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The Captive Heart (1946)

Approved | | War, Drama | 29 April 1946 (UK)
In 1940, a concentration-camp escapee assumes the identity of a dead British officer, only to become a prisoner of war.

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Frederick Leister ...
Mr. Mowbray
Mervyn Johns ...
Pte. Evans
Rachel Thomas ...
Mrs. Evans
Jack Warner ...
Cpl. Horsfall
Gladys Henson ...
Mrs. Horsfall
James Harcourt ...
Doctor
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Lieut. Lennox
Elliott Mason ...
Mrs. Lennox (as Elliot Mason)
Margot Fitzsimons ...
Elspeth McDougall
David Keir ...
Mr. McDougall
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Lieut.Harley
Jane Barrett ...
Caroline Harley
Meriel Forbes ...
Beryl Curtiss
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After the evacuation at Dunkirk, June 1940, some thousands of British prisoners are sent to German P.O.W. camps. One such group includes "Capt. Geoffrey Mitchell," a concentration-camp escapee who assumed the identity of a dead British officer. To avoid exposure, "Mitchell" must correspond with the dead man's estranged wife Celia. But eventual exposure seems certain, and the men must find a way to get him out. If he reaches England, though, what will his reception be? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Would you forge love letters to save your life?

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War | Drama

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Corazón cautivo  »

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Some of the actors, including Derek Bond and Sam Kydd, had actually been POWs during World War II. See more »

Goofs

Capt. Hasek states that he escaped from Dachau. Nobody ever successfully escaped from this concentration camp, except Hans Beimer in 1933. See more »

Quotes

Capt. Karel Hasek, alias Geoffrey Mitchell: [writing a letter to Celia in November of 1942] "Our third winter is approaching, bringing with it a new enemy. It is not the duration but the indefiniteness of duration. For if a man knew the length of his sentence, he could plan accordingly. Afterwards in our memories, we shall relive only the sunny days. The pleasant scenes. The freedom of mind, and the comradeship. We shall forget the wet days... the wet weeks... Those days when it seemed an effort to do nothing and our bunks were the only ...
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Bless 'em All
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Written by Fred Godfrey, Frank Lake and Jimmy Hughes
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A broad and evolving photo montage of stories about British Soldiers in a German POW camp
25 November 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The movie is a broad photo montage of several stories--from one setting--of British soldiers who were captured early in WWII (1941) and placed in a German POW camp. Is depicts what happens to them and their loved ones, back home, as they are separated by time and space.

How do the relationships change?

How do they remain the same?

What holds them together or drives them apart?

Four years can be like a lifetime to those it affects.

This is no Stalag 17 or Hogan's Heroes-type movie. I found the movie to be very engaging and enjoyable, even as half of a long-range relationship undergoes very big changes. Changes can range anywhere from physical disability, to "Dear John" letters, to birth and/or death. The relationship often—usually—depend on letters and photos back and forth.


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