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The Heart of the Matter (1953)

Approved | | Drama | 8 February 1954 (USA)
An unhappily married British security officer stationed in Sierra Leone during WWII falls in love with a young German woman and starts an affair. He soon starts feeling guilty.

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Nominated for 4 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »
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An unhappily married British security officer stationed in Sierra Leone during WWII falls in love with a young German woman and starts an affair. He soon starts feeling guilty.

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africa | based on novel | See All (2) »

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The instant...when a man must choose! Which woman? Which code? Which life?

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Das Herz aller Dinge  »

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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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Referenced in Providence: The Heart of the Matter (2002) See more »

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Moving and thoughtful.
21 February 2003 | by (Wethersfield, CT) – See all my reviews

Trevor Howard makes the dilemmas facing his character unforgettable. I saw this movie decades ago, and there are scenes - some sensational, some very quiet - that still haunt me. I hope I have the chance to see the movie again - I'd like to share it with my daughter and discuss the theological issues raised with her - and of course, celebrate Howard's marvelous acting.


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