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The Keys of the Kingdom [1944] [DVD]
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on 26 December 2013
Despite being nearly 70-years old, the film tells a story that is easy to follow but a series of disturbing occurrences show just how bad situations can become, mostly when in a country whose internal affairs are hidden to most of the world. Gregory Peck plays the missionary who seems to be able to keep calm in the face of untold horrors affecting the communities to which he has embedded himself with his work. Maybe his mental strength comes from his upbringing: he had suffered much in his childhood not least his parents. Unlike some films which leave you wondering what may have happened here there is a fast-forward of many years to show what occurred to him in later life.
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on 9 March 2012
The Keys Of The Kingdom (1944) All Region DVD (Region 1,2,3,4,5,6 Compatible). Starring Gregory Peck, Vincent Price, Roddy McDowall, Anne Revere...

This has been long on my wish list. The story concerns an unconventional priest who after failing in his early parishes is sent as a missionary to China and slowly rebuilds an abandoned mission and gains respect from the local officials, community and missionaries from other denominations.

That makes it sound very pious but it includes elements of comedy, adventure, witty dialogue, that move the story along. I had an old NTSC VHS tape from Canada which does not play well in UK. This DVD has good quality picture showing off the skills of Hollywood's golden age. The availability of subtitles is an added bonus for those whose hearing is not what it was.

Hats off to the Koreans for making this and other hard to get classic films available. They have excellent taste.
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on 10 December 2017
brilliant film and a brilliant story it is a black and white film BUT it is a grate film a good Saturday afternoon movie
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on 18 July 2016
This is a lovely film, made when Gregory Peck was comparatively young. A really good story, beautifully acted. Highly recommended.
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on 22 May 2017
Very moving with a good story line and a hero. Beautiful film. I could watch it over and over
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on 23 April 2018
A splendid look at a priest who did his job well and was a real mensch. A nice balance to all the anti-Catholic propaganda one is continuously subjected to in our PC 21st century. Loved the priest and his people.
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on 4 July 2015
A wonderful story by a wonderful author A.J. Cronan. The story is as gritty as any human story of present times. Peck and supporting cast are superb. Colour would have been nice for the scenic views, but monochrome perfectly portrays the moods of the story.
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on 11 February 2012
I RECEIVED THIS YESTERDAY AND COULDNT WAIT TO SEE IT AS I HAD BEEN WATCHING TO SEE IF IT WAS EVER GOING TO COME TO REGION 2 AND I WAS DELIGHTED THAT IT WAS NOW IN ALL REGION COMPATIBLE HAVING WATCHED THE FILM YESTERDAY I WAS NOT DISSAPOINTED GREGORY PECK WAS AS USUAL GREAT RODDY MCDOWAL VERY GOOD ALTHOUGH IT WAS IN BLACK AND WHITE IT DIDNT MATTER AS THE STORY WAS GREAT WOULD MAGICO PLEASE DO MORE OF THE CLASSICS ALSO THIS ARRIVED THE DAY AFTER ORDERING SO THANKS AGAIN AMAZON AMD MAGICO FOR A WONDERFUL MOVIE
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on 8 March 2018
Loved it if you like old films and stories so pleased no modern interferance
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on 24 April 2015
Cleverly devised Film format with beginning and Film ending linked in beautiful amazement. I was humbled, reinvigorated and moved by Spiritual honesty and directness we never hear or see in 2015. Please see for yourself traditional values as valid today as 100 years ago.
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