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The Captive Heart [DVD]

Michael Redgrave , Frederick Leister , Basil Dearden    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Michael Redgrave, Frederick Leister, Mervyn Johns, Rachel Thomas, Jack Warner
  • Directors: Basil Dearden
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Ealing Studios
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Oct 2007
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000UWXM9E
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 57,205 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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WWII drama about a Czech captain who impersonates a dead British officer, only to be thrown into a German P.O.W. camp reserved for the English.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant, poignant story 8 May 2009
Format:DVD
This is a great example of Ealing Studios finest. A British prisoner of war assumes the identity of a dead soldier having himself escaped from a Concentration camp. He has to write letters home (to the wife of the dead man) because the Germans were suspicious of his lack of correspondence to his family. Inevitably his true identity is exposed, and he attempts to escape from the camp. When he is eventually returned back to good old Blighty, the lady with whom he has corresponded is waiting for her husband to appear from the crowd, but our hero (michael Redgrave) has to tell her the truth. With Jack Warner, Basil Radford and Mervyn Johns, it's a great cast for a very British story.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good sentimental war film 7 Jun 2009
By Peter Wade VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
A good sentimental war film

This is a war film that would appeal to the ladies.It is set in a prisoner of war camp nad has plenty of flash backs about a selection of the characters lives and their loved ones at home.

A great ensemble of British character actors such Jimmy Hanley Jack Warner and Michael Redgrave.

Made in 1946 so I am such the audiences were well aware of the circumstances of the characters so although abit of a propaganda film the war was actually over.

Good strong story about each of the characters and I would defy anyone not to feel moved by the sentiment of the story.

Micheal Redgrave plays a Czech concentration camp prisoner who takes the identity of a dead British officer. Luckily for him he speak accent less English and also faultless German. He has to keep his identity hidden from the German sand writes to his assumed characters wife who is surprised to hear form him as they were estranged.

the ending is particularly moving as Gordon Jackson goes home as a blinded young soldier to his fiance. Jack Warner and is oppo Dai go back to see dia daughter who he has never met and the mother died in childbirth.

I wont give away the ending but it is very moving.

A great British film and deserves five stars.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb war film 12 April 2009
Format:DVD
This film tells the story of a man who has to change his identity in order to hide amongst POW's in a camp. The film also follows past stroies of fellow inmates and it follows them through when the men are released.
There is a great sense of all the prisoners pulling together and getting on with it.
It is also a super love story, I have watched it again and again.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just brilliant! 12 Nov 2009
Format:DVD
All I can say is, it is one of the best British war films ever made! You won't be disappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Romance 11 Sep 2012
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I remembered this film from a TV showing years ago, and was delighted to find it released on DVD. (Sir) Michael Redgrave and Rachel Kempson give an excellent performance, naturally enough, and the cast of supporting actors is strong, including Mervyn Johns, Gordon Jackson, Basil Radford and Jimmy Hanley. This combination of wartime romance and deception by a desperate fugitive was an inspired idea and the film works incredibly well. Highly recommended.Bride Flight [2008] [Dutch Import]
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Captive Heart 2 Jan 2012
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A well made motion picture that is well worth repeat viewings!!!!! If you love a great drama, this is one to buy!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just as good as when I first saw it! 12 Dec 2011
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
A great story excellently acted.It was the first film I saw on my fathers home cinema and it cetainly stood the teat of time
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you like old films you will like this one.............
Always enjoyable, these films are entertaining and great to watch. Also for those of a certain age, will bring back good memories of when films didn't need bad language, loads of... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Margrete
5.0 out of 5 stars About as good as it gets
This superlative British film, made in 1946 and directed by the excellent Basil Dearden is the story of English prisoners in a German POW camp. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mr. R. D. M. Kirby
5.0 out of 5 stars They just don't make them like this anymore
This is a heart-rending and poignant film, based on a true story and with the superb Michael Redgrave in the lead role. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Serious Reviewer
5.0 out of 5 stars The Captive Heart [ DVD ] Michael Redgrave
i saw this film on tv quite a few years ago;i would recommend to anyone who enjoys war films; excellent!
Published 9 months ago by Peter Hall
5.0 out of 5 stars The Captive Heart (DVD)
I have seen this film before but can't remember where. Glad I bought it as it is a great example of Ealing Studio at it's best. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Eileen
4.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgia
I saw this movie as a child when it was released just after WWII and I never forgot it. A POW story - it is just as good as I remember it.
Published 11 months ago by Mr. Brian A. Openshaw
5.0 out of 5 stars A great Movie
An excellent war movie, finely acted with a very good well thought-out and moving plot. Not the usual gung-ho war movie.
Published 14 months ago by Robert Miles
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