The Search (1948)


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Although Montgomery Clift shot this film following Red River (1948), it was released six months earlier and the combined success of both immediately made him a star. The film, which was the first to be made in Europe after WWII with an American director and cast, was partially based on Europe's Children, a book of photographs by Therese Bonney documenting the orphans of the war. Shot in the American occupied zone of Germany, much of the film, the product of years of research, was based on actual … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Richard Schweizer, Paul Jarrico, David Wechsler
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 24, 1992



as Mrs. Malik

as Ralph Stevenson

as Karel Malik

as Mrs. Murray

as Karel Malik

as Jerry Fisher

as Mrs. Fisher

as Tom Fisher

as Mr. Crookes

as Tom Fisher

as Raoul Dubois

as Joel Makowsky

as Raoul Dubois

as Mr. Crookes

as Joel Makowsky
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Critic Reviews for The Search

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (3)

Although there's a slight suspicion that (as in Rossellini's work from this period) the plight of children is being used as a sort of emotional shorthand, the integrity and moving effect of this piece is never really in doubt.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The Search, in our estimation, is a major revelation in our times.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

A moving wartime drama about orphaned children that's directed in a simple semi-documentary style.

Full Review… | May 13, 2008
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Zinnemann and Clift received Oscar nominations and Jandl won a special juvenile Oscar for his haunting portrayal of the tragic child.

Full Review… | November 1, 2007
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Both a well-modulated immersion in the experience of stunned and stranded children and a time-capsule of the scarred land and crumbled cityscapes of Germany after the war.

Full Review… | October 18, 2007
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Audience Reviews for The Search


Great looking film in war torn Germany. It's about a holocaust surviving kid who's wondering around Berlin alone and befriends a G.I.(Monty). Monty takes him in teaches him English,how to drive,etc... It's Keith's wet dream.

cody franklin

Super Reviewer

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