Original Australian Daybill Poster The Passage
The Passage is a 1979 British action–war film directed by J. Lee Thompson (Guns Of Navarone) and starring Anthony Quinn (Guns Of Navarone), James Mason (The Desert Fox) , Malcolm McDowell (Aces High) and Patricia Neal (In Harms Way). The film is based upon the 1976 novel Perilous Passage by Bruce Nicolaysen, who also wrote the screenplay for the film. The plot of the film is as follows: During World War II, a Basque farmer (Anthony Quinn) is asked by the French resistance to help a fleeing scientist (James Mason) and his family escape across the Pyrenees Mountains to safety in neutral Spain. On his trail are a group of Germans, led by a sadistic SS officer (Malcolm McDowell).