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Counterpoint poster.jpeg
Theatrical Release Poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpgUnited States
Directed by Ralph Nelson
Release Date 1968
Studio Universal Pictures
Distributor Universal Pictures
Main Cast
Character Actor
Lionel Evans Charlton Heston
Gen. Schiller Maximilian Schell
Victor Rice Leslie Nielsen
Col. Arndt Anton Diffring
Captain Klingerman Curt Lowens

Counterpoint is a 1968 drama starring Charlton Heston, directed by Ralph Nelson (The Wilby Conspiracy). Lionel Evans (Heston) is a conductor whose orchestra is captured by the Nazis during a counterattack in Belgium following the Ardennes offensive. Brigadier General Schiller (Maximilian Schell) is a big fan of Evans' work and attempts to force him to perform a special concert just for him or risk execution. Evans grapples with whether to give in to Schiller or not.


As in most World War II films, the MP40 is the most commonly seen firearm in the hands of the German forces. During the finale, Evans, Victor Rice (Leslie Nielsen) as well as Schiller's second in command Colonel Arndt (Anton Diffring) wield MP40s. The one used by Evans has two magazines taped together "jungle" style.

MP40 - 9x19mm
A German ski patrol led by Lieutenant Heiser (Horst Ebersberg) captures the orchestra.
Arndt's men with their MP40s in the castle courtyard.
Evans (Charlton Heston) firing an MP40 with dual magazines during the climax.
Evans yells for Rice to get everyone to safety.
Evans resumes firing at the Nazis.

Luger P08

Colonel Arndt (Anton Diffring) carries a Luger P08 as his sidearm. Schiller himself also briefly uses one during the climax to kill Arndt in order to save Evans.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm
Arndt fires his Luger in the air to make the arguing musicians shut up.
Arndt threatens Long (Linden Chiles) with his Luger.
Arndt holds his Luger on Lionel Evans (Charlton Heston) in a publicity still.


Victor Rice (Leslie Nielsen) briefly uses an M1911 during the final shootout.

World War II issued Colt M1911A1 Pistol - .45 ACP
Rice fires his M1911 from the back of the bus.

Karabiner 98k

German soldiers also carry Karabiner 98k rifles.

Karabiner 98k - 7.92x57mm Mauser. Manufactured in Germany, 1937.
A Karabiner 98k is seen at the background center.

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