1945
Mr Nobody
How "sweet" the scene where the wee boy has a revelation of goodness ! What a load of crap ....... the screenwriter had no idea of how indoctrinated the Hitler Youth were ........ they would report thier mothers for the slightest criticism against the regime !
edo edo
Beautiful film.
A very young Klaus Kinski at 10 mins in. He looked and sounded out of his face even then.
Good authenticity of the German Reich, like mixed uniforms on the troops being rounded up for the front, the slogan painted on the train, the sign on the hanged deserter. The Geheim list of suspects was also very realistic, I have seen similar documents. A fine movie, especially for a non-massive budget and for 1951. Minor inaccuracies: tanks were  USA post-war ( but this was pretty well hidden at least on the ones with tarps on them; radio in cabaret was post-war model; AA guns in bombed city were too small to deal with heavy bombers at altitude.
Pabcde. Babcde.
A very good film. Werner was a fine actor (Ship of Fools, F/451, etc.) who died too young.
Seriously good film.
Spartaculus Jones
Good movie that makes an excellent depiction of the frantic efforts of German civilians to keep their society intact as the Allies closed in.
Entscheidung vor Morgengrauen ein amerikanischer Film von 1951
Steven Torrey
Great scenes of post world war Germany (1951) for a movie about the end of 1944 or so. Suspenseful war movie, realistic.
Jose Torres
Loved it!....Poor happy,he sacrificed his life for those of others."Good movie"
Prinz Johannes
After a while bombing of german citys (Seeing no influence on the war ) were a crime but only few would admit because they have to face there own evilness and all the other glorious resons to fight and kill are in question so they must deny !
raymond goddard
Many thanks...great upload. Ranks with the best I've seen based on the period.
Jonathan Stein
First rate classic with a memorable cast.    Thanks for the upload. 
Alexandros Fotiou
A very good film,and an opportunity to see something of the Spanish language due to the subtitles...
This is a really good movie. Thanks to the person responsible for posting it.
fede 123
awesome movie
history repeats it self welcome to the homeland
I wish this was in german.
Clarence Beeks
This is one damn good WW2 movie that actually works as a thriller. Thanks for the upload. Well worth a watch.
Mad Jack Tramper
excellent film, some well known faces "before they were well known" Thanks for the upload.  
Jeremy Bear
Jeremy Bear
Does anyone know of a movie that focuses on the POW camps of the Germans while under allied forces care? I can't recall ever coming across one. Thanks for the help
Impressive to see a movie that is so realistic and one that paid so much attention to detail. We are used to color but this was so well done that the black and white really added to the winter dreary conditions they found themselves in. Film quality was poor and to dark at times but over all enjoyable to watch.
Brad Bilbo
This turns out to be one of the best WWII movies made. Great location shots. The acting is good and the storyline moves all the way through the movie. The war scenes look really convincing. I guess there was still a lot of equipment and uniforms left over to make this feel real.
Richard Grant
Nice commentary about your father... Thank you for sharing and thank you to your father.
Karen Joy
Good flick. I do however hate the way the American's come over. Like in many films its like the big I am or we're the best. The British films never came over like that.
been a long time since i saw this.... thank you.
Lily Tyler
good but the translations are distracting
PMT241016 Lynch
Bloody good film!
pete allen
for god and country
1:33:15 very risky scene, so close in front of running train
10.30 ; KLAUS KINSKI!!!
John Funck
Thank you for this remarkable classic film which I had never seen. Werner outstares Baseheart.
Andri Prasetyo
That kraut guy rudolph barth tiger also playred in The bridge of remagen as kraut capt schmidt 18 years later
Bazooka Joe
Excellent movie, but couldn't it be posted with-out the annoying Spanish subtitles.
jonathan white
Great little film.
Allan Miller
so many bad movies that got air play too bad but this film is a gem. Well portrayed good acting very real. Highly recommended for a totally different spin on the usual format.
Gilda Marlowe
having the translations at the bottom --annoying.
Stella Yates
A really unusual and interesting film that provides an insight to how the Germans lived in the city ruins waiting for the inevitable defeat. Completely realistic and you can't help but think of the pointless waste, destruction and misery of war,
Excellent film but so soon after the war it is a shame they couldn't find some real German tanks for the closeups.
What an excellent movie. Espionage behind enemy lines must be one of the most dangerous operations during wartime. Some very interesting characters in this movie, especially the German code-named Happy. An American movie but it also gave a human face to the Germans. I wish they made movies like this one today.
What an outstanding film - amazed that I missed this.. Thanks for posting!
