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The Search (1948)

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

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

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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 »

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[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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Vltava (Moldau)
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Music by Bedrich Smetana
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From the sentimental side of WWII
11 March 2006 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Montgomery Clift makes his film debut here, playing an American soldier in postwar Germany who takes in a young Czech boy apparently left orphaned in the wake of the Nazi takeover, unaware the youngster's mother is still alive and is combing all the Location Centers hoping to be reunited with her child. Yes, it's sentimental, but it isn't cloying; the film's tone is balanced with several hard-hitting emotional moments and beautifully eerie black-and-white cinematography (filmed on location in U.S. Occupied Germany). A bit pedantic and overwritten, especially near the climax, but it may be useful as a tentative introduction to young people of this turbulent time in history. Clift, gaunt and somewhat green, is indeed likable and shows fine timing in his scenes with Ivan Jandl, a natural who won a Golden Globe and a Special Oscar for Outstanding Juvenile Performance. The original story also copped a statue.


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