The Heart of the Matter (1953) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Heart of the Matter (1953)





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Heart of the Matter is a faithful if somewhat austere adaptation of the same-named novel by Graham Greene. Set in Sierra Leone during WW II, the film stars Trevor Howard as assistant police commissioner Scobie. While his wife Louise (Elizabeth Allan) is away on vacation, Scobie falls in love with Helen (Maria Schell), the widow of a U-boat victim. Scobie would like to get a divorce from his wife, and she from him, but their Catholicism prevents not only this break but Scobie's planned remarriage to Helen. In despair, Scobie chooses a desperate means of solving his dilemma--which only furthers to exacerbate the religious quandary in which everyone finds themselves. Posing several ethical questions throughout its 105 minutes, Heart of the Matter wisely allows the viewers to come up with their own answers. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Trevor Howard
as Harry Scobie
Maria Schell
as Helen Rolt
Peter Finch
as Father Rank
Elizabeth Allan
as Louise Scobie
George Coulouris
as Portuguese captain
Michael Hordern
as Commissioner
Colin Gordon
as Colonial Secretary
Orlando Martins
as Rev. Clay
Evelyn Roberts
as Col. Wright
Gillian Lind
as Mrs. Carter
John Rae
as Loder
Eileen Thorndike
as Mrs. Bowles
Jane Henderson
as Miss Malcott
Christopher Rhodes
as French Officer
Judith Furse
as Dr. Sykes
Jack Allen
as RNVR Lieutenant
John Akar
as Negro Servant
Assany Kamara Wilson
as African Sergeant
Saidu Fofana
as African Policeman
Errol John
as African Policeman
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All Critics (2)

The photography is beautiful. the direction is sensitive, but somewhere along the line it was found expedient to throw away the entire point of the book.

January 25, 2022 | Full Review…

Without attaining the rare dignity of classic high tragedy, this is an unrelievedly gloomy melodrama...

November 11, 2019 | Full Review…

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