Five Graves to Cairo
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Billy Wilder's Five Graves to Cairo is the third take on Lajos Biro's theatrical tale of romance and espionage, Hotel Imperial. This time, the action is transplanted from World War I Galicia to World War II Egypt as Rommel's Afrika Corps viciously forces the British Army to retreat towards Cairo. Protagonist John J. Bramble (Franchot Tone) is stranded in the Sahara, the lone survivor of a British tank crew. In shock and suffering from sunstroke, Corporal Bramble deliriously staggers across the desert searching for the nearest outpost. What he finds is the Empress of Britain Hotel… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Director Billy Wilder handles the varied story elements, countless suspenseful moments and vivid portrayals in excellent fashion."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"A crisp spy thriller."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"This cleverly orchestrated espionage/war drama (with a patriotic coda befitting its year of production, 1943) is enhanced by subtle touches of humour, all emanating from character, which makes it a triple joy as a classic from Billy Wilder"
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"Early, often overlooked Wilder with a classic Stroheim performance."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"It has a little something for all tastes, provided you don't give a darn."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Intelligently told, excellently acted and superbly photographed wartime espionage thriller."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Wilder's work is known for its bitter cynicism and able balancing of absurdity with dead seriousness, but this film, while enjoyable, shows an uncertainty of tone."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"Scores on every level."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"An impressive wartime espionage thriller."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Wilder and Charles Brackett keep the suspense consistently wry and barbed"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Billy Wilder's Oscar-nominated espionage thriller, a fictitious account of how Rommel was foiled by the Brits, is entertaining in large measure due to Erich von Stroheim's performance"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Wilder's second film in America is a Second World War espionage drama that is both witty and tense."
‑ , Film4
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