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Release Date:
5 May 1953 (USA) See more »
Hans Muller is a Jewish refugee from Germany. Relocating to Israel after World War II, he can not overcome the psychological effects of the war... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Despite having its heart in the right place, this film could have used a re-write. See more (16 total) »


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Kirk Douglas ... Hans Muller
Milly Vitale ... Ya'El

Paul Stewart ... Detective Karni
Joseph Walsh ... Yehoshua Bresler (as Joey Walsh)
Alf Kjellin ... Daniel

Beverly Washburn ... Susy

Charles Lane ... Rosenberg

John Banner ... Emile Halevy
Richard Benedict ... Police Officer Kogan
Oskar Karlweis ... Willy Schmidt
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ralph Moody ... Mukhtar (scenes deleted)
Marlene Aames ... Hannah (uncredited)
Victor Adamson ... Refugee (uncredited)
Jay Adler ... Papa Sander - Susy's Father (uncredited)
Leon Alton ... Bus Driver (uncredited)
Hannelore Axman ... Telephone Girl (uncredited)
Walter Bacon ... Audience Member (uncredited)
John Bleifer ... Mordecai (uncredited)
Robert Boon ... Samuel (uncredited)
Donna Jo Boyce ... Daughter (uncredited)
Gabriel Curtiz ... Doctor in Hospital (uncredited)
Al Eben ... Policeman (uncredited)
Gregory Gaye ... Harry (uncredited)
Greta Granstedt ... Carah (uncredited)
Eloise Hardt ... (uncredited)
Carol Heath ... Daughter (uncredited)
Teddy Infuhr ... School Boy (uncredited)
Ted Jordan ... Police Official (uncredited)
Dave Kashner ... (uncredited)
Richard LaMarr ... (uncredited)
Jack Mannick ... Tower Man (uncredited)
Michael Mark ... Old Man Showing Photo of His Son (uncredited)
John Maxwell ... Registration Official at Haifa (uncredited)
Shepard Menken ... Dr. Traube (uncredited)
Esther Michelson ... Woman on Bus (uncredited)
Mort Mills ... Policeman (uncredited)
Leo Mostovoy ... Old Man in Barracks 9 (uncredited)
Kasia Orzazewski ... Grandma (uncredited)
Lester Sharpe ... Refugee Arriving at Haifa by Bus (uncredited)
Paul Stathes ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Lia Thomas ... Shirah (uncredited)
Carlo Tricoli ... Old Man in Barracks 9 (uncredited)
Greta Ullmann ... (uncredited)
Ernö Verebes ... Official (uncredited)
Kaaren Verne ... Woman Mistaken for Hans' Wife (uncredited)
Harlan Warde ... Police Official (uncredited)
Blackie Whiteford ... Refugee (uncredited)

Directed by
Edward Dmytryk 
Writing credits
Michael Blankfort (novel)

Michael Blankfort (screenplay)

Produced by
Michael Blankfort .... associate producer
Stanley Kramer .... producer
Original Music by
George Antheil 
Cinematography by
J. Roy Hunt  (as Roy Hunt)
Film Editing by
Harry W. Gerstad 
Aaron Stell 
Production Design by
Rudolph Sternad 
Art Direction by
Robert Peterson 
Set Decoration by
Frank Tuttle 
Production Management
Clem Beauchamp .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Carter De Haven Jr. .... assistant director
Irving J. Moore .... assistant director
Milton Feldman .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Ferdinand Carerre .... sketch artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Lodge Cunningham .... sound engineer
Camera and Electrical Department
Irving Lippman .... still photographer (uncredited)
Music Department
Arthur Morton .... orchestrator
Morris Stoloff .... musical director
Other crew
David Anderman .... technical advisor
Richard Benedict .... dialogue director (uncredited)
Frances McDowell .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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84 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:14 (original rating) | Sweden:15 | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #16277) | West Germany:12 (f)
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6 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Despite having its heart in the right place, this film could have used a re-write., 28 May 2008
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

This is a film that seems very sincere in wanting to tell an interesting story from a man horribly damaged by the Holocaust, but unfortunately the film had a lot of problems with the plot and casting that interfered with it becoming a better and more memorable film.

Kirk Douglas was cast as a German-Jew who has just immigrated to Israel in 1949. Since WWII, we don't know what he's done or where he's been, but he was horribly abused in a concentration camp, so it isn't at all surprising he is emotionally fragile and suffers from a classic case of Post-traumatic Stress Syndrome. In some ways, Kirk was an excellent choice--he's Jewish and did amazingly well in his juggling routines. However, having him play a German named "Hans Muller" was silly, as he acted about as German as Mickey Mouse. Everyone but Kirk had a strong accent in the film--Kirk sounded like an American. Also, while I love his films, Mr. Douglas is NOT one of the more subtle actors in history and a few of his scenes where he struggles with the effects of PTSD were overdone--and were almost silly. And that is NOT something you want in a serious film about a very serious topic.

Aside from this casting problem (why didn't they just have Kirk play a man who was originally an American and he was living in Europe?), the other smaller problem about the film is that, at times, it tried a little too hard. Scenes from the kibbutz seemed a tad over-idealistic and lacked realism from time to time.

However, despite these serious flaws, the film still was engaging and had one of the earliest and best portrayals of PTSD on film. It's well worth seeing for mental health professionals and people interested in the early history of Israel, but others might find it tough sailing. An earnest and sincere failure that is still a decent time-passer.

My advice? See some other films about the Holocaust first--save this one for later if you are so inclined. Some great films about this era you might want to first watch are THE SHOP ON MAIN STREET (from Czechoslovakia), THE SEARCH, SCHINDLER'S LIST, LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL and the TV mega-miniseries, WAR AND REMEMBRANCE. For early Israeli history (post-1948), try EXODUS--it's not perfect but is still far better than this film.

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