49th Parallel (The Invaders)
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49th Parallel is a British wartime entreaty for Empire solidarity, concentrating on rousing the patriotic fervor of the citizens of Canada. A group of Nazi naval officers and crewmen are stranded on Canadian soil (we have no sympathy for the castaways, inasmuch as we have just seen them refusing food and water to a group of torpedoed British seamen). Led by lieutenant Eric Portman, the Nazis try to stir up sympathy amongst the Canadians, beginning with apolitical Quebeckian trapper Laurence Olivier. Failing to convert Olivier--even by force--the Germans move on to a Hutterite farming… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

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"The oddest of wartime recruiters, a masterwork of wily drollery"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"While it might not seem so on the surface to those weaned on Why We Fight and, conversely, The Eternal Jew, 49th Parallel is wholly valid as propaganda."
‑ Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine
"The rousing war drama managed to be a better propaganda film than most such films."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The major asset of Michael Powell's expectedly propagandistic British film, which was nominated for the Best Picture Oscar (under the title The Invaders) is its accomplished ensemble, including Olivier and Eric Porter."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Syrupy political sentiments aside, 49th Parallel is still a worth a look as a niftily crafted action-adventure of the period."
‑ Jay Antani, Filmcritic.com
"Musty propaganda. This one didn't age that well."
‑ Phil Hall, Film Threat
"[Humanizing the Nazis is] an extremely effective technique, and it makes for an extremely effective film."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
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