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Army Of Crime [Blu-ray]


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  • Actors: Virginie Ledoyen, Simon Abkarian, Robinson Stévenin, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Lola Naymark
  • Directors: Robert Guédiguian
  • Producers: Dominique Barneaud
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Feb 2010
  • Run Time: 139 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002VD5RXY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 74,177 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Dobester on 18 April 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Well-acted and reasonably historically accurate, Army of Crime portrays the creation of a resistance group in World War Two Paris. The first act of the film shows us the motivations, reservations and hesitations of the men and women who eventually formed a resistance group composed mainly of immigrants. Once they start to attack the German occupiers, the film becomes more of a war adventure movie. The film does not shy away from the ruthless activities of the Paris Police's "Brigade Speciale", formed to track down communists and resiters, and most of the police characters were real policemen. Nor does Army of Crime gloss over the indiscipline and naivety of the resistants and their consequences.

Overall, an excellent depiction of the heroic immigrants and outcasts who fought and died for France, and the French "patriots" who hunted them down, tortured them and then handed them over to the Germans for execution or deportation to Buchenwald and Auschwitz. What lifts the film above similar wartime dramas is the character of Missak Manouchian, the leader of the group, who wrote in a letter to his wife, written form a Gestapo prison cell "I have no hate for the German people".
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. O. DeRiemer HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 20 Nov 2011
Format: DVD
The camera pans slowly from face to face...22 men and one woman. Some look out the window of the transport they're seated in. Some seem angry, others resigned. As the camera pauses at each face, the person's name comes up, followed by "Died for France." The time is 1944. They are the members of the French Resistance, the Manouchian Group. Many of them seem very young. In a few hours the men will be executed by a German firing squad. The woman will be taken to Germany where she will be beheaded with an axe.

Army of Crime tells the story of this group. They all lived in the same Paris neighborhood. Missak Manouchian, an Armenian, a poet and an intellectual, a man who was first ready to die but not to kill, becomes their leader. He learns to kill very well. The group is made of Frenchmen, Italians, Poles, Armenians, Spaniards, Hungarians and Romanians. All are Communists. Many are Jews. Hours before his death, Manouchian wrote this passage in a letter to his wife:

"My dear Melinée, my beloved little orphan,

In a few hours I will no longer be of this world. We are going to be executed today at 3:00. This is happening to me like an accident in my life; I don't believe it, but I nevertheless know that I will never see you again. What can I write you? Everything inside me is confused, yet clear at the same time.

I joined the Army of Liberation as a volunteer, and I die within inches of victory and the final goal. I wish for happiness for all those who will survive and taste the sweetness of the freedom and peace of tomorrow. I'm sure that the French people, and all those who fight for freedom, will know how to honor our memory with dignity.
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51 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Rachel on 22 May 2010
Format: DVD
The army of crime, relates about a not so glorious time in French history and sets a precedent in showing the active collaboration of the French police during the Nazis occupation. The story follows Missak Manouchian, a poet and Armenian refugee setting up a group of resistants made up of young migrants who settled in France because it was the country of human rights, or so they thought.

Until recently French history books had omitted to mention the role of the French police collaborating with the Nazis, in 1995 Président Jacques Chirac acknolewdged their responsibility in deporting jews during the Second World War. Robert Guediguian has put his soul in this film and even if we know the outcome, it is difficult not to get attached to his characters. Those young men and Olga Bancic the only woman in the group were full of dreams, ready to sacrifice their life for their adopted country, they didnt flinch or hesitate killing to make an impact. Simon Akbarian and Virginie Ledoyen the main characters, are very convincing, as are Robinson Stevenin and the other actors.

I felt completly moved by this story who took place more than 70 years ago, their bravoury could have been relegated to a distant past, thanks to Robert Guediguian they will become part of our memory.
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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Edelbee on 29 Mar 2010
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This is a very enjoyable World War II adventure movie; featuring a story about the French resistance. It is made up of the usual elements that a good movie needs to succeed - action, romance, colour and excitement. The backdrop to the bulk of the story is Paris; the sight of which is bound to be a crowd pleaser in its own right. An efficient movie therefore; Hollywood by the Seine so to speak.

What makes this movie unusual is the nature of the resistance group portrayed here. It is composed of immigrants, refugees and the descendants of such. Classed by the puppet Vichy regime as aliens some French Jews take up arms to fight the Nazis and their Vichy allies. Italian and Spanish anti-fascist refugees join their ranks as do other groups amongst them French citizens of Polish and Armenian descent. Outraged at the occupation of their adoptive homeland and at the sight of French police and civil servants cravenly doing the bidding of their Nazi overlords these "outsiders" take up arms to attempt to restore the lost honour of France. The Vichy regime sneeringly refers to them as a bandit group, an army of crime, whose actions no true Frenchman could support.

What makes the film even more fascinating is that it is based, with a little fictionalisation, on real life events. The French police, as directed by Vichy, rounded up Jews - French Jews as well as Jewish citizens of other states on the run in France from the Nazis - plus anti-Nazi refugees from other occupied states and handed them over to the Nazis. All this voluntarily, without the need for a demand, or even a request, from the occupying Germans.
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