They Were Five (1952 film)

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They Were Five
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Directed by Jack Pinoteau
Written by
Produced byRobert Jallès
Cinematography Jacques Lemare
Edited by Marguerite Beaugé
Music by Georges Van Parys
Sud Film
Jeannic Films
Distributed bySociété Marseillaise de Films
Release date
  • 23 January 1952 (1952-01-23)
Running time
89 minutes

They Were Five (French: Ils étaient cinq) is a 1952 French drama film directed by Jack Pinoteau and starring Marcel André, Jean Carmet and Jean Gaven. [1] It was shot at the Boulogne Studios in Paris. The film's sets were designed by the art director Jacques Colombier.



Following the Second World War, five inseparable comrades return home and swear eternal friendship. However this proves to be harder than they expect in peacetime. It ends tragically for several of the characters, one of whom is killed in the War in Indochina.


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