6.6/10
457
15 user 2 critic

Act of Love (1953)

Un acte d'amour (original title)
Approved | | Drama, War, Romance | 17 December 1953 (USA)
A former soldier on holiday in the French Riviera recalls his time in France during WWII, and his love for a French peasant woman.

Director:

Anatole Litvak

Writers:

Alfred Hayes (novel), Irwin Shaw (screenplay)
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

The Racers (1955)
Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
Director: Henry Hathaway
Stars: Kirk Douglas, Bella Darvi, Gilbert Roland
The Hook (1963)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

In the final days of the Korean War, an enemy airman is captured by three American soldiers who cannot bring themselves to follow the order to execute their prisoner.

Director: George Seaton
Stars: Kirk Douglas, Robert Walker Jr., Nick Adams
The Juggler (1953)
Certificate: Passed Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

In 1949, former concentration camp inmate and Berlin native Hans Muller, immigrates to Israel where, due to psychological problems, he can't adjust to peacetime life.

Director: Edward Dmytryk
Stars: Kirk Douglas, Milly Vitale, Paul Stewart
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

After County Attorney Dave Connors helps Julia Norman with her shiftless father, Jefferson Norman, she leaves Jericho, Kansas to college to study for a law degree.A few years later, Algeria... See full summary »

Director: John M. Stahl
Stars: Cornel Wilde, Linda Darnell, Anne Baxter
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Unhappy about the appointment of an army general to the chairmanship of an atomic energy committee, a publishing empire female tycoon invites the general at her country estate in an effort to entrap him and ruin his reputation.

Director: H.C. Potter
Stars: Susan Hayward, Kirk Douglas, Paul Stewart
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Merchant marine officer Tom Wingfield reminisces about his life in St. Louis where he had lived with his nagging mother Amanda and crippled shy sister Laura.

Director: Irving Rapper
Stars: Jane Wyman, Kirk Douglas, Gertrude Lawrence
Adventure | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  

A young, innocent Brigitte Bardot plays the sister of the handsome French officer Juan D'Arandra. Close in a manner inappropriate of siblings, their attraction for each other tortures their... See full summary »

Director: Jean Devaivre
Stars: Jean-Claude Pascal, Alfred Adam, Daniel Ceccaldi
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

To inheritate his oncle's hotel and restaurant Hyppolyte, a naive and simple man, must pass his primary school exam.

Director: Jean Boyer
Stars: Bourvil, Pierre Larquey, Jane Marken
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Brian Hawke of the Royal Navy versus the pirates of Madagascar.

Director: George Sherman
Stars: Errol Flynn, Maureen O'Hara, Anthony Quinn
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A romance novelist appoints a would-be writer as his secretary. Although she is initially dismayed by his work ethic and playboy attitude, they begin to fall in love.

Director: Charles Martin
Stars: Laraine Day, Kirk Douglas, Keenan Wynn
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Wealthy Chloe Brasher has three beautiful daughters; Bonnie, Kate, and Jan. Chloe pays attorney Deke Gentry to fix them up with three suitable husbands.

Director: Michael Gordon
Stars: Kirk Douglas, Mitzi Gaynor, Gig Young
Adventure | Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A U.S. Marshall and two deputies rescue a cattle rustler from a lynch mob led by a local cattle baron convinced that the rustler also killed his son.

Director: Raoul Walsh
Stars: Kirk Douglas, Virginia Mayo, John Agar
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Kirk Douglas ... Robert Teller
Dany Robin ... Lise Gudayec / Madame Teller
Gabrielle Dorziat ... Adèle Lacaud
Barbara Laage ... Nina
Fernand Ledoux ... Fernand Lacaud
Robert Strauss ... Sgt. Johnny Blackwood
Marthe Mercadier ... La fille de la terrasse
George Mathews ... Henderson
Richard Benedict ... Pete
Leslie Dwyer Leslie Dwyer ... Le sergent anglais
Sydney Chaplin ... Un soldat
Brigitte Bardot ... Mimi
Nedd Willard Nedd Willard
Serge Reggiani ... Claude Lacaud
Edit

Storyline

A former soldier on holiday in the French Riviera recalls his time in France during WWII, and his love for a French peasant woman.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

WANTED for desertion! WANTED for questioning!...WANTING only each other!

Genres:

Drama | War | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

France | USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

17 December 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Act of Love See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(TCM Print)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Kirk Douglas met his German wife-to-be, Anne Douglas, when she applied for a job as his assistant on the French location shoot for this film. See more »

Quotes

Robert Teller: Look, when its all over, you know what we're going to do? We're going to travel, all over. You know what? We'll go to that town you went to when you were a girl. What was the name of it? What was it? Ville?
Lise Gudayec: Villefranche.
Robert Teller: Yes, that's it! Villefranche in the Mediterranean. And we'll rent that room. Because, you were happy there one summer when you were sixteen years old. Would I be happy there too?
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Greatest Mysteries: Smithsonian (2013) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A wonderful movie I remember from 40 years ago
28 June 2007 | by pgi2141See all my reviews

I am amazed, and wonder why this movie is unavailable. I would love to get a copy, in any format, as I would be happy to see it over and over. I have not felt this way about many movie in my life. Over the years I have looked for it but always forgot the correct name. It did make a lasting impression on me as a young man.Does anyone know if this movie will become available soon? As the movie ends I wondered what would become of Teller, how would he move on? The poignancy of his dilemma has always come into my mind with a reading of Shakespeare's sonnets. Especially: How heavy do journey on the way When what I seek, my weary travel's end, Doth teach that ease and that repose to say," Thus far the miles are measured from thy friend." The beast that bears me,tired with my woe Plods dully on, to bear that weight in me, As if by some instinct the wretch did know His rider loved not speed, being made from thee. The bloody spur cannot provoke him on, That sometimes anger thrusts into his hide, Which heavily he answers with a groan, More sharp to me than spurring to his side; For that same groan doth put this in my mind My grief lies onward and my joy behind.

That is how Teller must have felt as he was shipped out to separate him from his love. His return to France after the war, his encounter with the officer who thought he had done him a favor,the wallpaper; all heartbreaking. Do not miss this movie- it can change one's life.

As I said above, I cannot understand why this movie languishes in obscurity and wonder if anyone can provide an answer. I can only imagine some contractual problem must exist that does not allow this movies to be mass marketed like many of the other Kirk Douglas masterpieces.


12 of 14 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 15 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed