Five Graves to Cairo

Five Graves to Cairo

DVD - 2013
Average Rating:
Rate this:
John J. Bramble, the sole survivor of a British tank crew, makes his way to a desolate desert town where he is given refuge by a hotel owner and chambermaid who prepare to receive General Erwin Rommel and his German staff. Posing as the hotel's waiter, Bramble attempts to infiltrate Rommel's inner circle and report the general's plans to the Allies.
Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal Studios Home Entertainment, [2013]
Copyright Date: ©2013
Call Number: DVD F FIVE
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (97 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in
digital,optical,2.0 dolby digital,rda
video file,DVD video,region 1,rda


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment
Aug 01, 2019

Billy Wilder's second film as a director may be one of his very best-looking. The great cinematographer John F. Seitz, whom Wilder would work with on his next three big hits (Double Indemnity, The Lost Weekend, Sunset Boulevard) and would be nominated for an Oscar for every one of them; the great Paramount art and set design team of Hans Dreier, Ernst Fegté, and Bertram C. Granger; and editor Doane Harrison assure that Five Graves looks much, much, much better than its tedious WWII morale-booster scenario deserves. The script and acting are routine beyond endurance--I encourage making rude rejoinders to them--and Miklos Rozsa's score is mediocre and mostly too loud. But boy, is this ever good eye candy. --Ray Olson

Apr 21, 2016

This is a 1943 war drama directed by Billy Wilder.
Erich von Stroheim portrays Field Marshal Erwin Rommel.
It is apparently a propaganda film after the Second Battle of El Alamein, but the screenplay is well crafted that it appears to be an excellent spy-thriller even to the eyes of today's audience.
The Germans are played by German-American actors and thus speak with the right accent, except for von Stroheim, who had emigrated from Austria to the US at the age of 24 and whose accent occasionally slips.
The British hero is played by an American actor who speaks with an American accent.
Anne Baxter, however, does a credible French accent.
The German tanks in the film are United States M2 Light Tanks which were used for training.

Jan 17, 2015

Don't let anyone fool you, this is a must see Billy Wilder movie. For suspense it is a Five Star Classic. "Five Graves to Cairo" is just an great mystery war drama that reminds one of other classics like "Casablanca". Erich Von Stroheim and Franchot Tone are put in classic performances. Charles Brackett wrote the screenplay and it will have you on the edge of your seat the entire way. "Five Graves to Cairo" is best watched without reading the DVD box or the content description. Just so many surprises that the box and contents let out of the bag!

Movie No. 2 is a "Foreign Affair" with Jean Arthur in the leading role. The movie is a romantic comedy with some great scenes with Marlene Dietrich . She plays a nightclub singer in Berlin just after World War II. Her singing is something to behold. Dietrich shows all her beauty and talent in one movie. The scenes of Berlin were filmed just after World War II. The movie makes a point of showing the destruction of nearly every building in the city. Really a remarkable film!


Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at SFPL

To Top