Gilda Marlowe
subtitles annoying
pretty good movie...better than most from that time....I'll revise that and say the best war movie i've seen from that time period
Ol Rappaport
Shocking to see how badly damaged Wurtzburg was still, five years after the war. I was there in March this year, stunning city, completely rebuilt.
Big Barney
Oskar Werner looks like a young Dennis Hopper.
Excellent flick.
Michael Greenwood
The film looks to me like a Jewish Propaganda War film.  Being a "Twentieth Century-Fox" film release- They (Twentieth Century-Fox) were started by Willim Fox who was born in Tolcsva, Hungary and originally named Wilhelm Fried. His parents, Michael Fried and Anna Fuchs, were both German Jews. Eventually the family emigrated to the United States and settled in New York City. Wilhelm worked as a newsboy and in the fur and garment industry as a youth, then later changed his name to William Fox. Fox lost control of the Fox Film Corporation in 1930.  In 1935, Fox Film Corporation, under new president Sidney Kent, merged with "Twentieth Century Pictures" to form 20th Century-Fox. (Darryl Zanuck, the driving force behind the creation of 20th Century-Fox, was married to actress Virginia Fox.  Joseph Schenck in 1933 partnered Darryl F. Zanuck to create 20th Century Pictures that merged with Fox Film Corporation in 1935.  Schenck was born in Rybinsk, Yaroslavl Oblast, Russia to Jewish parents. He and his family  – including younger brother Nicholas  – emigrated to New York City in 1893.  So it looks to me that it was directed produced and released by Jewish people funded by Jewish finance.  Therefore a jewish propogander film.
Maxine Bryant
 They call the kid Happy a traitor , I didn't see him that way , I saw a hero who was trying to do something honorable and and noble. He didn't think what his country was doing was right and it wasn't Hitler was a dictator. the gestapo guy had a fortune in jewels,Where do you think he got them from ? He either killed for them or took them off from Jews that were put in ,.so yes Happy was a hero
Kinski was a conscript in the Wehrmacht-captured by the British during Market Garden.
Seen this when I was younger, now older I really like it. In a way, this movie shows the reality of those knowing they were fighting for a lost cause.
Andrew Mazzoli
good movie
Gene Garren
I started first grade the year this fantastic movie came out. Through the years, I gain more and more respect for it's lessons and historical accuracy. The young German medic did his job due to extreme sense of duty to not only his country but mankind. Sadly branding him a traiter is very unfair and sad. He has served well for 2 years, but the lost of his friend as he said was the "last" in a series of events that turned him to his decision. He was willing to risk his life for his country on both counts, and certainely not a coward. What more can a person do? As for amosnew's dad, you should be very proud of him, and it is obvious that active duty soldiers were also in the film. The equipment, vehicles, weapons, for the most part were actual WW-2 German origin. Add the destruction of the various cities, and towns, added to it all. I visited the Castle at Wurtsburg back in 1975 when I was a Ranger Instructor and TDY to Germany. We stayed on a German Infantry base in Hammelburg. While there I came upon a WW-2 German fighting unit reunion. They were all very gracious to me and especially an older man who had obviously been of high rank during the war. It is truly remarkable how the German Armed Forces in spite of so many setbacks caused by Hitler's mistake was able to fight so many for so long. In the end we must always respect all soldiers regardless of their leaders. In closing, I really enjoy this incredible movie.
Thank you for posting!!  );})
Paul Bryson
who would not die for god when the ss hated every truth u have been brought up with this is true of the black and tans the miliec and the paratroopers who KILLED and murderd children and men on a peace march on Bloody Sunday ST Michel defend us on our  day of Battel with EVIL
Lord John Whorfin
" A soldier who can't find his way back to his unit isn't much good", said the Lieutenant who doesn't know how to read a map. Ahhh how true...there's nothing more dangerous than a 2nd lieutenant with a map and compass. R.L.T.W.
Your "ideas" are rather difficult to comprehend. You are either very young - but already hopelessly perverted - and ignorant, or you are of age and perverted and even insane.
Leilani De Guzman
harry garcia
harry  I saw this movie sometime ago and its a classic WW2 action or very successful War classic.
Alberto Guadiana
RIP happy
The leather jackets and dress uniforms were designed by Hugo Boss I believe
The Germans actually tried to blow up the Remagen bridge, but the charges weren't strong enough. After it was taken it sank into the Rhine, but by then the Americans had built enough of their own bridges so it wasn't needed anymore. Oskar Werner was indeed an anti-Nazi German who escaped with his family and made anti-Nazi pictures in Hollywood during WWII.