The Elusive Corporal
The Elusive Corporal (1962)

The eponymous French corporal, played by Jean-Pierre Cassel, is ensconced in a German POW camp. Cassel plots with his friends Claude Brasseur and Claude Rich to escape, but all three are recaptured. When the corporal plans another getaway,… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1962
DVD Release Date: March 11, 1991
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Time Out

This late addition to Renoir's impressively wide-ranging oeuvre is nevertheless suffused with the same warm and generous humanism as the great Règle du Jeu or Grande Illusion.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Follows along the lines of the director's The Grand Illusion, but without that film's depth.

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This is a slight and sentimental tale from Renoir, for the most part played for laughs, but it is informed with a trademark humanism that is evident in his greatest work.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

Tthe trace of philosophical implication makes it worth more than lightly passing through.

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Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online

The tone is light and the repeated escape attempts are played with a comic undertone, yet behind the humor is the feeling of dignity lost...

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Don Druker
Chicago Reader

An ironic comedy of fake French heroics and real French heroism, the film is delicate and witty and features a delightful performance from Jean-Pierre Cassel.

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TV Guide

Renoir draws a connection both to his past as a filmmaker and to Paris' past, emphasizing the senseless repetition of war and the timeless universality of man's fight for liberty.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Adam Mahler
a few moments that border on melodramatic for '62 but also nuanced moments of beauty and thoughts about freedom; Cassel is great
Walter M.
"The Elusive Corporal" starts with the French capitulation to German forces in 1940. All Guillaume(Jean Carnet), a soldier, wants to do now is return… More