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The Search (1948)

Passed | | Drama, War | 26 March 1948 (USA)
In post-war Berlin, an American private helps a lost Czech boy find his mother.

Director:

Fred Zinnemann

Writers:

Richard Schweizer (screen play), David Wechsler (collaborator: on screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Montgomery Clift ... Ralph Stevenson
Aline MacMahon ... Mrs. Deborah R. Murray
Wendell Corey ... Jerry Fisher
Jarmila Novotna ... Mrs. Hanna Malik
Mary Patton Mary Patton ... Mrs. Fisher
Ewart G. Morrison Ewart G. Morrison ... Mr. Crookes
William Rogers William Rogers ... Tom Fisher
Ivan Jandl Ivan Jandl ... Karel Malik
Leopold Borkowski Leopold Borkowski ... Joel Makowsky
Claude Gambier Claude Gambier ... Raoul Dubois
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Storyline

A silent nine-year-old Czech boy, a survivor of Auschwitz, flees a refugee center in postwar Germany and is found by an American G.I. At the same time, the boy's mother, the sole surviving member of his family, searches refugee centers for her son. Time, distance, and the massive numbers of refugee children are factors hampering the reunion of mother and son. Written by Martin H. Booda <booda@datasync.com>

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Drama | War

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Country:

Switzerland | USA

Language:

English | German | French | Polish | Hungarian | Czech

Release Date:

26 March 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Det dagas See more »

Filming Locations:

Zurich, Switzerland See more »

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Budget:

$250,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Praesens-Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Montgomery Clift first appears 36 minutes into the movie. See more »

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All of Tommy's lines were obviously dubbed. See more »

Quotes

Jerry Fisher: [holds up picture of sexily-posed woman] What'd he tell you for that?
Karel Malik: The tomato!
Jerry Fisher: [to Steve, who's standing nearby] Ohhhh, brother! You'd better stick to building bridges!
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Vltava (Moldau)
(1874) (uncredited)
Music by Bedrich Smetana
In the score when the river is first shown
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The devastating effect of war on children...gripping, powerful film...
26 February 2005 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

MONTGOMERY CLIFT is the nominal star of THE SEARCH but it's little Ivan Jandl that audiences were likely to remember after watching this spellbinding story of his plight as a victim of war amid separation from his mother. Clift is firmly in command of his role as a compassionate soldier who takes the boy under his wing and teaches him to communicate in English. Wendell Corey is excellent as a soldier friend of Clift and opera singer Jarmila Novotna is totally convincing as the boy's mother intent on being reunited with her son.

Another pivotal role is filled brilliantly by ALINE MacMAHON in a part that surely deserved an award nomination. At any rate, Clift deserved his nomination as Best Actor and Ivan Jandl fully deserved his special Oscar as the juvenile lead. His facial expression and eyes tell the whole story without a single bit of dialogue. The only other child actor I can compare him with (at that time) is Claude Jarman, Jr. who showed a natural skill for performing at a tender age.

The impact of the devastation of war on ruined buildings is caught by the camera vividly in on location footage shot in Germany under Fred Zinnemann's expert direction. But it's the impact of war on the very young children that is the focus of this film and to that end it succeeds brilliantly in capturing the grief and loneliness of all those victims of war in a way that is sure to stir your emotions.

Summing up: gritty post-war film, honest emotionally and powerful in its presentation. Highly recommended.


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