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Conspiracy of Hearts (1960)

Not Rated | | Drama, War | 7 April 1960 (USA)
Catholic nuns risk their lives to help Jewish children in an Italian internment camp escape to Palestine during World War II.

Director:

Ralph Thomas

Writers:

Adrian Scott (story), Robert Presnell Jr. (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lilli Palmer ... Mother Katharine
Sylvia Syms ... Sister Mitya
Yvonne Mitchell ... Sister Gerta
Ronald Lewis ... Major Spoletti
Albert Lieven ... Colonel Horsten
Peter Arne ... Lt. Schmidt
Nora Swinburne ... Sister Tia
Michael Goodliffe ... Father Desmaines
Megs Jenkins ... Sister Constance
David Kossoff ... The Rabbi
Jenny Laird ... Sister Honoria
George Coulouris ... Petrelli
Phyllis Neilson-Terry Phyllis Neilson-Terry ... Sister Elisaveta
Rebecca Dignam Rebecca Dignam ... Anna
Joseph Cuby ... Joseph
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Storyline

In wartime Italy nuns in a convent regularly smuggle Jewish children out of a nearby internment camp. The Italian army officer in charge suspects what may be going on but deliberately turns a blind eye. When the Germans take over the camp security the nuns' activities become far more dangerous. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Plot Keywords:

nun | jewish | children | convent | italy | See All (20) »

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Shatters Your Emotions Like No Other Motion Picture! See more »

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 April 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Conspiração de corações See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

The Rank Organisation See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White (archive footage)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Dalton Trumbo contributed to the script during his blacklist period. See more »

Goofs

Throughout the scenes in which they appear, most of the nuns are wearing make-up. This would be most unlikely for nuns. See more »

Quotes

German Soldier: Mother of God: I've killed a nun!
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Connections

Featured in Film Profile: Betty Box and Ralph Thomas (1961) See more »

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Destruction by Fire
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Music by Charles Williams
Chappell Recorded Music Library
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My brief review of the film
18 January 2005 | by sol-See all my reviews

An appropriately solemn and always very compelling Holocaust era film, it is quite competently acted, especially by the child actors and actresses, who give off realistic and believable performances. In particular, Rebecca Dignam stands out as a child who the nuns take a special liking to. The plot line sounds rather ordinary but it works well, providing a fine and interesting tale. The film is, however, a bit too melodramatic, and on top of that it ends unrealistically. But for what it is, it is very good. Based on a story by Adrian Scott, it went credited to Dale Pitt due to blacklisting, but either way Robert Presnell Jr.'s screenplay is generally fine.


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