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The Heart of the Matter (1953)

Approved | | Drama | 8 February 1954 (USA)
An unhappily married British security officer stationed in Sierra Leone during WWII falls in love with a young Austrian woman and starts an affair. He soon starts feeling guilty.

Writers:

Lesley Storm (adapted by), Ian Dalrymple (script)
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Nominated for 4 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Trevor Howard ... Harry Scobie
Elizabeth Allan ... Louise Scobie
Maria Schell ... Helen Rolt
Denholm Elliott ... Wilson
Peter Finch ... Father Rank
Gérard Oury ... Yusef (as Gerard Oury)
George Coulouris ... Portuguese Captain
Michael Hordern ... Commissioner
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An unhappily married British security officer stationed in Sierra Leone during WWII falls in love with a young Austrian woman and starts an affair. He soon starts feeling guilty.

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Plot Keywords:

africa | based on novel | See All (2) »

Taglines:

The instant...when a man must choose! Which woman? Which code? Which life?

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Drama

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 February 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Herz aller Dinge See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The film was entered into the 1953 Cannes Film Festival. See more »

Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: FREETOWN, 1942. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Providence: The Heart of the Matter (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Yaponsa
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Traditional
Arranged by Edric Connor
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Moving and thoughtful.
21 February 2003 | by jdm1051See all my reviews

Trevor Howard makes the dilemmas facing his character unforgettable. I saw this movie decades ago, and there are scenes - some sensational, some very quiet - that still haunt me. I hope I have the chance to see the movie again - I'd like to share it with my daughter and discuss the theological issues raised with her - and of course, celebrate Howard's marvelous acting.


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