Conspiracy of Hearts

Conspiracy of Hearts

Ralph Thomas (1960)

U Certificate


Our Score
This moving and underrated tale from Rank about nuns helping Jewish children escape the Nazis in war-torn Italy was made with sincerity and feeling by Ralph Thomas, himself a Jew. The movie boasts an immensely talented cast, headed by the luminous Lilli Palmer as the Mother Superior, with Sylvia Syms and Yvonne Mitchell as caring nuns, David Kossoff as a rabbi and an early appearance by stage actor Henry Goodman as one of the children. This thoughtful casting lends the film resonance, and it's far better than its potentially mawkish plot combination of children and nuns would suggest.


A group of courageous Italian nuns risks everything during the Second World War. Deciding they cannot stand by and do nothing, the sisters begin smuggling Jewish children out of a German internment camp and transporting them to safety - but Nazi troops look set to discover the dangerous secret. Drama, starring Lilli Palmer, Sylvia Syms, Yvonne Mitchell, Ronald Lewis and Albert Lieven.

Cast & Crew

Mother Katherine Lilli Palmer
Sister Mitya Sylvia Syms
Major Spoletti Ronald Lewis
Colonel Horsten Albert Lieven
Sister Gerta Yvonne Mitchell
Lt Schmidt Peter Arne
Sister Tia Nora Swinburne
Fr Desmaines Michael Goodliffe
Sister Constance Megs Jenkins
Rabbi David Kossoff
Director Ralph Thomas
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: Rank Film Dists LtdAvailable on: DVD