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The Tenth Man (1988)

Not Rated | | Drama, War | TV Movie 4 December 1988
Based on the novel by Graham Greene, this is a story of a French advocate Chavel (Sir Anthony Hopkins), who, while imprisoned by the Germans during the occupation, trades his material ... See full summary »

Director:

Jack Gold

Writers:

Graham Greene (novel), Lee Langley (teleplay)
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Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Hopkins ... Jean Louis Chavel
Kristin Scott Thomas ... Therese Mangeot
Derek Jacobi ... The Imposter
Cyril Cusack ... The Priest
Brenda Bruce ... Madame Mangeot (Michel and Therese's mother)
Timothy Watson Timothy Watson ... Michel Mangeot
Paul Rogers ... Breton
Peter Jonfield Peter Jonfield ... Roche
Geoffrey Bayldon ... Elderly Clerk
Michael Attwell ... Krogh
Jim Carter ... Pierre
Robert Morgan Robert Morgan ... German Officer
Patrice Valota Patrice Valota ... Voisin
John Bennett ... Jules
Alan Rossett Alan Rossett ... Prisoner No. 3
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Based on the novel by Graham Greene, this is a story of a French advocate Chavel (Sir Anthony Hopkins), who, while imprisoned by the Germans during the occupation, trades his material possessions to another prisoner in exchange for his life when condemned to the firing squad. At the end of the war, Chavel, posing as one of the other prisoners, returns to his house, which is now occupied by Therese (Dame Kristin Scott Thomas), the sister of the prisoner, to whom he traded his possessions, and who bitterly awaits the return of the man who had indirectly caused the death of her brother. His real identity unknown to Therese, Chavel is invited to stay as a caretaker, and to identify Chavel should he return to the house. The relationship between Chavel and Therese develops until one night, someone calling himself Chavel (Sir Derek Jacobi) turns up at their doorstep. Written by Thariq Ahmad

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Drama | War

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Trivia

Graham Greene wrote this when he joined MGM as a contract scriptwriter in 1944. It sat in their archives until it was discovered in the early 1980s, and was originally intended to be a major cinema release. See more »

Goofs

When the deed of gift and will are written in the prison cell, the sister's name is spelled 'Terese'. The French spelling is 'Thérèse'. See more »

Quotes

German Officer: There were outrages committed in the city last night. The second in command to the military Governor was murdered. Also a girl on a bicycle. We do not complain about the girl. Frenchman have our permission to kill French women if they wish to.
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Connections

Edited into Hallmark Hall of Fame (1951) See more »

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It ain't I Claudius!
10 February 2018 | by ravitchnSee all my reviews

Derek Jacobi is always for me the Emperor Claudius. Every other character he has played leaves me cold. This is a very clever story about French people during and right after the Nazi occupation from 1940-44. But the people all speak good English and act nothing at all like the French. The Germans of course act like Germans, brutal, vicious, violent as we expect them to be.

I guess one could sympathize with Clavel and his dilemma as the one who sent Therese's brother to his death. But Anthony Hopkins here is not the Hopkins we have come to appreciate and love. He seems very wooden to me. I saw this on MGM HD quite by accident and it seemed to have prospects but I have nothing really good to say about ti.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 December 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hallmark Hall of Fame: The Tenth Man (#38.1) See more »

Filming Locations:

France

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Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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