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Lisa (1962)

The Inspector (original title)
At the end of WW2, a compassionate Dutch policeman helps smuggle a Jewish woman into British Palestine.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Peter Jongman
... Lisa Held
... Brandt
... Van der Pink
... Sgt. Wolters
... Ayoob
... Dickens
... Thorens
... De Kool
Harold Goldblatt ... Dr. Mitropoulos
Neil McCallum ... Browne
... Commissioner Bartels
... Mrs. Jongman
Michael David ... Capt. Berger
Jane Jordan Rogers ... Anaka Jongman
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When the end came for World War II, many Jews were spread around the free world and desired to return to Palestine. Lisa Held has been promised to be returned to her native land. Inspector Peter Jongman of the Dutch secret police compassionately makes the arrangements for her to be smuggled into her home land. Written by Richard Jones <rjo339@swbell.net>

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London...Amsterdam...Tangier...Palestine...the desperate liaisons of the love-pursuers startlingly uncovered by Mark Robson the man who electrified you with "Champion," "Peyton Place," "From The Terrace"! [US poster] See more »


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Trivia

The character of the Inspector, Jongman, was somewhat altered for this film version, to make the part suitable for Stephen Boyd. He had had a long-term contract with Twentieth Century Fox and they were still trying to build him into a major star. In the book, Jongman is a man well into middle-age, a burnt-out case worn down by a lifetime of compromises. In the film, he is a much younger man whose unhappiness is caused by one specific incident, his failure to save his fiancee from death during the war. The film was a box-office flop, and Boyd left Fox soon after, although he would occasionally work for the company later on in his career. See more »

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When Inspector Tongman meets with Thorens, after he unsheathes the dagger, the cigarette in his mouth is about 1/3 ash. When he turns around to face the Inspector, and the camera angle changes, the ash is much smaller although the total length of the cigarette plus ash hasn't changed. See more »

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Haunting, suspenseful
1 July 2000 | by See all my reviews

I saw this film as a young girl in the sixties and never forgot it. One of the great pluses in this film is the very deep cast of English character actors who parade through the story. Not the least of which is Donald Pleasence. I consider this film the first to bear the, Donald Pleasence is in it, it must be good, rule. You know, that seal of approval that M.Emmet Walsh and later J.T. Walsh brought to their work.

I consider this to be Stephen Boyd's best work, and indicative of the career he could have had, had he not been saddled with the "too good looking for his own good" curse that ruined the aspirations of a lot of actors doomed to play shallow roles. As for Delores Hart's final screen performance, goodness only knows what she could have accomplished had she not committed her life to God. One of the great show biz what ifs. But the real star of this movie is the story, with its brutal for its time period, depiction of refugees problems in a post war Europe. Attempting to start anew while unable to escape the horrors of her war time experiences, Lisa is an unwanted and painful reminder of a society that wishes to move on but can't agree on how to handle the problems of thousands of extraneous displaced victims. And how this film refuses to sugar coat the ending, leaving its characters with choices that can only be described as excruciatingly heartbraking and yet uplifting at the same time. The post war experience in Europe was no picnic for the victims or the guilt ridden bystanders. This film will haunt you.


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