Decision Before Dawn Poster

Release Date: 1951

DVD Release Date: May 23rd, 2006

Not Yet Rated|1 hr 59 min

Plot Summary
During World War II, an American intelligence unit led by Col. Devlin (Gary Merrill) is recruiting German prisoners of war to infiltrate enemy lines and gather vital information. Lt. Rennick (Richard Basehart) heads a unit of Germans that includes the mistrustful "Tiger" (Hans Christian Blech) and the wide-eyed "Happy" (Oskar Werner). When word arrives that a German general is about to negotiate the surrender of his corps, Devlin sends Rennick and his volunteers on a dangerous mission.

Cast: Richard Basehart, Gary Merrill, Oskar Werner, Hildegard Knef, Dominique Blanchar, O.E. Hasse, Hans Christian Blech, Helene Thimig

Director: Anatole Litvak

Genres: Drama, War, Thriller

Keywords: Rise, Soldier, Underdog, Sacrifice, Tense, Brash, 1940s


Nominated Best Picture
Nominated Cinematography - Black and White
Nominated Film Editing