I purchased this film in a triple pack of films including Orders are orders and Where does it hurt?
This is the first of the three that I chose to watch, this is a very sombre film depicting the true story of a group of German POW's who are building trenches in preperation for the D-Day landings when a surprise aerial attack suddenly occures they are forced to hide inside a blockhouse.
A blockhouse is a huge undergorund storage facility built by the Germans to house frontline supplies and Nazi treasures.
During the attack the entrance collapses and the POW's, who are unable to escape their new prison are forced to try to survive until June 1951 when workmen clearing German fortifications opened up the blockhouse only to discover 2 men who had survived against all odds, at least four of those years were spent in total darkness, it's truly a miracle that anyone survived.
You could easily say though that the films potential downfall is the story itself, if you have a film being made in a confined space then you can obviously only work in this space.
As it's depicting a true story then you can't really jazz it up and make it more eventful than it was, so what you've got is a film that lacks in both dialogue and action, this I'm sure would be too much for some people to take and so sit through the 90 minute runtime.
Due to Peter Sellers being so well known for his comedy roles this is a very rare chance to see Peter Sellers the serious actor, for that reason alone this is worth checking out.
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