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Billy Wilder’s FIVE GRAVES TO CAIRO to Make Its UK Blu-Ray Debut - New Restored Clip and Artwork

Five Graves to Cairo
Wilder's WWII thriller is coming to UK blu in August.

Eureka Entertainment have brought a host of Billy Wilder's movies to UK blu-ray in recent years, including Irma La Douce, Witness for the Prosecution, Fedora and most recently A Foreign Affair. Next up is his 1943 WWII spy thriller Five Graves to Cairo.

The film stars Franchot Tone as a British soldier who holes up in a remote North African hotel only to find the latest guests are a Nazi unit led by Rommel (Erich von Stroheim).

Five Graves to Cairo will make its UK blu-ray debut on August 17th when Eureka release it from a new 4k restoration.

Bonus features include commentary by film scholar Adrian Martin; an archival interview with Wilder on the film; a 1943 radio adaptation of the film; theatrical trailer; and a collector's booklet featuring new writing by critic Richard Combs and an archival article from 1944 about Wilder and screenwriter Charles Brackett.

Check out Eureka's artwork, official synopsis and a newly restored clip below.

Five Graves to Cairo bluray

The official synopsis reads:

The only survivor in his unit after a battle with Rommel's soldiers in North Africa, British Corporal Bramble (Franchot Tone) staggers through the desert until arriving at the largely deserted Empress of Britain hotel, staffed only by owner Farid (Akim Tamiroff) and his French employee Mouche (Anne Baxter). While Bramble hopes to hide there, the hotel doesn't remain deserted for long – Rommel (a scene-stealing Erich von Stroheim) and his men arrive and take over the building as new headquarters. Bramble assumes the identity of a recently killed waiter...only to soon discover that this waiter was also serving as a German spy, a role Bramble now has to adopt for his own survival. And while Mouche knows Bramble's true identity, she has her own reasons for not wanting to aid in his plot.