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The Key

  • Film

Time Out says

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.
Written by RMy

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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