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The Long Memory (1953)

Approved | | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller | 4 April 1953 (Sweden)
A man seeks revenge but will he destroy himself in the process? After a long jail term for a crime he did not commit, a man is torn between revenge (which will probably destroy him) or ... See full summary »

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Phillip Davidson
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Supt. Bob Lowther
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Fay Lowther
Eva Bergh ...
Ilse
Geoffrey Keen ...
Craig
Michael Martin Harvey ...
Jackson (as Michael Martin-Harvey)
John Chandos ...
Boyd
John Slater ...
Pewsey
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Mrs. Pewsey
Vida Hope ...
Alice Gedge
Harold Lang ...
Boyd's Chauffeur
Mary Mackenzie ...
Gladys
John Glyn-Jones ...
Gedge
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Bletchley
Fred Johnson ...
Driver
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A man seeks revenge but will he destroy himself in the process? After a long jail term for a crime he did not commit, a man is torn between revenge (which will probably destroy him) or making a new life for himself. Written by Neil-117

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Film debut of Denis Shaw. See more »

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Ilse: It is not justice we need. Not anything as big as that. Just the right to exist, without being hurt, without doing hurt.
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An outsider film with bags of atmosphere
14 March 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

John Mills tracks down the real culprit of the murder he was sent to jail for in this tense British drama of exile and return. The real murderer is now a comfortable businessman, and the visual contrasts between his dubious offices in the London docks and Mills' derelict boat far out on the river estuary gives a resonance to the film it would be hard to find in a modern setting. Freed from jail but still imprisoned by the past, Mills' character spurns the touching companionship of another refugee on the Kent marshes (Eva Bergh) about whose past we know nothing, but it seems to be destiny that has brought them together. This is one of the few films that resolves a labyrinthine revenge-story without the plot becoming mechanical, and the bleak monochrome visuals are part of its emotional power.


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