The Heart of the Matter
Trevor Howard (1953)

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    Classic drama

    1953, 105 MINS, BW, UK

    • Director: George More O'Ferrall
    • Writers: Ian Dalrymple, Graham Greene (novel)
    • Release Date: 3 November 1953 (UK)

      CAST:

    • Trevor Howard ... Harry Scobie
    • Elizabeth Allan ... Louise Scobie
    • Maria Schell ... Helen Rolt
    • Denholm Elliott ... Wilson
    • Gérard Oury ... Yusef
    • Peter Finch ... Father Rank
    • George Coulouris ... Portuguese captain
    • Michael Hordern ... Commissioner

      (London Film Productions)


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    • In arguably his finest film performance, Trevor Howard (The Third Man, Brief Encounter) plays Harry Scobie, a sympathetic Catholic police officer in 1940s Sierra Leone who has more in common with the locals than he has with his fellow ex-pats. Trapped in a loveless marriage, he sends his wife back to England on holiday and then promptly falls in love with another woman (Maria Schell), leaving him prey to blackmailer Yusef (Gerard Oury).

      A splendid supporting including Denholm Elliott, Michael Hordern and Peter Finch brings lusty voice to Graham Greene's characters, contributing to a richly atmospheric study of guilt, despair and torment.

      Directed by George More O' Ferrall initially attracted controversy for diverting from Greene's concluding chapters, but this remains an audacious, stunningly realised work of no little intensity.

      The Heart of the Matter was nominated for a clutch of British Academy Awards, including best film and best actor for Howard.

      For me, this film proves beyond doubt that Howard was the best actor of his generation. There is no one who would have come close to portraying Scobie as Howard did, be it Olivier or anyone else. Just watch it and revel in seeing master at work.


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      Nominated for 4 BAFTAS and the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes, THE HEART OF THE MATTER marked Trevor Howard’s second outing in a Graham Greene adaptation following the success of THE THIRD MAN. Also starring Denholm Elliot and Maria Schnell, the film tells the story of Scobie (Howard), an principled police officer tormented by his own guilt and the misery around him in colonial Africa at the outbreak of World War II.


      Filming Locations:

        Shepperton Studios, Shepperton, Surrey, England
        (studio)

        Sierra Leone


      5 STARS OUT OF 5 (and 5 of them are for Howard!)




    The Heart of the Matter
    Trevor Howard

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      • Director: George More O' Ferrall
      • Actors: Trevor Howard, Elizabeth Allen, Maria Schell, Denholm Elliott
      • Format: Black & White, PAL
      • Language: English
      • Region: Region 2 (UK & Europe)
      • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
      • Number of discs: 1
      • Classification: PG
      • Studio: Optimum Home Entertainment
      • DVD Release Date: 25 Sep 2006
      • Run Time: 105 minutes

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          Main Language: English

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marlon brando | james caan | diane keaton | al pacino
laurence olivier | clark gable | vivien leigh | leslie howard | alfred hitchcock | robert montgomery | grace kelly
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