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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.

Director:

Philip Dunne

Writers:

Nelson Gidding, Jan de Hartog (novel)
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Boyd ... Peter Jongman
Dolores Hart ... Lisa Held
Leo McKern ... Brandt
Hugh Griffith ... Van der Pink
Donald Pleasence ... Sgt. Wolters
Harry Andrews ... Ayoob
Robert Stephens ... Dickens
Marius Goring ... Thorens
Finlay Currie ... De Kool
Harold Goldblatt Harold Goldblatt ... Dr. Mitropoulos
Neil McCallum Neil McCallum ... Browne
Geoffrey Keen ... Commissioner Bartels
Jean Anderson ... Mrs. Jongman
Michael David Michael David ... Capt. Berger
Jane Jordan Rogers Jane Jordan Rogers ... Anaka Jongman
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Storyline

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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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

24 May 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Production Co:

Red Lion Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Color by Deluxe)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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 it was 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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Peter Jongman: A policeman is suppose to be a servant of justice. Mother, legal or not, this is something I have to do.
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Powerful
24 October 2002 | by joandanielsSee all my reviews

Lisa is a powerful drama about a German concentration camp refugee, played by Dolores Hart, trying to get to Israel to begin a new life after the war, and the Dutch Police Inspector, played by Stephen Boyd, who decides to help her. The story is gripping and intense and the performances are superb. Both Stephen Boyd and Dolores Hart turn in one of the finest performances of their careers and so does the all-star supporting cast, including Donald Pleasance and Hugh Griffith. Wonderful film for a rainy day afternoon.


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