The Captive Heart (1947)

Genres - Drama, War  |   Sub-Genres - POW Drama, War Drama  |   Run Time - 86 min.  |   Countries - UK, USA  |  
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The Captive Heart is set in a German POW camp for British soldiers. Michael Redgrave plays a Czech patriot, who has assumed the identity of a deceased British officer to avoid being executed by the Nazis. When captured and placed in the camp, the British prisoners suspect the still-incognito Redgrave of being a spy. Only his conspicuous courage during an escape sequence vindicates the secretive Redgrave. The film's tinderbox tension is relieved with a joyous finale, which utilizes a fireworks display as adroitly as Hitchcock did in To Catch a Thief.

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agent [representative], atrocity, Britain, capture, concentration-camp, death, identity, impersonation, MIA (Missing in Action), officer, on-the-run, POW/MIA, role-switching, soldier, survivor