Normandie Niemen (1959)

Genres - War  |   Sub-Genres - War Drama  |   Run Time - 120 min.  |   Countries - France   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Eleanor Mannikka

This is a conventional, wartime drama by Jean Dreville about the French pilots who escaped the Nazi occupation of their country to join the Russians in fighting the Germans. The Frenchmen are put together in one squadron after they arrive in Russia, and language barriers prove not to be insurmountable in the end. As forays are flown in combat, the French suffer their own losses along with the Russians. Meanwhile, some background on the political currents in France during the Vichy government is provided. Location footage in Russia and historical, archival shots add to the realism of the story.