During 1st WW, two French officers are captured. Captain De Boeldieu is an aristocrat while Lieutenant Marechal was a mechanic in civilian life. They meet other prisoners from various backgrounds, as Rosenthal, son of wealthy Jewish bankers. They are separated from Rosenthal before managing to escape. A few months later, they meet again in a fortress commanded by the aristocrat Van Rauffenstein. De Boeldieu strikes up a friendship with him but Marechal and Rosenthal still want to escape...
Dita Parlo....Elsa - Farm Woman
Pierre Fresnay....Le captaine de Boeldieu
Erich von Stroheim....Le captaine von Rauffenstein (as Eric von Stroheim)
Julien Carette....Cartier - l'acteur (as Carette)
Georges Péclet....Le serrurier (as Peclet)
Werner Florian....Le sergent Arthur
Jean Dasté....L'instituteur (as Daste)
Sylvain Itkine....Le lieutenant Demolder (as Itkine)
Gaston Modot....L'ingénieur (as Modot)
Marcel Dalio....Le lieutenant Rosenthal (as Dalio)
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