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The title is Adolf Hitler's question to his chief of staff Alfred Jodl on the eve of the liberation of Paris (August 25): the military governor of Paris, General Dietrich von Choltitz, had been ordered to destroy Paris rather than let it fall undamaged into the hands of the Allies, but von Choltitz disobeyed.The film follows historical events as U.S. General Dwight D. Eisenhower, head of the Allied invasion, refuses to divert troops to liberate Paris. His hand is forced by the French military leader, Philippe Leclerc, and by a Resistance uprising in the city. Von Choltitz keeps details of the uprising from the German high command in an effort to save the city being destroyed in retaliation. The film follows his turmoil as a soldier and as the man who doesn't wish to be seen by history as the cause of a beautiful city's destruction.

Movie Data


Original Title Paris brûle-t-il?

Status Released

Original Language French

Runtime 2h 55m

Budget -

Revenue -

Homepage -

Release Information

  • November 10, 1966
    PG, Theatrical



Cast 47

  1. Gert Fröbe

    Gert Fröbe
    Von Choltitz

  2. Orson Welles

    Orson Welles
    Konsul Nordling

  3. Jean-Pierre Cassel

    Jean-Pierre Cassel
    Lt. Henri Karcher

  4. Alain Delon

    Alain Delon
    Jacques Chaban-Delmas

  5. Leslie Caron

    Leslie Caron
    Françoise Labé

  6. Jean-Paul Belmondo

    Jean-Paul Belmondo
    Yvon Morandat

  7. Marie Versini

    Marie Versini
    Claire Morandat

  8. Bruno Cremer

    Bruno Cremer
    Colonel Rol Tanguy

  9. Kirk Douglas

    Kirk Douglas
    General Patton

  10. Claude Rich

    Claude Rich
    General Leclerc

  11. Charles Boyer

    Charles Boyer
    Docteur Monod

  12. Claude Dauphin

    Claude Dauphin
    Colonel Lebel

  13. Michel Piccoli

    Michel Piccoli
    Edgar Pisani

  14. Robert Stack

    Robert Stack
    General Sibert

  15. Wolfgang Preiss

    Wolfgang Preiss
    Capitaine Ebernach

  16. Yves Montand

    Yves Montand
    Sgt. Marcel Bizien

  17. Simone Signoret

    Simone Signoret
    Cafe Owner

  18. Anthony Perkins

    Anthony Perkins
    Sgt. Warren

  19. HM

    Harry Meyen
    Lieutenant von Arnim

  20. Pierre Vaneck

    Pierre Vaneck
    Maj. Roger Gallois

  21. George Chakiris

    George Chakiris
    GI in Tank

  22. Jean-Louis Trintignant

    Jean-Louis Trintignant
    Capitaine Serge

  23. Daniel Gélin

    Daniel Gélin
    Yves Bayet

  24. Hannes Messemer

    Hannes Messemer
    General Jodl

  25. Pierre Dux

    Pierre Dux
    Cerat - Alexandre Parodi

  26. Skip Ward

    Skip Ward
    Charlie, un soldat U.S.

  27. Joachim Hansen

    Joachim Hansen
    Commandant prison de Fresnes

  28. SP

    Sacha Pitoëff

  29. Bernard Fresson

    Bernard Fresson
    Agent de liaison F.F.I.

  30. Claude Vernier

    Claude Vernier
    Prisonnier allemand

  31. Georges Claisse

    Georges Claisse
    Intern with Monod

  32. Patrick Dewaere

    Patrick Dewaere
    A young resister

  33. E.G. Marshall

    E.G. Marshall
    Intelligence Officer Powell

  34. Serge Rousseau

    Serge Rousseau
    Col. Fabien

  35. Georges Poujouly

    Georges Poujouly

  36. Cécile Vassort
  37. Mike Marshall
  38. Maria Machado
  39. Jeanne Herviale
  40. MF
  41. André Falcon

    André Falcon
    Member of Resistance council

  42. Suzy Delair
  43. Gd
  44. BF

    Billy Frick
    Adolf Hitler

  45. Glenn Ford

    Glenn Ford
    General Bradley

  46. Günter Meisner

    Günter Meisner
    SS Commandant Pantin

  47. Michael Lonsdale

    Michael Lonsdale
    Jacques Debu-Bridel

Crew 9


  1. MG

    Marcel Grignon
    Director of Photography


  1. René Clément

    René Clément


  1. RL


  1. PG

    Paul Graetz


  1. Maurice Jarre

    Maurice Jarre
    Original Music Composer


  1. Francis Ford Coppola
  2. Gore Vidal

    Gore Vidal

  3. LC

    Larry Collins
    Original Story

  4. DL

    Dominique LaPierre
    Original Story

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