The Raid (1954) DVD9
A superb Civil War western factually based on a little-known incident. Sydney Boehm's screenplay stars Van Heflin as the Confederate officer who, after escaping to Canada from a Union prison camp in New England with several of his comrades, schemes to sack and take over the nearest town across the Canadian border, St. Albans, Vermont, to avenge the destruction of Southern communities.
Van Heflin is disguised as a businessman when he comes into town alone to get the layout of the bank and assess the town's strength. He gets emotionally involved with his attractive widow landlady Anne Bancroft and her son, and eventually with the town's people. His concern for Bancroft makes his mission all the more difficult and leaves him conflicted.
Excellent Civil War photos are used to create just the right suspenseful mood that reflects the anger of the Rebs that would lead them to want to loot and burn down the peaceful town.

DVD9 | PAL 4:3 | 01:19:01 | 7.32 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English, Francais
Subtitles: Francais
Genre: Action, Drama, War, Western

Director: Hugo Fregonese
Cast: Van Heflin, Anne Bancroft, Richard Boone, Lee Marvin, Tommy Rettig, Peter Graves
Country: USA

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