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Although Montgomery Clift shot this film following Red River (1948), it was released six months earlier and the combined success of both immediately made him a star. The film, which was the first to be made in Europe after WWII with an American director and cast, was partially based on Europe's Children, a book of photographs by Therese Bonney documenting the orphans of the war. Shot in the American occupied zone of Germany, much of the film, the product of years of research, was based on actual incidents. It opens at the UN Relief and Rehabilitation Administration camp at which war… More

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"Although there's a slight suspicion that (as in Rossellini's work from this period) the plight of children is being used as a sort of emotional shorthand, the integrity and moving effect of this piece is never really in doubt."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"Zinnemann and Clift received Oscar nominations and Jandl won a special juvenile Oscar for his haunting portrayal of the tragic child."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"This touching film shot in a semi-documentary style by Zinneman, will have even the most hardened viewers sobbing in the aisles."
‑ , Film4
"The Search, in our estimation, is a major revelation in our times."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Both a well-modulated immersion in the experience of stunned and stranded children and a time-capsule of the scarred land and crumbled cityscapes of Germany after the war."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"A moving wartime drama about orphaned children that's directed in a simple semi-documentary style."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Featuring the striking debut of Montgomery Clift, The Search, a quasi-documentary story of a sympathetic American soldier who rescues a Czech boy-refugee in post WWII Germany, also established Fred Zinnemann's reputation as a an A director."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
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