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The Key

4.4 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews

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A tugboat captain falls in love with a woman whose previous lovers all died in combat in this World War II drama.

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  • Actors: William Holden, Sophia Loren, Trevor Howard, Oscar Homolka, Kieron Moore
  • Directors: Carol Reed
  • Producers: Carl Foreman
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: SPE
  • DVD Release Date: April 2, 2013
  • Run Time: 126 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00BMEF6ZC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,447 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Format: VHS Tape
Number 12 Seaview is a spartan apartment in war ravaged Britain. Inside resides a "black widow," a live-in mistress to a succession of doomed rescue tug captains. Sophia Loren plays Stella with meloncholy beauty and sensitivity. Captain Chris Ford (Trevor Howard) is her latest lover. He received the key to the apartment from another captain who sensed the next torpedo had his name on it. Weary Stella is hardened by the war, she comes with the apartment and sees her lovers as temporary respite from the lonliness and grief she experiences with each one's passing.
Early on in the movie, Captain David Ross (William Holden) an American serving in the Canadian Army is transferred to the naval branch and sent to Britain as a replacement tugboat captain due to his past employment in that profession. He hooks up with old friend Captain Ford and the movie becomes an exploration of war's toll on morals and humanity.
Anyone who has faced imminent life threatening danger head-on will appreciate this movie. It honestly looks at men and women who move forward despite the fear inside. It also shows them losing their grip in private moments, then turning to face the world with a mask of fortitude. This is a thinking man's war movie and is especially suited for anyone interested in a story that goes deep and explores the real emotions of people who trudge through the war as survivors living on borrowed time.
If you like a good moral tale and also have an interest in ships and the sea (the footage of HMT Restive is real and shows the ship in all her rescue tug glory), you must not miss this movie. The acting is handled with a personal touch and Carol Reed directs with sympathy and an expert vision to bring out the haunting quality of humanity's dark side. "The Key" ranks alongside "The Cruel Sea" as an outstanding and insightful war movie. Definitely one of the best.
Victor M. Baca Editor & Publisher MODEL SHIP JOURNAL
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By A Customer on October 4, 2002
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Why is this movie so obscure? Three of the finest actors of the 50's and 60's play gritty and spooky, yet real and gripping roles, and only a few people take notice? This early WWII drama plays out the spent innocence, desperation, and despair of people trying to live with hope through a hopeless situation. Where are the flaws in this movie? Am I blind? Why is this movie not commercially popular like so many other equally worthy classic movies? Forget the stars! The supporting roles played by very gifted actors, the stark and stunning cinemataography, and the tensely paced story that unfolds makes this a great, if appearently unpopular classic. This is a quality movie that stands on its own merits regardless of popularity...
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Finally SONY puts "The Key" on their Choice Collection. This is a great Drama set during WWII with William Holden as a Canadian sergeant brought to England to bring in crippled ships damaged by German torpedoes. This movie also star; Sophia Loren, Trevor Howard, Kieron Moore, Bernard Lee, Bryan Forbes, plus others! The movie is presented in Widescreen, B&W and runs for about 134mins (2hrs 14mins). The quality of the movie is really good and there isn't any special features, subtitles or other audio except English. The only problem I have is that SONY didn't put the time, aspect ratio or color on the back. Overall this is a great movie and I would recommend this.
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Looking at this viedo, one senses the loneliness of war,for both men and women. Finding this viedo available is special. William Holden is handsome and Sophia Loren beautiful. The plot has its own sentimental moments and climaxes with realism and understanding for the die hard romantic. At least a 2 hankie.
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I saw the film with the original downbeat ending in Davenport, Iowa in 1958. It must have been a test-market showing, since Carol Reed's biography suggests that version was never distributed in the States. As I recall, the Holden character arrives at the locked station gates after the train has departed and tells his driver, "I'll find her! I'll find her the next time I get up to London." "Sure you will," the driver replies.
From the beginning the Holden character, a bit older than the others (excepting Trevor Howard and Oskar Homolka), is faced with proving himself, and having become one of the lads chooses that identity (by passing on The Key to his harshest critic) over the transforming love the Loren character has experienced. The happy if incredible ending (he shoves the guard aside, forces the gates open and sprints to pull himself aboard the last car, in which Loren is seated looking as if she doesn't believe it either) denies that choices have consequences that can't be fixed.
Holly Martin, in The Third Man, made an even harder choice and paid the price. According to the biography, Graham Greene tried to soften the ending but Reed held firm. Evidently he lacked the clout to do so again.
The DVD technology that allows rated and unrated versions to coexist on disc could be put to better use here. Let's hope the negatives have been preserved.
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A Kid's Review on October 7, 2000
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Back when I first saw this movie I was living in Cuba. This must have been early '60s. I fell in love with this movie from the beginning almost to the very end. The end was very sad, she left in the train and he could not get to the train on time. Around 1966 I moved to Puerto Rico and caught this film on TV one night. I could not pass this oportunity so I sat down to watch the film and of course I loved it again from the beginning almost to the end, which this time was new to me. In this version he was able to get on the train and... they lived happily everafter (I guess). How many people out there know that this movie has two endings? I liked the sad ending better, I think it respected the tone of the movie and fit better than a happy ending which must have been included to please the american public._
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