The Heart of the Matter (1953)

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In 1940s Sierra Leone, expatriate Harry Scobie (Trevor Howard), a Catholic police officer, is trapped in a loveless marriage. While his unhappy wife is out of town, Harry quickly falls in love with Helen (Maria Schell), a war widow. As his Catholicism threatens to keep him bound to his wife and apart from the woman he loves, Harry is consumed with guilt and becomes desperate for a solution to his dilemma. Harry's religion haunts him throughout this story of forbidden love and inner turmoil.

Starring:  Trevor Howard, Peter Finch, Denholm Elliot, Maria Schell, Elizabeth Allen

Viewer Quote:  "Trevor Howard gives a very profound performance as a man who has lost everything except his religion and who describes hell as eternal wanting. As a man who lost sight long ago of what he wants, he lives in a private hell that the surrounding locations only emphasize.  He makes the dilemmas facing his character unforgettable. I saw this movie decades ago, and there are scenes - some sensational, some very quiet - that still haunt me. A great performance, well worth seeing."

1h, 40m

This DVD is encoded NTSC Region ALL (playable worldwide).

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