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The Key

6.72 h 1 min1958PG
A tugboat captain falls in love with a woman whose previous lovers all died in combat in this World War II drama.
Carol Reed
William HoldenSophia LorenTrevor Howard
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Oscar HomolkaKieron MooreBernard LeeBeatrix Lehmann
Carl Foreman
Columbia Pictures
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4.0 out of 5 stars

59 global ratings

  1. 58% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 6% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 24% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 4% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 8% of reviews have 1 stars
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 11 July 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Top film.
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Top film. Many thanks.
drrdfReviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 May 2015
2.0 out of 5 stars
Awful and unacceptable transcription to DVD
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The movie is a good one potentially, but this transcription to DVD is pathetic; it has continuous and seriously bad wow all through the sound track. It is clear that the half-witted people who did this did not listen to or check what they had produced. Avoid this DVD like the plague!
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K. WaltersReviewed in the United Kingdom on 09 May 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Hidden gem
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Great film, with Trevor Howard at his best.
VarleyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 29 July 2015
3.0 out of 5 stars
Storyline is fine until superstition is brought into the equation
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Storyline is fine until superstition is brought into the equation. Technically all aspects 'on the button' artistically spoiled in my opinion.
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 19 July 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Wonderful William Holden
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Fab film, loved it.
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FilmbuffUKReviewed in the United Kingdom on 07 June 2010
5.0 out of 5 stars
Very much worth a view
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When I first started watching this film, I thought there had to be a mistake, as it started out by appearing to be absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with "The Key". However, as the film progressed, things became clearer. That said, I found it a really engrossing film; much more than just a film about the key to a lonely woman's flat. It was a story of the immense courage, the hardships and the sadness of those who had to go into dangerous seas, with very little protection, in order to save stricken boats. This is an aspect of the war that I had never considered before and it gave a valuable insight into one of the less "glamorous" and rarely seen (but nevertheless essential) struggles of those desperate times.

As you would expect from such distinguised actors as Trevor Howard, William Holden and Sophia Loren (et al), the acting is excellent and the story is complimented by such fine performances (including that of Noel Purcell). The story is certainly unique and the whole concept of the key and its significance can only really be understood by trying to realise just what it would have been like, for both those directly involved, as well as their loved-ones. War, by its very nature, is indiscriminate in who it affects and how human falibilities and the sensitivities we are now able to "enjoy" are cast aside, due to the very necessity of the struggle that is at the forefront of so many lives.

Really speaking, this is two stories in one: the story of often "unsung heroes", who saved lives, while putting themselves at risk, and also the tragic circumstances of a young woman, caught up in the worst part of war; her feelings one minute on high, then down to the depths of the ocean, where her lost loves ended their short lives. She is almost treated as though she were nothing more than an item of property, to be handed over to the next incumbant of the accommodation where she finds herself being almost a prisoner of her feelings, as well as the effects of the war. One desperately wants her to find the long-term happiness she craves, but can one blame her when, eventually, she runs away, despite seemingly having found it.

A very realistic film, an excellent cast, very atmospheric and quite a surprise. Not predictable and certainly very much worthwhile for my collection.
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MJ SoetersReviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 October 2016
3.0 out of 5 stars
prima acteurs
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de dvd is een stuk ingekort.
Zeer goed gespeeld en een heel goed verhaal
brigidccReviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 December 2012
5.0 out of 5 stars
gritty but human
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This is a movie about deep human feelings and how war amplifies them. Howard, Holden and Loren no oer acting needed. It's just great.
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