The Search

In post-World War II Germany, a small boy who survived Auschwitz wanders alone - feral, mute and terrified. The Search vividly captures the horrifying human cost of war. This milestone of filmmaking won two 1948 Academy Awards.
The Search
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 44 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released: September 15, 2009
  • Originally Released: 1948
  • Label: Warner Archive Collection (MOD)
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame
  • Audio:
    • English

Performers, Cast and Crew:

Starring , &
Performer: , , &
Directed by
Edited by
Screenwriting by , &
Composition by
Cinematography by
Produced by

Major Awards:

Academy Awards 1948 - Best Motion Picture Story: David Wechsler & Richard Schweizer
Academy Awards 1948 - Special Achievement Awards: Ivan Jandl

Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 8


User Ratings: 752
Rating: 4/4 -- Zinnemann and Clift received Oscar nominations and Jandl won a special juvenile Oscar for his haunting portrayal of the tragic child. Full Review
TV Guide
Nov 1, 2007
This touching film shot in a semi-documentary style by Zinneman, will have even the most hardened viewers sobbing in the aisles. Full Review
May 24, 2003
Although there's a slight suspicion that (as in Rossellini's work from this period) the plight of children is being used as a sort of emotional shorthand, the integrity and moving effect of this piece is never really in doubt. Full Review
Time Out
Feb 9, 2006
Rating: 5/5 -- The Search, in our estimation, is a major revelation in our times. Full Review
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Rating: B+ -- Featuring the striking debut of Montgomery Clift, The Search, a quasi-documentary story of a sympathetic American soldier who rescues a Czech boy-refugee in post WWII Germany, also established Fred Zinnemann's reputation as a an A director. Full Review
Apr 11, 2007
Rating: B+ -- Both a well-modulated immersion in the experience of stunned and stranded children and a time-capsule of the scarred land and crumbled cityscapes of Germany after the war. Full Review
Nick's Flick Picks
Oct 18, 2007
Rating: B -- A moving wartime drama about orphaned children that's directed in a simple semi-documentary style. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
May 13, 2008

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In post-World War II Germany, a small boy who survived Auschwitz wanders alone - feral, mute and terrified. He finds a makeshift home with a big-hearted GI, while the mother he does not remember searches desperately for him. Starring a then-unknown Montgomery Clift in his movie debut, directed in a near-documentary style by Fred Zinnemann and filmed in the ragged, rubble-strewn skeleton of Nuremberg, The Search vividly captures the horrifying human cost of war. This milestone of filmmaking won two 1948 Academy Awards®: Best Motion Picture Story and a special award to Ivan Jandl for his haunting performance as the lost child.

Product Description:

An American G.I. discovers a nine-year-old boy hiding amid the burned-out rubble in postwar Berlin. While he cares for the boy, the boy's mother desperately searches all displaced person's camps for him. Academy Award Nominations: 4, including Best Director, Best Actor--Montgomery Clift, Best Screenplay. Academy Awards: Best Motion Picture Story.

Plot Synopsis:

In Montgomery Clift's first released film, he plays Ralph Stevenson, an American G.I., on assignment in Germany directly after World War II. While driving in his jeep, he spots a displaced, starving youngster and entices him to his quarters with food. Stevenson and the boy, Karel, develop a close father-son bond. However, it is discovered that Karel's mother is still alive and looking for him amid the rubble of Europe. Just as Stevenson is getting the papers together to legally adopt Karel and take him back to America, mother and son find each other...


Production Notes:

  • "The Search" was the second film performance for Montgomery Clift, but the first of his films to reach theaters. The release of his first film, "Red River," shot in 1947, was delayed due to a legal dispute.
  • The film was co-produced by Praesens-Film in Switzerland; copyright held by Loew's International Corporation 1947.
  • Partially shot on location in Germany.
  • Additional cast: Mary Paton (Mrs. Fisher) and William Rogers (Tom Fisher).
  • Additional credits: Mila Melanova (assistant director), Robert D. Mockler & Eva Landsberg (technical advisors), Therese Bonney (technical advisor/military liaison).
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  • Sales Rank: 6,259
  • UPC: 883316204733
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