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27 out of 30 people found the following review useful:
I saw it when I was 8, 11 March 2004
Author: marcosaguado from Los Angeles, USA
I saw it when I was 8 years old, I'm almost 40 now and I always remember this movie. Catholic nuns in France, hiding Jewish children in their convent during the occupation. Lilli Palmer, I remember her face vividly. There must be a reason, but I can't find a copy of that film, not even on video. Maybe, I should keep the memory as it is, rather than jeopardizing it by seeing again, today. I couldn't sleep after I saw it. I think I lived that film. It happened to me another time, when I was around the same age. A Spanish movie, MARCELINO PAN Y VINO. Strangely enough, both films have religious roots and take place within the walls of convents and monasteries. I wonder what that means.
24 out of 26 people found the following review useful:
A worthwhile film that made a lasting impression., 2 March 2004
Author: Richard Rohrer (donriccardo) from Cary, North Carolina
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
I saw this film when I was young, and I have never forgotten it. There are certain scenes of compassion and courage that have been with me ever since. The decision to do the right thing in spite of the consequences is upheld in the portrayal of the nuns, the priest, the rabbi and even the soldiers ordered to shoot the nuns. The lesson that to be good and godly means to personally involve oneself in direct,compassionate intervention on behalf of those in need is clearly shown and lauded, as is the truth that love and compassion can know no ethnic nor religious boundaries. It is a good movie, especially for the young. I would hope that it could be made available for purchase.
20 out of 21 people found the following review useful:
Too bad this is not on VHS, 2 March 2002
Author: gelashe from New York City
I saw this movie as a little girl with my mom. I was too young to
understand or appreciate it. I got the opportunity to see it in my
twenties and never forgot it. The last time it was shown, I taped it
and have never seen it on T. V. again.
The courtyard scene at the end is what I remember most. Other memorable scenes are: the nuns hiding the children at the bottom of the farmer's wheelbarrel while a Nazi officer stabs a pitchfork into it to make sure it is really garbage underneath, the German nun who was angry at hiding the children at the beginning, later winds up saving one of them by hiding her under her habit and the beginning of the film when the nuns asked a little girl her name, and she replies "Jew Dog". She said she had been called that so many times by the Germans that she forgot her real name, and at Yom Kippur when the children read the names of their families who are all dead. This is a wonderful movie. It is a shame it is not available on video or shown on cable.
Lily Palmer as the Mother Superior is outstanding especially noting her beauty.
15 out of 15 people found the following review useful:
A greatly underrated Movie, 13 April 2006
Author: bobmorgslu from Berkshire United Kingdom
I first saw this movie in 1960 when I was 10 and was taken to see it
with my mother on our weekly Monday night visit to the Cinema. I didn't
go out of choice, It was just for me and my mother to get out of my
Fathers way so he could get on with jobs about the house. I can't
remember many films that I saw at that time but this was one of the few
that stuck in my mind. I suppose it was that I could identify with the
Children as they were about my age and that it was about the war. Those
of us born in the 40's and 50's grew up with stories about the war. It
was certainly a topic for discussion I'm our household as my Father had
been a radio operator in the RAF from 1939 onwards.
I can remember being deeply moved and disturbed by it even at that young age especially at the climatic ending. Since then I have seen it on TV as it occasionally pops up on UK TV often in the afternoons. The last time it appeared about 18 months ago I took the opportunity to record it on Video. I watch it when I need to renew my faith in mankind as it proves that even in the darkest times, there are people who will risk all for others and their beliefs and that goodness eventually triumphs over evil.
10 out of 10 people found the following review useful:
Saw this on Sky today, brought back memories, 26 May 2004
Author: philphoto from Perthshire
My Mother took me to see this film at the Lowestoft Odeon around 1960 (I was 8) . Why I remember it is that the Cinema Manager told my Mother that the film was on its first screening in the UK even before London (dunno why) and there would be a surprise after the film. The surprise was the Actor Ronald Lewis who came on stage . Unfortunately some of the audience hissed him which put him off a little-he said 'Im one of the Good Guys' or words to that effect but then gave us an interesting talk about making the film. I didn't understand the movie at the time really but seeing it this afternoon was the first time since then. The film showed the Italian troops in a good, professional light when our Dads at the time told us that they had 'chased them all over North Africa'
8 out of 8 people found the following review useful:
Watch This Film, 25 May 2006
Author: Feckart from Coleraine, N.Ireland
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.
7 out of 7 people found the following review useful:
A Great Movie, 22 March 2006
Author: mterr53851 (firstname.lastname@example.org) from Weatherford, Texas
I saw this movie when it first came out..as a ten year old it grabbed me because of my deep abiding respect for the Nuns . I went to a Catholic school in 1961 with a much better view of what the Sisters stood for...this is a great movie and yes it is too bad it's not on VHS or DVD ..and I don't know why no-one in the movie business is not pushing the issue to put this movie on tape for public distribution...the same goes with "Something is Out There" another great made for TV movie..and a few other made for TV movies...come on Movie industry wake up and fly right the "BUYING" public is out here waiting!!! Can ya hear the Thunder??
9 out of 11 people found the following review useful:
My brief review of the film, 18 January 2005
Author: sol- from Perth, Australia
An appropriately solemn and always very compelling Holocaust era film, it is quite competently acted, especially by the child actors and actresses, who give off realistic and believable performances. In particular, Rebecca Dignam stands out as a child who the nuns take a special liking to. The plot line sounds rather ordinary but it works well, providing a fine and interesting tale. The film is, however, a bit too melodramatic, and on top of that it ends unrealistically. But for what it is, it is very good. Based on a story by Adrian Scott, it went credited to Dale Pitt due to blacklisting, but either way Robert Presnell Jr.'s screenplay is generally fine.
7 out of 8 people found the following review useful:
Anne Frank's "In spite of everything" quote is given validity here, 11 September 1999
Author: Phlicker from Florida
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Because, as this movie shows, people ARE good.
I saw it when I was only ten, and to all intents and purposes, "Conspiracy of Hearts" seems to have vanished from the surface of the earth.
One scene sticks in my mind after all these years. One of the newly arrived Jewish refugees (a girl) is given bread to eat. "You can't eat that," a boy from elsewhere warns her. The nuns protest that there is nothing wrong with the bread. The girl takes a bite and is chewing it when the boy whispers in her ear. We see the girl's mouth open, and the partially chewed bread is expelled. Why?
POSSIBLE SPOILER (not of the movie -- just of the scene)
What the boy has told her is: "It's Yom Kippur."
The movie was quite suspenseful and very involving. If you ever get the chance to see "Conspiracy of Hearts," by all means jump at it.
7 out of 9 people found the following review useful:
Please! Please!! can you release this film on DVD or VCD, 25 May 2006
Author: inspire_wisdom from United Kingdom
Please can this beautiful film regarding Christian suffering and the understanding of standing for principles of truth be re-released on DVD. Even though I am not a Catholic Christian, but of another part of the family of Christ, I attended a Catholic school and I just feel this a really beautiful film.May God Bless all those Christians that risked their lives to save Jews and the weak in Nazi Occupied Europe. I feel these kind of films must be shown to an ignorant generation of people that have forgotten the horrors of World War 2. The wish of those that gave their lives in World War 2 for freedom and peace is that "We don't forget".Even if we look at the World now there is still genocide still taking place against vulnerable people just because they are different or speak different.
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