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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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Taglines:

Hunted... From London... Amsterdam... The Casbah... To The Beaches Of The Middle East... A Strange Pursuit... And An Even Stranger Liaison! See more »


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Details

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 May 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lisa See more »

Company Credits

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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Stephen Boyd and Dolores Hart were alleged to have had an intense love affair during the filming of this movie, something which resolved itself into a loving friendship after Ms. Hart's decision, a year or two later, to give up acting and become a nun. They remained close friends until Boyd's death in 1977. See more »

Goofs

British agent Dickens tells Jongman that he was a soldier in one of the army units that liberated the Auschwitz concentration camp. Auschwitz was located in Poland, hundreds of miles east of the places where the American/British and Russian forces met. Auschwitz was liberated by the Russians. 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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Referenced in God Is the Bigger Elvis (2012) See more »

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Haunting, suspenseful
1 July 2000 | by phansiet2See 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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