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The Hasty Heart (1949)

 -  Drama | War  -  2 December 1949 (USA)
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It's 1945, Burma, the day the war is over! For many this means they've survived and will be going home. But not for everyone. A Scottish soldier, Corporal Lachlan "Lachie" MacLachlan is the... See full summary »

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Sister Margaret Parker
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Cpl. Lachlan 'Lachie' MacLachlan - the Scot
Anthony Nicholls ...
Lieutenant Colonel Dunn
Howard Marion-Crawford ...
Tommy - the Englishman (as Howard Crawford)
Ralph Michael ...
Kiwi - the New Zealander
John Sherman ...
Digger - the Australian
Alfie Bass ...
Orderly (as Alfred Bass)
Orlando Martins ...
Blossom - the African
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It's 1945, Burma, the day the war is over! For many this means they've survived and will be going home. But not for everyone. A Scottish soldier, Corporal Lachlan "Lachie" MacLachlan is the victim of a wound to the lower back on this day. He's moved to a M.A.S.H. unit and undergoes surgery. As time goes by he begins to recover and watches, in dismay as soldiers pack up and head for home. The doctors have told him he needs to remain "for observation". The Colonel takes Sister Parker, the unit head nurse, into his confidence and tells her that the real reason Cpl. MacLachlan can't go home is because the wound he sustained destroyed one of his kidneys and the other one is defective and will shut down in three to four weeks. He asks her to put Lachlan up with some other soldiers she has waiting to go home so that he can spend his last days with friends. But Cpl. MacLachlan wants nothing to do with friends and prefers his own privacy to "idle chat". He's a hard nut to crack and their work ... Written by McGinty <McGinty@aol.com>

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Director Vincent Sherman had settled on using Gordon Jackson for he role of Lachie when he spotted Richard Todd in the studio bar and reacast the role, which earned Todd an Oscar nomination. See more »

Quotes

[Referring to Lachie's bagpipe playing]
Yank: Somebody give him asthma.
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26 February 1999 | by (brookline mass) – See all my reviews

The Hasty Heart is one of the finest and most sensetive films ever made. Ronald Reagan gives his best acting performance and this story should bring a tear to the most cynical eyes. It is a story about a man with a terminal illness and his battle with self pity. As sad as it is, it is a celebration nevertheless, of the human condition. Its about real people and real feelings, not some hyped up special effects extravaganza of all prop and no plot. Although the film is not religious, per se, and does not mention God, it is a spiritual film, a gut wrenching exercise of the soul.


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