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One Against the Wind (1991)

Mary Lindell works for the French Red Cross in Occupied France during World War II and helps allied soldiers who have been shot down to escape to the unoccupied side. Her activities are ... See full summary »

Director:

Larry Elikann

Writer:

Chris Bryant
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Won 2 Golden Globes. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Judy Davis ... Countess Mary Lindell
Sam Neill ... Major James Leggatt, The Guards
Anthony Higgins ... SS Capt. Herman Gruber
Christien Anholt ... Maurice Lindell, Mary's Son
Kate Beckinsale ... Barbe Lindell
Denholm Elliott ... Father LeBlanc
Frank Middlemass ... Dubois
David Ryall ... Dumont, Mary's Lawyer
Peter Cellier ... Court General
Mark Wing-Davey ... Col. Miles Grant, Leggat's CO
Stevan Rimkus Stevan Rimkus ... German Pilot
Tom Hodgkins Tom Hodgkins ... Ben, Big Canada
Michael Crossman Michael Crossman ... Little Canada
John Savident ... Henry Smallwood, American Embasy
Terence Taplin ... Von Bismarck (as Terry Taplin)
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Storyline

Mary Lindell works for the French Red Cross in Occupied France during World War II and helps allied soldiers who have been shot down to escape to the unoccupied side. Her activities are complicated by her high profile and her daughter's love affair with a German officer. Based on the true story. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Biography | Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

Luxembourg | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 December 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Story of Mary Lindell See more »

Filming Locations:

Luxembourg

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Black and White (archive footage)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The end credits indicate that this film was based on the book 'No Drums ... No Trumpets' by Barry Wynne, and that Mary Lindell, its subject, won her second Croix de Guerre from the French government for her activities during World War II. Lindell had also received one for her actions with the French Red Cross during World War I. The statement also says that she represents one of the extraordinary escape stories of World War II. See more »

Quotes

German Soldier: What did he say?
Countess Mary Lindell: When you're dying, you all ask for the same thing. You ask for your mother.
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Non, je ne Regrette rien
Music by Charles Dumont
Lyrics by Michel Vaucaire
Performed by Édith Piaf
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The Magnificence of Judy Davis: Selfhood Is Chief
22 September 2008 | by jzappaSee all my reviews

Judy Davis carries this entire movie with one of her many insatiable, unforgettable performances, portraying a real-life WWII resistance heroine, Mary Linden, an English Countess who worked for the French Red Cross in Occupied France and helped allies who had been shot down to escape to unoccupied territory. Her actions are made increasingly difficult because of her high profile and her daughter's tryst with a German officer. That complication is what makes her story so universally relevant and sincere. She is unapologetic, impetuous, and completely uncomplicated, so much so that she would never think of hiding those parts of herself.

The way she physically expresses herself is almost masculine, the way she gestures and leans. From the cream of the world's prehistoric dissolution appears this woman's concrete natural liveliness. Selfhood is principal and Judy Davis's portrayal of this character is most involved with its concentration. She is a realist, barely considering sentiment or religious or unworldly matters, which, like all else in her bare-bones view of life, are merely concerns of expediency. She simply is who she is:

Look at the early scene when she sees the English Major played by Sam Neill, wounded and wandering in a Paris under enemy control, she does not pause for a second to endanger her life to protect him from suspicious Germans. Thus is the start of her aid to the British and American soldiers in France.

The way Davis plays this woman is beyond what words can approximate. She is magnetic, relatable, funny, touching and sexy, all in her simplicity in this buried treasure that reveals in essence what any story of an individual WWII resistance fighter reveals, about being your utmost and paramount self, which is a job that could not be more perfectly suited for Mary Linden.


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