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The Man Between

1953 1h 41m Mystery & Thriller List
Reviews 82% Audience Score 100+ Ratings
After the fall of Germany in World War II, Susanne Mallinson (Claire Bloom) visits her brother Martin (Geoffrey Toone), a major who has relocated to Berlin and married a local woman named Bettina (Hildegarde Neff). Susanne is soon swept into a kidnapping plot involving West Germans, the Soviets, and a former Nazi named Ivo Kern (James Mason). Kern attempts to redeem himself by helping Susanne escape, even though he must risk everything in the process. Read More Read Less

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MFB Critics Monthly Film Bulletin The great weakness at the core of The Man Between is an implausibly contrived and dully written script. Feb 6, 2018 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews A grim Cold War film. Rated: B- Jun 9, 2009 Full Review Sean Axmaker Turner Classic Movies Online Shooting on location in Berlin, [Carol] Reed makes evocative use of the city. Jan 16, 2009 Full Review Read all reviews

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charles d Beautiful film, with real tension and authentic romance. The scenes of a ravaged postwar Berlin are stunning, and a perfect counterpoint to the moral ambiguity of the characters who inhabit the city. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member its watchable but nothing special. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review paul d An excellent film, with very strong performances from James Mason, Claire Bloom and Hildegarde Knef. Most people immediately make a comparison of this to The Third Man, which I believe was an even better movie than this one, but The Man Between is very, very good in its own right and deserves wider viewing than it has gotten. It is such a pleasure to see movies that tell complex stories with nuance, from directors who respect their audience ! Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Quite good, early Cold War spy thriller. With naive Bloom weaving her way through a maze of intrigue, though she's sharp enough to figure some of it out. And James Mason, a person with an admittedly despicable past who seems to be softening in Bloom's presence. Several similarities to the latter "Spy Who Came In From The Cold". First rate. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member good UK spy thriller Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member Impeccably acted and atmospheric post-war drama!! Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis After the fall of Germany in World War II, Susanne Mallinson (Claire Bloom) visits her brother Martin (Geoffrey Toone), a major who has relocated to Berlin and married a local woman named Bettina (Hildegarde Neff). Susanne is soon swept into a kidnapping plot involving West Germans, the Soviets, and a former Nazi named Ivo Kern (James Mason). Kern attempts to redeem himself by helping Susanne escape, even though he must risk everything in the process.
Director
Carol Reed
Producer
Carol Reed
Screenwriter
Harry Kurnitz
Production Co
London Film Production
Genre
Mystery & Thriller
Original Language
British English
Release Date (Streaming)
Dec 1, 2011
Runtime
1h 41m