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The Captive Heart (1946)

Approved | | War, Drama | 29 April 1946 (UK)
In 1940, a concentration-camp escapee assumes the identity of a dead British officer, only to become a prisoner of war.

Director:

Basil Dearden

Writers:

Angus MacPhail (screenplay), Guy Morgan (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Redgrave ... Capt. Karel Hasek
Rachel Kempson ... Celia Mitchell
Frederick Leister Frederick Leister ... Mr. Mowbray
Mervyn Johns ... Pte. Evans
Rachel Thomas Rachel Thomas ... Mrs. Evans
Jack Warner ... Cpl. Horsfall
Gladys Henson Gladys Henson ... Mrs. Horsfall
James Harcourt James Harcourt ... Doctor
Gordon Jackson ... Lieut. Lennox
Elliott Mason Elliott Mason ... Mrs. Lennox (as Elliot Mason)
Margot Fitzsimons Margot Fitzsimons ... Elspeth McDougall
David Keir David Keir ... Mr. McDougall
Derek Bond ... Lieut.Harley
Jane Barrett Jane Barrett ... Caroline Harley
Meriel Forbes Meriel Forbes ... Beryl Curtiss
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Storyline

After the evacuation at Dunkirk, June 1940, some thousands of British prisoners are sent to German P.O.W. camps. One such group includes "Capt. Geoffrey Mitchell," a concentration-camp escapee who assumed the identity of a dead British officer. To avoid exposure, "Mitchell" must correspond with the dead man's estranged wife Celia. But eventual exposure seems certain, and the men must find a way to get him out. If he reaches England, though, what will his reception be? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Would you forge love letters to save your life?

Genres:

War | Drama

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

29 April 1946 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Corazón cautivo See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Ealing Studios See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Some of the actors, including Derek Bond and Sam Kydd, had actually been POWs during World War II. See more »

Goofs

(at around 7 mins) The column of marching POWs (presumably this is 1940) are passed by a group of what are supposed to be Tiger tanks. The Tiger tank did not appear until 1942. See more »

Quotes

Cpl. Ted Horsfall: [watches as Evans begins planting his vegetable garden in the spring of 1944] Trying leeks again this year?
Pvt. Don Evans: I was thinking of trying some asparagus.
Cpl. Ted Horsfall: Asparagus? That takes seven years, Don.
Pvt. Don Evans: [sadly] Aye.
Cpl. Ted Horsfall: [referring to the war] I don't give it more than another year, meself.
Pvt. Don Evans: Another year? Meredith will be four.
Cpl. Ted Horsfall: Flo's hair's gone all white, she says.
Pvt. Don Evans: Everything's changing. Do you think we'll be able to pick it up? The business, and everything?
Cpl. Ted Horsfall: Search me. We're not as young as we were.
Pvt. Don Evans: No. We're not as...
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: France - June 1940 See more »


Soundtracks

There'll Always Be An England
(uncredited)
Written by Ross Parker and Hugh Charles
Whistled as the prisoners arrive at the camp
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Stiff upper lips at a German prison camp.
21 October 2000 | by SorsimusSee all my reviews

When I started watching this rarely seen film I didn't expect much. It received mild reviews in a television listings magazine and it was on during early weekday afternoon on C4. However, it turned out to be a remarkably touching film and a real tear jerker! It tells a story of a bunch of British soldiers at a prison camp in Germany and the best part is, that there is no token American! The story is told by mixing skillfully pre- war flashbacks, everyday camp life and home front events. Each part adds to the whole and keeps you glued to your seat until the end. The film crew shot this in 1946 at a real prison camp so the art direction is realist throughout.


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