Flucht in Ketten (1958)

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Flucht in Ketten: Directed by Stanley Kramer. With Tony Curtis, Sidney Poitier, Theodore Bikel, Charles McGraw. Two escaped convicts chained together, white and black, must learn to get along in order to elude capture.

“Sidney Poitier continues to break race barriers with this formula jail-break drama. Teamed with Tony Curtis, the escaped prisoners encounter many situations, where their difference in color seems to matter more than the fact that both are fugitives from the law. Throughout the film, the viewer empathizes with the escapees, figuring that they always got a bum deal in life. A scene towards the end, where a single mother sees a chance to u0026quot;hook upu0026quot; with Curtis, shows how Curtis, although often disagreeing, even physically fighting with Poitier, still sees Poitier as an equal in their quest for freedom. Rather than u0026quot;sell outu0026quot; his friend, he would rather die trying to save him. The inevidable ending (remember that one of the rules in Old Hollywood was that the bad guys can never win)is quite moving.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eDefinitely among the established Hollywood Classics. Although many of the u0026quot;old waysu0026quot; have changed drastically since the late 50s, this film offers insight into a piece of Americana many people living today can still recall. An important piece of Film History, and highly recommended.”

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