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The Heart of the Matter (1953)

Approved  |   |  Drama  |  8 February 1954 (USA)
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An unhappily married white policeman in Sierra Leone falls in love with a white girl and starts an affair. He soon starts feeling guilty.

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An unhappily married white policeman in Sierra Leone falls in love with a white girl and starts an affair. He soon starts feeling guilty.

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The novel from which the film is adapted, drew upon author Graham Greene's wartime experiences in Sierra Leone, where he was employed by Britain's Secret Intelligence Service (MI6). See more »

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an excellent film and good remake of Greene's novel
26 July 2000 | by (Dundas, Ontario) – See all my reviews

A fairly good remake of the Graham Greene novel. Though the ending is different from the novel, the tragic theme is prevalent throughout the film. Trevor Howard brings out Scobie's inner torment credibly - as the principled police officer scared of the misery around him. The colonial aspects of the time period are handled well, you can almost feel the heat and humidity and the occasional fevers that rack the body. This combined with good acting, flesh out the Greene novel faithfully. A terrific movie about the machinations of the human conscience, and what it can lead to.


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