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The Divided Heart (1954)

Approved | | Drama | 11 August 1955 (USA)
A three-year-old orphan is adopted by a German couple shortly after World War II. On his tenth birthday, he is told that his mother, a Yugoslav refugee, is alive and wants him back. The ... See full summary »

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Charles Crichton
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Won 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cornell Borchers ... Inga
Yvonne Mitchell ... Sonja
Armin Dahlen ... Franz
Alexander Knox ... The Chief Justice
Geoffrey Keen ... Marks
Liam Redmond ... First Justice
Eddie Byrne ... Second Justice
Theodore Bikel ... Josip
Ferdy Mayne ... Dr. Muller
André Mikhelson André Mikhelson ... Prof. Miran (as Andre Mikhelson)
Pamela Stirling Pamela Stirling ... Mlle. Poncet
Michel Ray ... Toni
Martin Keller Martin Keller ... Toni
Krystyna Rumistrzewicz Krystyna Rumistrzewicz ... Mitzi
Mark Gübhard Mark Gübhard ... Max (as Mark Guebhard)
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A three-year-old orphan is adopted by a German couple shortly after World War II. On his tenth birthday, he is told that his mother, a Yugoslav refugee, is alive and wants him back. The case must be decided in court, which must decide with whom the boy will be better off. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Two women - each with the right to call this boy her son.

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Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Slovenian

Release Date:

11 August 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Divided Heart See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Gaumont Kalee) (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The cast includes one Oscar winner (John Schlesinger) and two Oscar nominees (Alexander Knox and Theodore Bikel). See more »

Quotes

First Justice: Wars leave behind a stain of shame which the centuries will not wash away.
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Interestiong insight into the ethnic problem after the war of tens of thousands of dislocated children and their lost parents.
14 December 2019 | by clanciaiSee all my reviews

This is a heart-rending story illustrating the overwhelming problem after the war of dislocated persons, in this case children. The film is almost documentary in character, going into the fates of two mothers claiming the same child, the real mother losing her boy because of the war, and a German childless mother adopting him after the war and bringing him up as a German. Which mother should have the child? Why not let the child decide himself, but here is the divided heart. He wants to stick with one and still not do without the other. Alexander Knox is the one among the three judges who advocates the child's right to decide his own future, while the arguments of the other two American judges are a little difficult to understand. Anyway, it's a fascinating story in its close adherence to reality, and Yvonne Mitchell as the Slovenian mother (speaking fluently Slovenian) makes a lasting impression. She is willing to give up her child for the child's own sake, while the German adoptive mother has nothing to argue with except her feelings. It's a very difficult case and dilemma, and it should maybe be taken for certain, that the boy, in the unique position of having two mothers, would do his best to keep them both.


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