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Conspiracy of Hearts (1960)

Catholic nuns risk their lives to help Jewish children in an Italian internment camp escape to Palestine during World War II.

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Mother Katharine
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Sister Mitya
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Sister Gerta
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Major Spoletti
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Colonel Horsten
Peter Arne ...
Lt. Schmidt
Nora Swinburne ...
Sister Tia
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Father Desmaines
Megs Jenkins ...
Sister Constance
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The Rabbi
Jenny Laird ...
Sister Honoria
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Petrelli
Phyllis Neilson-Terry ...
Sister Elisaveta
Rebecca Dignam ...
Anna
Joseph Cuby ...
Joseph
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Storyline

In wartime Italy nuns in a convent regularly smuggle Jewish children out of a nearby internment camp. The Italian army officer in charge suspects what may be going on but deliberately turns a blind eye. When the Germans take over the camp security the nuns' activities become far more dangerous. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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nun | jewish | children | convent | italy | See All (20) »

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Here is One of the Most Shocking Dramas Ever Dared-Rippng at Your Emotions Like No Other Motion Picture! See more »

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Drama | War

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7 April 1960 (USA)  »

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Conspiração de corações  »

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The credit 'Original Material' for the story is fronted by Dale Pitt as the actual author, Adrian Scott, was blacklisted as one of the original Hollywood Ten imprisoned for refusing to testify before the House Unamerican Activities Committee. See more »

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Throughout the scenes in which they appear, most of the nuns are wearing make-up. This would be most unlikely for nuns. See more »

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German Soldier: Mother of God: I've killed a nun!
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Featured in Film Profile: Betty Box and Ralph Thomas (1961) See more »

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Destruction by Fire
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Music by Charles Williams
Chappell Recorded Music Library
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25 May 2006 | by (Coleraine, N.Ireland) – See all my reviews

I worry that at some time in the not too distant future the extent of the evil perpetrated during the 1930s and 40s will be forgotten. Watch this film and remind yourself that unless all good people stand strong, every day and every hour, these sort of events will keep happening, over and over again.

In this shocking (certainly for 1960), depressing, heart-breaking, uplifting and surprisingly honest movie, we see that it is only through individuals taking personal responsibility for their actions that we can have any hope of building a world fit for our children.

When I see films like this, and read the positive response from reviewers on IMDb, I still have some hope for the future.


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