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

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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama | War | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

France | USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

17 December 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Act of Love See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(TCM Print)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Kirk Douglas also did the French language version's dialogue. See more »

Quotes

Robert Teller: Love. The woman's cure for everything. Have a bullet in your head, have a little love. Are you losing weight? Try love. Is there a war on? Buy love. Better than penicillin or the seltzer drugs or a month in the country.
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Connections

Referenced in Kirk Douglas: Before I Forget (2009) See more »

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A real find
16 February 2002 | by gerritschroderSee all my reviews

More than any other movie I've seen, this one draws a dark picture of what the statistical enormity and bureaucratic obscenity of WWII did to individuals during (and after) the Second World War. This is a love story set against the new way of dealing with the logistics of millions of people on the move in wartime Europe -- on either side. The big point is that it's difficult to draw a line between the sides in the brutal impersonality of the events that crush people like the characters in this story.

Kirk Douglas is great, of course, and the direction in the film is always intersting. Hard to believe this was made as late as 53.

See this if you can -- I saw it on TCM recently in a Kirk Douglas festival. For that matter, watch all the Kirk Douglas flicks you can -- the guy had either great taste or great luck.


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