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As the film begins we see Stephen Boyd's charactor hunting Lisa as though she were some sort of criminal, but then the unthinkable happens and he begins to see how deeply she longs to return to her homeland and begins a long and illegal journey with her to make her dream come true making himself a wanted man himself in the process.
I don't want to give away what happens but suffice it to say that as the story progresses the viewer is drawn in and begins to want that happy ending we all hope each film has. In it's own way it does happen here but only with a great deal of love and sacrifice.
For those who are looking for a film with integrity, a good story, good acting and a few twists and turns to keep your attention, then this is it.
Most importantly, I never shook the feeling that the film aroused in me - this film literally made me sick, and terrified, but it also moved and inspired me.
In the intervening years, I read somewhere that "Lisa" was an early attempt to depict the Holocaust in a mainstream Hollywood movie. That just increased my curiosity. Some kind soul has finally posted "Lisa" on youtube and I watched it there.
The title sequence appears over train tracks, rushing rapidly beneath the camera. This allusion to trains rushing to concentration camps felt heavy-handed. The film opens in 1946. Lisa is the pouty, passive cargo of a Nazi white slaver. There's some implausible cloak and dagger stuff - the daggers are SS, engraved "blood and honor" - and for sale by the Nazi white slaver, a villain with obviously dyed blonde hair and an obviously fake German accent. The Nazi dies; Lisa escapes via a fire escape; investigators suspect that Inspector Jongman murdered the Nazi. The chase / road movie is on. Lisa and Jongman begin a cat-and-mouse odyssey, via Dutch canal barge and smuggler ship, to Palestine.Read more ›
This was a fascinating drama with an interesting cast, and some surprising plot twists. I was engrossed from start to finish, and the scenery and acting well done. The ending I felt was a tad abrupt and could've been a bit better. Overall, this was a great film.
appropriately - the heart of the story is provided by the lovely and serene Dolores Hart - one of the most promising young actresses of her generation - she brings to the young damaged woman - gentleness - with a touch of fire
in my favorite performance of his - Stephen Boyd provides a gritty determination as the Dutch police inspector with a guilty conscience
there are many familiar faces from the British film industry - Donald Pleasence - Leo MacKern - Hugh Griffith - Harry Andrews - and a very young Robert Stephens in a lively performance as an "unimportant" british agent of some sort
i'm particularly fond of the homey scenes of the escaping pair during their barge trip down the canals of europe - which also prove that authentic locations were used - but even the set pieces have a pleasing foreign texture to them - however - the direction and photography are good but not great - as is the music
like the landscapes - the plot has a certain freshness - characters and scenes are often memorable - while the story doesn't built to a explosive climax - it's rational and stays on an even keel
most of all - it has dolores hart - in a role that hints at the religious sincerity that would soon steal her from hollywood - to a convent - where she remains to this day
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Enjoyed everything about it just as much as when I last saw it fifty years ago. And Dolores Hart is sooo beautiful in her tragic role that you want to leap through the screen and... Read morePublished 10 months ago by soapy
This is an excellent film that I have been waiting for a very long time.but well worth the wait. Dont know why it is still not available in this country though. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Mr R Strong
This Dolores Hart's favorite film that she made before her entrance to the convent.Published 14 months ago by Kindle Customer
This is Stephen Boyd's finest film performance. Also features an intense performance by the great and under-appreciated Dolores Hart. Read morePublished 15 months ago by jsk
Can't wait to be able to buy it! For me, was life changing movie. So much want my own copy, not just a memory from years ago. PLEASE!Published 16 months ago by H.j.
A surprisingly well made and compelling film, with stunning European locations, and a cast who give their all. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Andrew Pike
Changing the title from the original "The Inspector" to "Lisa" for American release somehow misses the point, since it changes focus from Dutch police inspector Peter Jongman... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Edgar Soberon Torchia
Yes, I love it still. Watched at Army stations in OK and W. Germany in the '60's as there wasn't much else to watch. Learned to one it then and still do !Published 20 months ago by dubetr
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