Decision Before Dawn
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With the Third Reich disintegrating, several members of the German army are defecting to the Americans and offering their services as spies. US officer Gary Merrill trusts none of these last-minute "converts", but German prisoner Oskar Werner seems to be sincere. Werner insists that by helping the Americans, he is saving Germany from destruction. Merrill sends Werner behind enemy lines for counter-espionage with an American officer (Richard Basehart), who still isn't convinced that the German expatriate means what he says. At several critical junctures, it seems as though Werner… More

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Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Werner, who served in the Axis forces during the war, gives a magnetic performance."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"Litvak's intriguing account of U.S. Intelligence operation during the last year of WWII was nominated for the Best Picture Oscar, boasting a good performance from the young Oskar Werner as a sensitive and naive German soldier-traitor."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"An outstanding production in all aspects."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The film manages to be suitably hard on the Nazi regime while providing one of the first sympathetic treatments of the German people."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"It's most noted for being more sympathetic to peace loving German soldiers than are most American war films."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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