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The Key

  • Romance
  • War
  • 1958
  • Carol Reed
  • 114 mins
  • PG

Summary

Second World War drama starring William Holden, Sophia Loren and Trevor Howard.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Playing down her usual voluptuous glamour, Sophia Loren is heartbreakingly vulnerable in this adaptation of Jan De Hartog's novel, Stella. As the waterfront landlady who offers her favours to naval skippers, she is both a source of solace and disquiet, as few entrusted with her key survive for long. Instead of focusing on either her torment or her affair with the gruff William Holden, Carl Foreman's script spends too much time at sea. No matter how well director Carol Reed stages the action sequences, we're soon impatient for shore leave.

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Credits

Cast

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David RossWilliam Holden (2)
StellaSophia Loren
Chris FordTrevor Howard
Captain Van DamOscar Homolka
KaneKieron Moore
WadlowBernard Lee
HousekeeperBeatrix Lehmann
Hotel porterNoel Purcell
WeaverBryan Forbes
GroganSidney Vivian
BakerRupert Davies
SparksRussell Waters
ClerkIrene Handl
TBCMichael Caine

Crew

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DirectorCarol Reed

Details

Theatrical distributor
Columbia Picture Corp. Ltd
Released on
1958-06-06
Languages
English
Guidance
Some violence and swearing
Available on
DVD
Formats
Black and white
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