Decision Before Dawn

20th Century Fox   (1951) / Region 1
Decision Before Dawn

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To Win The War, One Soldier Must Become The Enemy.

Richard Basehart and Gary Merrill star in a film that's "as stirring a drama as any you'll want to see" (The New York Times). Adapted by Peter Viertel from George Howe's novel Call It Treason, and directed by Anatole Litvak, this riveting World War II drama was nominated for the 1951 Best Picture Oscar®.

As the Third Reich declines in power, the Allies develop a radical new plan - to employ German POWs as spies. Led by American Colonel Devlin (Merrill), and executed by Lieutenant Rennick (Basehart), the plan is risky, and the tension builds as the Americans learn whether the former Nazis will help or betray the Allies.


  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Mar 13 2006
  • Production Year 1951
  • Empire SKU 1049374
  • UPC Code 024543238812
  • Studio  20th Century Fox
  • Packaging Keep
  • Number of Discs 1
  • Disc SS-DL
  • Subtitles English and Spanish


Fox Movietone News Clips
Original Theatrical Trailer


  • Audio
    English Dolby Digital Mono [CC]
    Spanish Dolby Digital Mono
    English Dolby Digital Stereo [CC]
  • Video
    Standard 1.33:1 B&W

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