The Heart of the Matter (1953)





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Heart of the Matter is a faithful if somewhat austere adaptation of the same-named novel by Graham Greene. Set in Sierra Leone during WW II, the film stars Trevor Howard as assistant police commissioner Scobie. While his wife Louise (Elizabeth Allan) is away on vacation, Scobie falls in love with Helen (Maria Schell), the widow of a U-boat victim. Scobie would like to get a divorce from his wife, and she from him, but their Catholicism prevents not only this break but Scobie's planned remarriage to Helen. In despair, Scobie chooses a desperate means of solving his dilemma--which only furthers to exacerbate the religious quandary in which everyone finds themselves. Posing several ethical questions throughout its 105 minutes, Heart of the Matter wisely allows the viewers to come up with their own answers. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Classics , Drama
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Trevor Howard
as Harry Scobie
Peter Finch
as Father Rank
Maria Schell
as Helen Rolt
Cyril Raymond
as Carter
Colin Gordon
as Colonial Secretary
Elizabeth Allan
as Louise Scobie
Michael Hordern
as Commissioner
George Coulouris
as Portuguese captain
Peter Burton
as Perrot
Orlando Martins
as Rev. Clay
Christopher Rhodes
as French Officer
Judith Furse
as Dr. Sykes
Errol John
as African Policeman
Jack Allen
as RNVR Lieutenant
John Rae
as Loder
Gillian Lind
as Mrs. Carter
Jane Henderson
as Miss Malcott
Anthony Snell
as Doctor
Eugene Leahy
as Newall
Evelyn Roberts
as Col. Wright
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