The Search 1948

The Search

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After surviving a Nazi concentration camp in Germany, Karel (Ivan Jandl), a young Czech boy, is determined to reunite with his mother, Hannah (Jarmila Novotna), holding out hope that she is still alive. Karel is befriended by an American soldier, Ralph Stevenson (Montgomery Clift), who teaches him English phrases and even considers bringing him back to the United States. However, nothing can deter Karel from looking for Hannah, who is also desperately searching for him.

Cast

Jarmila Novotna
as Mrs. Malik
Montgomery Clift
as Ralph Stevenson
Ivan Jandi
as Karel Malik
Aline MacMahon
as Mrs. Murray
Wendell Corey
as Jerry Fisher
Mary Patton
as Mrs. Fisher
Will Rogers Jr.
as Tom Fisher
Edward G. Robinson
as Mr. Crookes
William Rogers
as Tom Fisher
Leopold Markowski
as Joel Makowsky
Claude Gambler
as Raoul Dubois
Claude Gambier
as Raoul Dubois
Ewart G. Morrison
as Mr. Crookes
Leopold Borkowski
as Joel Makowsky
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Critic Reviews for The Search

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (8)

  • 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.

    February 9, 2006 | Full Review…
  • The Search, in our estimation, is a major revelation in our times.

    May 20, 2003 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • A moving wartime drama about orphaned children that's directed in a simple semi-documentary style.

    May 13, 2008 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • Zinnemann and Clift received Oscar nominations and Jandl won a special juvenile Oscar for his haunting portrayal of the tragic child.

    November 1, 2007 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    October 18, 2007 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • Featuring the striking debut of Montgomery Clift, The Search, a quasi-documentary story of a sympathetic American soldier who rescues a Czech boy-refugee in post WWII Germany, also established Fred Zinnemann's reputation as a an A director.

    April 11, 2007 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Search

  • Apr 14, 2016
    It holds a strong impact due to its devastating subject matter, with also a beautiful score and Montgomery Clift in a wonderful Oscar-nominated performance, but it starts to become more like a melodrama after its excellent first hour and the dialogue more and more artificial.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • May 08, 2008
    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 f Super Reviewer

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