Five Graves to Cairo

Synopsis: June, 1942. The British Army, retreating ahead of victorious Rommel, leaves a lone survivor on the Egyptian border--Corporal John Bramble, who finds refuge at a remote desert hotel...soon to be German HQ. To survive, Bramble assumes an identity which proves perilous. The new guest of honor is none other than Rommel, hinting of his secret strategy, code-named 'five graves.' And the fate of the British in Egypt depends on whether a humble corporal can penetrate the secret...
Genre: Thriller, War
Director(s): Billy Wilder
Production: Paramount Pictures
Rotten Tomatoes:
96 min

Marie Jacqueline.

They call me Mouche.

French citizen, born in Marseilles.

Ha. Informed of everything.

We rather like to know where the

light switch is before we enter a dark room.

And theres a waiter here,

Alsatian by the name of Paul Davos.

- Yes, sir. He was killed, sir.

- By whom?

By you, sir. In the bombing

when your planes came over last night.

You know, your beautiful planes.

Whats a French maid doing in Egypt?

- Housework.

- Whats the matter with housework in Paris?

In Paris they are one million

French chambermaids.

There is only one Mouche in Sidi Halfaya.

Only... only one, sir.

The cook ran away this morning

to Alexandria. Why didnt you?

What for? You take Alexandria.

You take Cairo

Naturally. Turn around.

Turn around!

- Cigarette.

- Uh, yes sir.

You light if for me, please.

Your hands are very small.

Its been a long time,

since Ive seen such small hands.

Thank you.

Always attack quickly.

Dont give the British time

to pack up their soap.

Excellent soap. Smells of Bond Street.

How many rooms in this hotel, exactly?

This is the largest hotel, sir,

between Alexandria and Benghazi.

- How many, I said.

- Sixteen, sir, sixteen.

But of course, we lost four

in the bombardment.

- Bathrooms?

- Oh yes, of course, sir.

- Everything is most luxurious

- How many?

- Uh two.

- One that works.

Luxurious indeed.

Or was the word, luksh.

Sir... Lieutenant, the rooms.

Maybe you would like to see the rooms?

Full of bedbugs, Im sure.

Yes sir, full of bedbugs

You see, we have the most wonderful...

Oh, no, no, no, sir,

We have not full of bedbugs, not one sir.

I swear we have no bedbugs.

Well, you see, this is the only hotel

between Alexandria and Benghazi.

We have no bedbugs

I swear we have...

Maybe one or two in the

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Charles Brackett

Charles William Brackett (November 26, 1892 – March 9, 1969) was an American novelist, screenwriter, and film producer, best known for his long collaboration with Billy Wilder. more…

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