The Key

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"He had the life expectancy of a match."
  • Approved
  • 1958
  • 2 hr 14 min
  • 6.7  (1,621)

The Key is a 1958 movie that is set during the Second World War. The main characters are David Ross (William Holden), Stella (Sophia Loren), and Major David Ross (Trevor Howard). The movie is directed by Carol Reed and the screenplay is written by Carl Foreman. David Ross is an officer in the Royal Navy who is stationed in Gibraltar. Stella is a beautiful and charismatic woman who operates a local nightclub. The two meet at the nightclub and quickly fall in love. David is married but his wife is back in England. Stella, however, is not interested in being just his mistress and continuously presses him to leave his wife.

Things take a turn when Major David Ross arrives in Gibraltar with his troops. He is not related to David but shares the same name. Major David Ross is tasked with finding and destroying German U-boats that are patrolling the Mediterranean. He is also a stickler for the rules and does not tolerate any deviations from protocol.

The tension in the movie arises when David is assigned to escort Major David Ross on one of his missions. Stella is unhappy with David's departure and their relationship is put to the test. Major David Ross proves to be a difficult companion and constantly contradicts David's decisions. They encounter German ships and have to make quick decisions in order to complete their mission.

As the movie progresses, the relationship between David and Major David Ross becomes more complicated. There are moments of camaraderie but also long periods of animosity. David is constantly trying to prove himself to Major David Ross, while the latter is indifferent to David's efforts. Stella, meanwhile, is trying to cope with David's absence and trying to distract herself with her nightclub.

The movie has a few twists and turns that keeps the viewer engaged. Although the war is raging on, the driving force of the movie is the love triangle between David, Stella, and Major David Ross. There are moments of intimacy between the characters but the movie never becomes too graphic.

The cinematography of the movie is stunning. The action sequences are well choreographed and the movie manages to create a sense of urgency and danger. The performances by the actors are excellent. William Holden portrays David as a conflicted man who is torn between love and duty. Sophia Loren is seductive as Stella but also adds depth to the character with her vulnerabilities. Trevor Howard is excellent as Major David Ross, portraying him as a complex man who is both tough and sensitive.

The movie is not just a love story but also a commentary on war and the effect it has on people. The characters are not just fighting against the Germans, but also fighting against their own desires and feelings. The movie leaves the viewer with a sense of melancholy, as it shows how even in the midst of war, people are still driven by their emotions.

Overall, The Key is a great movie. It manages to combine action and romance in a way that is engaging and entertaining. The performances are top-notch and the direction is excellent. It is a must-watch for fans of war movies and romantic dramas alike.

The Key is a 1958 drama with a runtime of 2 hours and 14 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.7.

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    2 hr 14 min
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    6.7  (1,621)