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The beauty of classical music confronts the ugliness and treachery of war in this unusual drama. Lionel Evans (Charlton Heston) is the director of a well-respected symphony orchestra touring European concert halls in 1944. In the midst of one concert, the city where they are playing is attacked by German troops, and as Evans and his musicians try to escape, they are captured by Nazi soldiers led by Col. Arndt (Anton Diffring). Evans and the orchestra are taken to a castle where they are to bide their time before being executed; but it turns out that Arndt's superior, Gen. Schiller (Maximilian Schell), is a classical music buff. Schiller commands Evans and his symphony to prepare a special concert for the Nazis, but Evans realizes that the moment the concert is over, he and his musicians will be killed. The orchestra's performances, which include works by Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Brahms, Wagner, and Schubert, were performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi


Charlton Heston
as Lionel Evans
Maximilian Schell
as Schiller
Kathryn Hays
as Annabelle
Leslie Nielsen
as Victor
Anton Diffring
as Arndt
Linden Chiles
as Long
Peter Masterson
as Calloway
Curt Lowens
as Klingemnan
Neva Patterson
as Dorothy
Cyril Delevanti
as Tartzoff
Gregory Morton
as Jordon
Parley Baer
as Hook
Dan Frazer
as Chaminant
Ralph Nelson
as Belgian Officer
Dan Frazer
as Chaminant
Ralph Nelson
as Belgian Officer


Ralph Nelson
Dick Berg
Joel Oliansky
Alan Sillitoe
Book Author
Russell Metty
Bronislau Kaper
Composer (Music Score)
Franz Schubert
Featured Music
Johannes Brahms
Featured Music
Alexander Golitzen
Art Director
George Milo
Set Designer
John McCarthy
Set Designer
Burton Miller
Costume Designer