Decision Before Dawn
Decision Before Dawn (1951)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 21, 1951
DVD Release Date: May 23, 2006
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

Werner, who served in the Axis forces during the war, gives a magnetic performance.

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Emanuel Levy

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.

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TV Guide

An outstanding production in all aspects.

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Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

The film manages to be suitably hard on the Nazi regime while providing one of the first sympathetic treatments of the German people.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's most noted for being more sympathetic to peace loving German soldiers than are most American war films.

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Flixster Audience Score: 68% Flixster User Reviews
Randy Tippy
WWII drama about a group of German P.O.W.'s who were persuaded to spy for the allied war effort. Part docu-drama, part Hollywood propaganda. Entertaining… More
John Ballantine
I would thought that the appetite for these types of films would have waned once the war ended but here we have another mainly propaganda type film that is… More
A World War 2 spy movie that was nominated for Best Picture and forgotten immediately thereafter, and for mostly good reasons. In the name of full disclosure… More