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301 Ratings

The North Star

Directed by Lewis Milestone
United States, 1943
Drama, Romance, War


A small Ukrainian village is attacked by the Nazi as part of the German invasion. Erich von Stroheim, a brutal German doctor takes the children of the village and uses them to transfer blood from them to wounded German soldiers. As the children start dying, the villagers organize an attack.

Our take

A pro-Soviet Goldwyn production, Lewis Milestone’s Oscar-nominated invasion drama is truly one-of-a-kind: a song-filled war film set in a besieged Ukrainian farming village inhabited by Anne Baxter, Dana Andrews, and Walter Huston. With cinematography by James Wong Howe and music by Aaron Copeland!

The North Star Directed by Lewis Milestone

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1944 | 6 nominations including: Best Writing, Original Screenplay

Critics reviews

Mainly “The North Star” strove for innocuous universality. The peasants were played, without accents, by down-to-earth, all-American types: Dana Andrews, Anne Baxter, Dean Jagger and (in his first movie) the 16-year-old Farley Granger… The Russian-born Milestone… was a middling director, less than an auteur but more than a hack.
July 24, 2014
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The North Star is a movie I admire for the effort, patience and talent—all sincere—that went into the making of it; but it is one that I feel is too careful of how it walks and what path it takes. This in spite of there being no shoddiness, that it is a grateful, compassionate tribute to the Russian people, projected cleanly and with that elegance of craftsmanship that Sam Goldwyn manages by obtaining the best material and artists available to satisfy his idea of a well tooled product…
November 08, 1943

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