Five Graves to Cairo
Five Graves to Cairo (1943)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: January 1, 1943
DVD Release Date: June 10, 1997
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Variety Staff

Director Billy Wilder handles the varied story elements, countless suspenseful moments and vivid portrayals in excellent fashion.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

A crisp spy thriller.

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Urban Cinefile

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

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

It has a little something for all tastes, provided you don't give a darn.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Intelligently told, excellently acted and superbly photographed wartime espionage thriller.

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Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

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.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

An impressive wartime espionage thriller.

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Fernando F. Croce

Wilder and Charles Brackett keep the suspense consistently wry and barbed

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Emanuel Levy

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

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Stella Dallas
fun wartime espionage thriller set in the sahara. franchot tone makes a fine dashing lead, a british soldier stranded in the desert and overtaken by the nazi… More