A group of French soldiers, including the patrician Captain de Boeldieu and the working-class Lieutenant Maréchal, grapple with their own class differences after being captured and held in a World War I German prison camp. When the men are transferred to a high-security fortress, they must concoct a plan to escape beneath the watchful eye of aristocratic German officer von Rauffenstein, who has formed an unexpected bond with de Boeldieu.

  1. Jean Renoir

    Director, Screenplay

Top Billed Cast

  1. Jean Gabin

    Jean Gabin

    Le lieutenant Maréchal

  2. Dita Parlo

    Dita Parlo


  3. Pierre Fresnay

    Pierre Fresnay

    Le captaine de Boeldieu

  4. Erich von Stroheim

    Erich von Stroheim

    Le captaine von Rauffenstein

  5. Georges Péclet

    Le serrurier

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Grand Illusion
Grand Illusion


Original Title La Grande Illusion

Status Released

Release Information

  • September 12, 1937


Original Language French

Runtime 1h 54m

Budget -

Revenue -



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