49th Parallel (The Invaders)
49th Parallel (The Invaders) (1941)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 8, 1941
DVD Release Date: February 20, 2007
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Fernando F. Croce

The oddest of wartime recruiters, a masterwork of wily drollery

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Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine

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.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The rousing war drama managed to be a better propaganda film than most such films.

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Emanuel Levy

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.

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Jay Antani

Syrupy political sentiments aside, 49th Parallel is still a worth a look as a niftily crafted action-adventure of the period.

Phil Hall
Film Threat

Musty propaganda. This one didn't age that well.

Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

[Humanizing the Nazis is] an extremely effective technique, and it makes for an extremely effective film.

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Flixster Audience Score: 77% Flixster User Reviews
Jonathan Hutchings
I know this film was meant to rally the US to take action in the war effort, but 49th Parallel is a propaganda film whose polemics would make Eisenstein blush.… More
Randy Tippy
Terrific old Canadian war film made before the United States decided to enter World War II. The producers thought <i>49th Parallel</i>, a scathing… More
Stella Dallas
sure it's wartime propaganda but it's stylishly done and wonderful fun. we'd expect nothing less from the archers. a stranded u-boat crew tries… More
Aj V
I caught this movie on TV and was bored at once. I'm not a big fan of military type movies in the first place, but this one didn't catch my interest… More
William Sleet
I have a real soft spot for The 49th Parallel. It's certainly not held up by many as the best of Powell and Pressburger but it's one of those films I… More
jay nixon
Ensemble war drama of a nazi U-boat crew trying to escape Canada is filled with fine performances and served as propaganda to encourage the U.S. to get into… More