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The Search (1948)

Passed | | Drama, War | 26 March 1948 (USA)
In the Post-War Berlin, an American private helps a lost Czech boy to find his mother.

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »
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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>

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Trivia

Ben Mankiewicz on TCM indicated that Ivan Jandl spoke no English at the time this film was made and that his English dialogue was phonetically memorized. See more »

Goofs

On Clift's right shoulder he wears the patch of the 102nd infantry division, but it is sewed on incorrectly. It is turned about 90 degrees from the correct position. 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.
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Featured in Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

'S Wonderful
(1927) (uncredited)
Music by George Gershwin
Played on a radio
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Extremely Moving Near-Epic
12 April 2004 | by (Santa Susana, Portugal) – See all my reviews

I first saw this film when I was 16. My country(Portugal)having escaped he horrors and devastation of WWII but not the ravages of long-enduring fascism, I immediately related to all the main characters in it - particularly the little boy in search of his mother. I think it is also one of the finest (and earliest) of Montgomery Clift's performances. A bit of an unknown gem nowadays. If you get the chance to watch it, catch it - some may think it too sentimental, but it's more than worth the effortlessness of seeing it. For the Pity of War alone...(Wilfred Owen dixit - WWI)


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