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Mother Superior ('Mother Auxilia')
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Major John 'Twingo' McPhimister
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Audrey Quail
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Olga Alexandrova / Maria Buhlen
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Colonel Piniev
Francis L. Sullivan ...
Colonel Humphrey 'Blinker' Omicron
Melville Cooper ...
Private David Moonlight
Robert Coote ...
Brigadier C.M.V. Catlock
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The General
Roman Toporow ...
2nd Lt. Maxim Omansky
Kasia Orzazewski ...
Sister Kasmira
Tamara Shayne ...
Helena Nagard
Konstantin Shayne ...
Professor Serge Bruloff
Janine Perreau ...
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Shortly after the end of World War II, British Colonel Michael 'Hooky' Nicobar is assigned to a unit in the British Zone of Vienna. His duty is to aid the Soviet authorities to repatriate citizens of the Soviet Union, many of whom prefer not to return to their home country. Billeted in the convent run by Mother Auxilia, Nicobar, and his military aides Major John 'Twingo' McPhimister and Audrey Quail, become involved in the plight of a young ballerina who is trying to avoid being returned to Moscow. Nicobar's sense of duty is tested as he sees first hand the plight of the people he is helping return to the Soviet Union; his lack of religious faith is also shaken by his contact with the Mother Superior. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Beautiful Maria...the four lives that touched hers were never the same again!

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Drama | Romance | War

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14 October 1949 (USA)  »

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The Case of Maria Buhlen  »

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$1,961,000 (estimated)
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In early 1947, Irene Dunne, Spencer Tracy Robert Taylor and Cyd Charisse were set to star. See more »

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Col. Michael S. 'Hooky' Nicobar: How do you like Vienna, Colonel?
Colonel Piniev: Oh, very much. But I
[laughs]
Colonel Piniev: like home better.
Col. Michael S. 'Hooky' Nicobar: Ah, yes. So do I.
Colonel Piniev: But... we have job to do here. Right?
Col. Michael S. 'Hooky' Nicobar: Yes, we're here to help get this country back on its feet.
Colonel Piniev: Both our nations will be making mistakes with each other.
Col. Michael S. 'Hooky' Nicobar: Yes, but perhaps with a little understanding and self-sacrifice we can learn to work together for the peace of the world.
Colonel Piniev: I ask you to believe that the people of my country are wanting peace as much as yours.
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References Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) See more »

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An der schönen, blauen Donau, Op. 314 (On the Beautiful Blue Danube)
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Music by Johann Strauss
Played at the beginning of the Vienna segment
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Strange to call this solid film controversial with what is known now
8 September 2004 | by (Alexandria, VA) – See all my reviews

A solid film, which it is strange to see people calling controversial, since one would think that there would be little doubt any more about the nature of Soviet Communism, and the horrors perpetrated by Stalin. The cruelty of the allies turning over innocent expatriates to the Gulag and worse is rather convincingly portrayed. The moral dilemmas are decently examined, there are outbreaks of actual Christian faith and, of course there is a love story, because western audiences could hardly handle a movie without one. Barrymore is pungent, Leigh is beautiful, Lawford is sentimental, and Pigeon is as stiff as you could want a Brit to be. And Angela Lansbury makes a charming supportive appearance. Not a great movie, but a reasonably honest one which has nothing to do with McCarthyism and is definitely worth a viewing.


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