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86 Ratings

Three Comrades

Directed by Frank Borzage
United States, 1938
Drama, Romance


A love story centered around the lives of three young German soldiers in the years following World War I. Their close friendship is strengthened by their shared love for the same woman who is dying of tuberculosis.

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Three Comrades Directed by Frank Borzage

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1939 | Nominee: Best Actress in a Leading Role

National Board of Review

1938 | Winner: Top Ten Films

New York Film Critics Circle Awards

1939 | Winner: Best Actress

Critics reviews

THREE COMRADES brought together an improbable confluence of talent, all trying to find a way to work around the implacable censoriousness of the Hollywood system. . . . And yet Borzage found a way to work around these constraints to build a film of trembling beauty, positing love as a force not bound by time or space.
January 30, 2018
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The sublime sequence with Taylor throwing out his wristwatch when the ailing Sullavan becomes unsettled by its tick-tock (“Now time stands still”), however, is undiluted Borzage. Yet lyricism cannot quite dissipate the darkening clouds: An exalted, ascending camera movement dissolves to a graveyard, the gunshots heard in the distance grow louder in The Mortal Storm.
October 07, 2013
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Borzage had a gift for making actors seem sincerely enamored with each other. In this scene and numerous others, a wave of uncynical emotion overwhelms the sophisticated dialogue. One feels carried along through the film, the tonal complexity registering only later.
May 22, 2013
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