The Search
The Search (1948)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 26, 1948
DVD Release Date: June 24, 1992
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out

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.

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TV Guide

Zinnemann and Clift received Oscar nominations and Jandl won a special juvenile Oscar for his haunting portrayal of the tragic child.

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This touching film shot in a semi-documentary style by Zinneman, will have even the most hardened viewers sobbing in the aisles.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

The Search, in our estimation, is a major revelation in our times.

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Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks

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.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A moving wartime drama about orphaned children that's directed in a simple semi-documentary style.

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Emanuel Levy

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.

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Carlos Magalh„es
It holds a strong impact due to its devastating subject matter, with also a beautiful score and Montgomery Clift in a wonderful Oscar-nominated performance, but… More
cody franklin
Great looking film in war torn Germany. It's about a holocaust surviving kid who's wondering around Berlin alone and befriends a G.I.(Monty). Monty… More