MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 17,754 this week

The Search (1948)

Passed  -  Drama | War  -  26 March 1948 (USA)
7.9
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.9/10 from 2,302 users  
Reviews: 56 user | 14 critic

In the Post-War Berlin, an American private helps a lost Czech boy to find his mother.

Director:

Writers:

(screen play), (collaborator: on screen play), 5 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 30 titles
created 19 Jun 2011
 
a list of 32 titles
created 14 Jul 2012
 
a list of 25 titles
created 19 Mar 2013
 
a list of 30 titles
created 5 months ago
 
a list of 45 titles
created 3 months ago
 

Search for "The Search" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Search (1948)

The Search (1948) on IMDb 7.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Search.
Won 1 Oscar. Another 7 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

1900 (1976)
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Set in Italy, the film follows the lives and interactions of two boys/men, one born a bastard of peasant stock (Depardieu), the other born to a land owner (de Niro). The drama spans from ... See full summary »

Director: Bernardo Bertolucci
Stars: Robert De Niro, Gérard Depardieu, Dominique Sanda
Documentary | Biography | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Ross McElwee sets out to make a documentary about the lingering effects of General Sherman's march of destruction through the South during the Civil War, but is continually sidetracked by ... See full summary »

Director: Ross McElwee
Stars: Ross McElwee, Dede McElwee, Ross McElwee Jr.
Certificate: Passed Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

In Nazi Germany in 1936 seven men escape from a concentration camp. The camp commander puts up seven crosses and, as the Gestapo returns each escapee he is put to death on a cross. The ... See full summary »

Director: Fred Zinnemann
Stars: Spencer Tracy, Signe Hasso, Hume Cronyn
Certificate: Passed Thriller | Film-Noir | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

An embittered, vengeful POW stalks his former commanding officer who betrayed his men's planned escape attempt from a Nazi prison camp..

Director: Fred Zinnemann
Stars: Van Heflin, Robert Ryan, Janet Leigh
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A professional assassin codenamed "Jackal" plots to kill Charles de Gaulle, the President of France.

Director: Fred Zinnemann
Stars: Edward Fox, Terence Alexander, Michel Auclair
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A lonely widowed housewife does her daily chores, takes care of her apartment where she lives with her teenage son, and turns the occasional trick to make ends meet. However, something happens that changes her safe routine.

Director: Chantal Akerman
Stars: Delphine Seyrig, Jan Decorte, Henri Storck
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

In a remote 19th Danish century village two sister lead a rigid life centered around their father, the local minister, and their church. Both had opportunities to leave the village: one ... See full summary »

Director: Gabriel Axel
Stars: Stéphane Audran, Bodil Kjer, Birgitte Federspiel
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A poor boy gets a job working for his rich uncle and ends up falling in love with two women.

Director: George Stevens
Stars: Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor, Shelley Winters
Drama | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Takes place in a chateau, an ambiguous story of a man and a woman who may or may not have met last year at Marienbad.

Director: Alain Resnais
Stars: Delphine Seyrig, Giorgio Albertazzi, Sacha Pitoëff
Le Boucher (1970)
Certificate: GP Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

An unlikely friendship between a dour, working class butcher and a repressed schoolteacher coincides with a grisly series of Ripper-type murders in a provincial French town.

Director: Claude Chabrol
Stars: Stéphane Audran, Jean Yanne, Antonio Passalia
Stolen Kisses (1968)
Drama | Romance | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Antoine Doinel joined the army but has just been discharged. The film tells his reunion with Christine Darbon, the girl he was in love with before the beginning of the film, and his ... See full summary »

Director: François Truffaut
Stars: Jean-Pierre Léaud, Claude Jade, Delphine Seyrig
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

First feature film from director Fred Zinneman is a snappy little "B" feature that features Van Heflin as the head of a city crime lab who solves the murder of the town mayor by analyzing ... See full summary »

Director: Fred Zinnemann
Stars: Van Heflin, Marsha Hunt, Lee Bowman
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Aline MacMahon ...
...
Jarmila Novotna ...
Mary Patton ...
Ewart G. Morrison ...
Mr. Crookes
William Rogers ...
Tom Fisher
Ivan Jandl ...
Leopold Borkowski ...
Joel Makowsky
Claude Gambier ...
Raoul Dubois
Edit

Storyline

A silent nine-year-old Czech boy, a survivor of Auschwitz, flees a refugee center in postwar Germany and is found by an American G.I. At the same time, the boy's mother, the sole surviving member of his family, searches refugee centers for her son. Time, distance, and the massive numbers of refugee children are factors hampering the reunion of mother and son. Written by Martin H. Booda <booda@datasync.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

| | | | |

Release Date:

26 March 1948 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Search  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Montgomery Clift first appears 36 minutes into the movie. See more »

Goofs

During the dinner party, Karel (now known as Jim) gets angry with Steve and runs away. He runs out the door, and as the door closes behind him, the moving shadow of a cameraman can clearly be seen against the field of the door. See more »

Quotes

[Steve is teaching a young boy, whose name he does not know but has coined Jim, to speak English]
Ralph 'Steve' Stevenson: [to Jim] You have no idea how useful it's going to be for you to know English. You can go where ever you like. Everybody knows what 'OK' means. You can use English all over the world. Not, not just America: Canada, Africa, Australia, India. Even in England, they understand English... well, sort of.
See more »

Connections

References Bambi (1942) See more »

Soundtracks

Jewish Song
(uncredited)
Lyricist unknown
Sung by the Jewish children to the tune of "Battle Hymn of the Republic" (ca 1856)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
My all time favorite
12 August 2001 | by (NH) – See all my reviews

I first saw this film when it was released in 1948. I was a teenager. At that time, in my limited experience, it was the best film I had ever seen. These many decades later I have seen as many films as a devoted movie buff can see; even doing a stint as an usher!

"The Search" remains the best film I have ever seen.


17 of 22 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Wrong about the fate of the young actor mikeklondyke
The Search on TCM Davidd2152
How does it end? wide_eyed15
Available on dvd... kafka1928
DVD on amazon jerry-at-theZoo
Clift Character's Shoulder Patch Off Center maxinmin
Discuss The Search (1948) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?