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Hold Back the Dawn

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  • Actors: Charles Boyer, Olivia de Havilland, Paulette Goddard, Victor Francen, Walter Abel
  • Directors: Mitchell Leisen
  • Producers: Hold Back the Dawn
  • Format: Import, PAL
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Run Time: 116.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B003AV6D2A
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 80,747 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Spain released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), Spanish ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), Spanish ( Subtitles ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Black & White, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Hold Back the Dawn begins with a shabby immigrant (Charles Boyer) wandering onto a Paramount sound stage and telling his life story to director Mitchell Leisen (who actually directed this film). In flashback, we see that Boyer was once a conscienceless gigolo, desperate to flee Nazi-occupied Europe. He makes it to Mexico, where he pretends to fall in love with shy schoolteacher Olivia de Havilland. It is his plan to marry her, thus be able to enter the United States; then he intends to dump her and pursue the woman he really loves. Boyer's regeneration, and the price he pays for his previous callousness, brings Hold Back the Dawn to its tearful conclusion. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Oscar Academy Awards, ...Hold Back the Dawn

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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alex da Silva on 21 May 2011
Format: DVD
Charles Boyer (Iscovescu) is a Romanian gigolo who applies to enter the US and is told that he will have to wait 8 years, so he rents a room in a Mexican border town and waits. In to the town comes Paulette Goddard (Anita) who is his ex-partner in both romance and pulling scams across Europe by preying on the wealthy. She has got herself American citizenship and points Boyer in the right direction. All he has to do is marry an American citizen and he can gain his entry in about a month. Thus begins the search for an American bride who Boyer can marry, gain access into the US, get a quick divorce and then team up with Anita once again to fleece the rich. Enter school-teacher Olivia de Havilland (Emmy). However, immigration officer Walter Abel (Hammock) is wise to the plan and does not intend to let Boyer get away with things.

The film is overlong with certain scenes that stretch proceedings a little tiresomely, eg, the schoolchildren, the visit to a Mexican village and the rather painful reciting of some nonsense on a plaque that supports the Statue of Liberty.....oh for goodness sake.....get on with the film....! However, set against this, Boyer and Goddard are good in their roles and their performances elevate this film to the score I have given as the story alone isn't fast-moving enough to maintain interest. I found de Havilland a bit too soppy and so not as interesting a character, although she has her moments towards the end. Walter Abel does a good job as the immigration officer but the rest of the supporting cast at the hotel are all quite irritating. We didn't need any of them for the story.

Boyer does everything with such smoothness that I'm sure he could have slept with the whole cast if he chose to. After all, it's what French people like to do. That and performing mime routines.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Here to help fix rating 27 Jan. 2013
By R. Ginocchio - Published on
One reviewer above has this as a one star movie and then wrote a 5 star review. This is a really good film with Boyer as the womanizer set on getting into America and De Havilland as the impressionable young teacher he lures. The movie covers the evolution of their relationship from manipulation to something more. Boyer is very good and DeHalliland plays the duped romantic beautifully. Not sure what kind of copy you are getting here so it is tough to review the product, but the film is very good.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
GREAT MOVIE! 13 Feb. 2012
By MountainKath - Published on
Charles Boyer, Olivia de Havilland and Paulette Goddard deserve high praise for their performances in this poignant and touching slice of Americana from Mitchell Leisen (who later directed de Havilland in 'To Each His Own'). Basically the story of a European gigolo (Boyer) who wants to get into the United States without a long wait in Mexico. His girlfriend and ex-dancing partner (Paulette Goddard) convinces him to marry an unsuspecting American schoolteacher (de Havilland)in order to gain fast entry before ditching her. Colorful supporting characters come to life--most notably Walter Abel as an immigration officer and Rosemary de Camp as a pregnant woman who wants her child born in the U.S. Boyer narrates the story to a film director (Mitchell Leisen) and we see the story unfold in flashback from his point of view. Excellent work by all concerned. My only complaint is the abrupt ending--which I understand was a result of trouble with Boyer who wanted certain scenes rewritten--a final scene between him and de Havilland would have been preferable to what seems like a letdown for the finale. As it is, it looks like choppy editing before "The End" flashes on the screen. Still, a romantic drama with an abundant amount of dry humor and some crackling dialogue by Paulette Goddard who sparkles in her role as "the other woman". Her confrontation scene with the schoolteacher is one of the highlights of the film. De Havilland was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar for this, but lost to her sister, Joan Fontaine, for 'Suspicion'. (Neil Doyle)
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
surprise and disappointment 6 Mar. 2014
By Sandra Ferguson - Published on
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I was stunned to find that this was merely a copy taken off the tv from I do believe this should have been noted in the advertisement. I can do that myself. I expected a professional, fully licensed copy. Had I been forewarned, I'm not sure I would have concluded the sale. Again, I can frankly do better than this myself. Sorry
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
love this movie 17 July 2014
By PegP - Published on
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love this movie! So happy it has finally been released in DVD format. Olivia de Haviland perfect and Charles Boyer always, always perfect.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Great movie! 11 Feb. 2013
By Thomas J. Tague - Published on
This is a great movie which stars Olivia in her prime. She is captivating in the role and so is Charles. They just do not make them like they used to.
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