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It is the year 1936 and the Spanish Civil War is raging. When the German commander of an international brigade is badly wounded he gives his five comrades a message which he divides up and secretes into in five cartridges. All five shells must reach the battalion in order for the message to be relayed. But Frenchman Pierre can’t bear the heat of the Sierra. When he leaves their hide-out to drink from a well he is hit by an enemy bullet.

Movie Data


Original Title Fünf Patronenhülsen

Status Released

Original Language German

Runtime 1h 30m

Budget -

Revenue -

Homepage -

Release Information

  • November 3, 1960
    12, Theatrical



Cast 15

  1. Armin Mueller-Stahl

    Armin Mueller-Stahl
    Pierre, der Franzose

  2. Dd
  3. JD
  4. Fritz Diez

    Fritz Diez
    Major Balanos

  5. FE
  6. Hans Finohr
  7. Erwin Geschonneck

    Erwin Geschonneck
    Kommissar Witting

  8. HJ

    Harald Jopt

  9. Manfred Krug

    Manfred Krug
    Oleg der Pole

  10. EM

    Edwin Marian
    Jose der Spanier

  11. Johannes Maus
  12. WS
  13. Ernst-Georg Schwill

    Ernst-Georg Schwill
    Willi der Deutsche

  14. Ulrich Thein

    Ulrich Thein
    Wasja der Russe

  15. Günter Naumann

    Günter Naumann
    Dimitri der Bulgare

Crew 11


  1. AH

    Alfred Hirschmeier
    Set Designer


  1. KD

    Karl Drömmer
    Director of Photography

  2. GM

    Günter Marczinkowsky
    Director of Photography

  3. ED

    Eberhard Dassdorf
    Still Photographer

Costume & Make-Up

  1. JD

    Joachim Dittrich
    Costume Design


  1. Frank Beyer

    Frank Beyer


  1. EC

    Evelyn Carow


  1. JW

    Joachim Werzlau
    Original Music Composer

  2. Ernst Busch


  1. WG

    Walter Gorrish

  2. WE

    Wolfgang Ebeling
    Creative Producer

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