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Night Crossing (1981)

Director: Delbert Mann

Writer: John McGreevey

Keywords: Drama

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Jane Alexander
28-Oct-1939   The Ring
Ian Bannen
28-Jun-1928 3-Nov-1999 Waking Ned
Beau Bridges
9-Dec-1941   The Fabulous Baker Boys
John Hurt
22-Jan-1940 27-Jan-2017 Alien
Doug McKeon
10-Jun-1966   Mischief
Glynnis O'Connor
19-Nov-1956   Ode to Billy Joe
Kay Walsh
27-Aug-1911 16-Apr-2005 The Horse's Mouth


Review by Malcolm Cook (posted on 24-Oct-2007)

I first saw Night Crossing as a television movie and had it recorded on video. Some years later I was delighted to acquire a copy on DVD. I lived in West Berlin in 1967 and often crossed over into East Berlin out of curiosity. On one occasion, a friend purchased blocks of ten DDR postage stamps which resulted in us being arrested as 'smugglers' on our return at Checkpoint Charlie. It turned out you could only export a maximum of five DDR stamps! The true escape from East to West Germany as depicted in Night Crossing often makes me wonder if, knowing the consequences, I would've had the guts to try myself? Apart from the excellent story, one of my favourite actresses of all time, Kay Walsh, had a short part in the film. If you haven't seen Night Crossing do so, the courage of the true escapers deserves applause and recognition.

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