The Key

  • Film
  • Drama
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Extraordinary, unwieldy World War II naval epic which fails to deliver as much as it promises, but promises so much as to be worth while none the less. Swiss waif Loren shelters and succours a succession of war-weary tugboat captains who are never quite sure whether she's a goddess or a whore, an island of love in the cold, cruel sea or a siren leading them on to their doom. Loren is excellent, and the film plays interestingly with the idea of a woman's mystery being the product of male prejudice and fear. But the dictates of the international box-office - lots of naval manoeuvres and a turgidly wooden American hero - result in a fascinatingly enigmatic melodrama being buried within a stolidly conventional war film.

Release details

Duration: 134 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Carol Reed
Screenwriter: Carl Foreman
Cast: Sophia Loren
Trevor Howard
William Holden
Kieron Moore
Oscar Homolka
Beatrix Lehmann
Noel Purcell
Bryan Forbes
Irene Handl
Carl Möhner
Bernard Lee
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