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The Search (1948)

Passed | | Drama, War | 26 March 1948 (USA)
In post-war Berlin, an American private helps a lost Czech boy find his mother.

Director:

Fred Zinnemann

Writers:

Richard Schweizer (screen play), David Wechsler (collaborator: on screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Montgomery Clift ... Ralph Stevenson
Aline MacMahon ... Mrs. Deborah R. Murray
Wendell Corey ... Jerry Fisher
Jarmila Novotna ... Mrs. Hanna Malik
Mary Patton Mary Patton ... Mrs. Fisher
Ewart G. Morrison Ewart G. Morrison ... Mr. Crookes
William Rogers William Rogers ... Tom Fisher
Ivan Jandl Ivan Jandl ... Karel Malik
Leopold Borkowski Leopold Borkowski ... Joel Makowsky
Claude Gambier Claude Gambier ... Raoul Dubois
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Storyline

A silent nine-year-old Czech boy, a survivor of Auschwitz, flees a refugee center in postwar Germany and is found by an American G.I. At the same time, the boy's mother, the sole surviving member of his family, searches refugee centers for her son. Time, distance, and the massive numbers of refugee children are factors hampering the reunion of mother and son. Written by Martin H. Booda <booda@datasync.com>

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Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Switzerland | USA

Language:

English | German | French | Polish | Hungarian | Czech

Release Date:

26 March 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Det dagas See more »

Filming Locations:

Zurich, Switzerland See more »

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Budget:

$250,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Praesens-Film See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Ben Mankiewicz on TCM indicated that Ivan Jandl spoke no English at the time this film was made and that his English dialogue was phonetically memorized. See more »

Goofs

All of Tommy's lines were obviously dubbed. See more »

Quotes

Jerry Fisher: [holds up picture of sexily-posed woman] What'd he tell you for that?
Karel Malik: The tomato!
Jerry Fisher: [to Steve, who's standing nearby] Ohhhh, brother! You'd better stick to building bridges!
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Connections

Referenced in Montgomery Clift (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

Hineh Ma Tov
(uncredited)
Lyrics from Psalm 133
Sung by the Jewish children to the tune of "Battle Hymn of the Republic" music by William Steffe (ca 1856)
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Warning: this fantastic movie will start you bawling!
11 June 2005 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Aside from some dated music and ponderous narration, this is a nearly perfect film. It's surprising, then, that people rarely talk about this being among Montgoery Clift's best work. I, for one, prefer this over From Here to Eternity, Raintree County or even The Heiress. This is because I rarely have encountered a movie that has so pulled me in emotionally to the story. I'm a guy and I don't just start bawling at everything, but I defy ANY person to watch this film with a dry eye! It just doesn't seem possible.

The story is less about G.I. Clift than about a sad but adorable little boy he encounters wandering around in post-war Germany. At first, the boy is wild and doesn't trust anyone, as he and his family had been through the holocaust. Somehow in the concentration camp, he and his mother had become separated and at the end of the war, he had run away from the allied resettlement program because he had a natural fear of ALL soldiers. Despite these tragedies, the boy did not give up hope of one day finding his mother, though Clift plans on taking him back to the States because he knows it is hopeless to go on searching.

You've GOT to see this film! You've GOT to show it to your kids! Although the Diary of Ann Frank and Shindler's List have received a lot of attention, this little film is every bit as poignant and important for understanding the real impact of World War II.


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