It is apparently also known as Beyond the Mountains and Mas alla de las montanas
In this drama, two Polish brothers escape from a Russian labor camp and
try to join the exiled Polish Army in Afghanistan. While awaiting the
man who will sneak them over the border, they rent a room. There, one
of them falls in love with the landlord's wife, and the other for a
local waitress. The Russian secret police are everywhere around them,
so every action is taken with great anxiety. The pressure of waiting
mounts as the days stretch on. One of the brothers was injured in labor
camp and is rapidly losing his vision. The other is struck down by
typhoid on the day they are to leave. He must immediately have
adrenaline or he will die and so begs the landlord to get it for him.
While the landlord is gone, the almost-blind brother makes love to the
landlord's wife, and afterwards the guilt-filled wife attempts suicide
but is saved by the ailing brother. The landlord returns, and the
brothers attempt their escape. The landlord, his wife, the smuggler,
and his family go too, but, unfortunately, they are spotted at the
border. The brother with typhoid makes one final sacrifice to assure
the safety of the others. ~ Sandra Brennan, All Movie Guide
Tell us what you think after you have watched it, Barb.
Sault Ste. Marie, Canada
Sent: Sunday, November 23, 2008 6:41:20 PM
Subject: [Kresy-Siberia] "The Desperate Ones" - Polish escapees from labor camp movie
Two brothers struggle against overwhelming odds in their daring attempt to
win freedom. Escaping from a Siberian labor camp in 1941, the two Polish
brothers plan to cross the bleak Soviet hinterlands. They experience danger and
hardship of a treacherous Ural mountain crossing and are persued by the
infamous secret police.
This was a 1968 movie starring Raf Vallone, Maximillian Schell, Fernando Rey
and Maria Perschy.
Anyone ever hear of it? I just bought it on eBay.
Barb Soja Revoet
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