Bleak and unrelenting, a study on man's capacity for violence and torture (both giving and receiving). Sean Connery stars in this WWII drama set in a British North African military prison...he and his fellow inmates suffer at the hands of cruel commanding officers all in the name of soldiering and war. Then things get really ugly. Still very timely...can you say "Abu Ghraib"? See it if only for Sidney Lumet's sharp, taught direction and the stunning bleached out black and white cinematography. Hard to watch but worth the time.