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  • Actors: Virginia McKenna, Paul Scofield, Jack Warner, Denise Grey, Alain Saury
  • Directors: Lewis Gilbert
  • Writers: Lewis Gilbert, Leo Marks, R.J. Minney, Vernon Harris
  • Producers: Daniel M. Angel, Earl St. John, Hugh Perceval
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Jan. 2007
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000I8OP4G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,766 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A low-key treatment in semi-documentary style about the true story of Allied spy Violette Szabo (played by Virginia McKenna), who parachuted into Nazi-occupied Europe during World War II. Betrayed, she was captured, tortured and eventually executed by firing squad in Ravensbruck, France.

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I had heard of the Violette Szabo and meant to read about her for years.
This year I bought both the book Carve her Name with Pride and the dvd. I have not been able to get her story out of my head ever since. I wonder how anybody can have been so brave. How a young girl could volunteer to be parachuted or be landed by plane in occupied France knowing how the Germans were likely to treat them when and if they were captured.......is supreme courage.

The dvd is excellent as is the book. It is based on fact which makes it serious reading. There were many other young people who did what she did and I have a great admiration for them all. Thank goodness there are books to read and dvd's for the next generation to see so that they are not forgotten.
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Totally fascinated with this true story. Visited the museum in Hereford, have already read the book and it was wonderful to be able to get the film on dvd.

You will not be disappointed.
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For me this is one of the very best "True War" Stories.
It proves that the women of the Second World War did more than sit at home knitting glove.balalavas and socks as so many people thought.

BE WARNED - before viewing make sure you have a box of tissues handy.
It is a real "weepy" movie but at the same time it fills you with pride
especially if you are a British woman. I am proud just to own this DVD.
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I'm a bit of a war movie buff, but this is one of those films that isn't often mentioned in the lists of Great War Movies. It should be! This film is brilliant and the tone is just right. There's enough war scenes to make it feel like a real war movie i.e. Lots of faceless Nazis dying but it also struck the right balance by making us care deeply for Violette and her actions and courage.
This film did make me cry, the title is very evocative and I think today when perhaps WW2 is becoming increasingly forgotten, its necessary for us to remember those who made the ultimate sacrafice. Those who gave their lives to protect their families and us as a nation should not be forgotten and we should be proud of them.

That didn't mean to come off as a jingositc review but it kind of did. My apologies. Buy this movies!
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By Moira TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 14 Nov. 2015
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Starting in 1940 the film follows Londoner, Violette Bushell as she meets and marries her French husband Etienne Szabo. After his death she is invited to join the SOE where her French language skills would be useful. Her mother was also French so Violette had grown up bi-lingual. There is a lot of humour in this first part of the film both when following her courtship with Etienne and then her training for special ops. Naturally, things take a more serious turn when she is flown into France for her first mission and escalate further on her second.

Made in 1958 the costumes do look more 50s than 40s but that is a minor quibble. The spirit of the period is well drawn in the family scenes as well as the action ones. It would have been difficult in that time to show the full graphic horror of what Violette endures in France. The camera work is adept as building the suspense showing the approach of danger before veering away to allow sound and your imagination to fill in the blanks. The effects are convincingly portrayed by lead actress Virginia McKenna. The poignant ending had me welling up.

An excellent film portraying the real wartime experiences of a heroic woman.
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Got the book written by her daughter Tanya & actually spoke with her so had to get the film too for my wifes Christmas as her dad had flown many missions dropping SOE operatives including Violet into France
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Carve Her Name With Pride is one of the finest World War II movies ever made, particularly poignant because it is a true story. It is about a young British woman who infiltrates Nazi lines when working with the French Resistance. The movie brings starkly to life the terrifying dangers she faced, the Frenchman she loved and married and the child they shared until his death. Her extraordinary courage, brought so brilliantly to life by Virginia McKenna, remains with me and, I think, should be an example to everyone. Be prepared - this movie will stay with you forever.

Christina
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Sad but beautiful and well worth watching. An excellent permformance by Virginia McKenna. A classic movie that everyone should see.
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