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      The Hasty Heart

      Released Dec 2, 1949 1h 39m Drama List
      Reviews 73% Audience Score 100+ Ratings On the last day of World War II, Scottish soldier Lachlan MacLachlan (Richard Todd) is shot in the lower back and needs to be treated at the local medical unit in Burma before he can return home. His stay is lengthened, however, and when his nurse (Patricia Neal) asks why, she learns that his wound is fatal. With the help of an American patient (Ronald Reagan), the staff and other patients at the hospital try to make the Scot's final days happy. But things get ugly when he learns the truth. Read More Read Less

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      Bob Thomas Associated Press Ronald Reagan and Patricia Neal are fine, but the real news is Richard Todd, who is handsome and convincing as the Scot. Jul 25, 2019 Full Review Elsa Branden Photoplay John Patrick's memorable stage play serves as the springboard for an enormously effective picture. It's a study in human relations fraught with compassion and interspersed with shafts of humor. Rated: 2.5/3 Nov 30, 2021 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Richard Todd received an Oscar nomination for playing an obnoxious patient in an rmy hopsital who suffers from fatal illness Rated: B Aug 13, 2011 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Sharon S I first watched this film in my teens and it has stayed with me all these years later. Ronald Reagan and Patricia Neal were good but Richard Todd is superb as the Scot. The emotion of the proud Scot realising that friendship is not always bought and deceitful, still bought tears. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 06/30/23 Full Review Mark A It will make you shed tears. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/03/23 Full Review steve d The entire thing rests on Todd's shoulders and he does a great job. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review s r A sentimental war drama where a cold heart is turned. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member I’m 61 and truly appreciate the movies from the silent films to the current films. I had never heard of The Hasty Heart and just watched it. I thoroughly enjoyed it and wondered if it had been Oscar nominated at all because before it was over I felt it was deserving. Turns out it was given a best supporting actor nomination for the “Scott’s” performance. This movie will tug on your heartstrings. If it doesn’t, you have no heart. Thank you TCM. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/30/18 Full Review Audience Member An interesting (if slightly morbid) idea for a movie, but as most families had loved ones in the 1940's military the timing was apropos. Neal & Reagan play slight variations of their normal on-screen personas, with a decent cast. Otherwise a typical studio piece. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/25/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis On the last day of World War II, Scottish soldier Lachlan MacLachlan (Richard Todd) is shot in the lower back and needs to be treated at the local medical unit in Burma before he can return home. His stay is lengthened, however, and when his nurse (Patricia Neal) asks why, she learns that his wound is fatal. With the help of an American patient (Ronald Reagan), the staff and other patients at the hospital try to make the Scot's final days happy. But things get ugly when he learns the truth.
      Director
      Vincent Sherman
      Screenwriter
      Ranald MacDougall
      Distributor
      Warner Bros. Pictures
      Production Co
      Warner Brothers/Seven Arts
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English (United Kingdom)
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Dec 2, 1949, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Mar 23, 2017
      Runtime
      1h 39m
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