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* DeadPersonImpersonation: Karel assumes the identity of Mitchell to join British prisoners of war and avoid execution.


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-> '''Lt Stephen Harley''': Last Christmas I had my first concert. It was where I met Caroline.
-> '''Capt Karel Hasek, alias Geoff Mitchell''': Last Christmas I was in Dachau Concentration Camp. Christmas Eve a new batch of prisoners came in. One of them brought me news of my family. They'd been caught giving food to a Polish Jew. They were taken out and shot. My father, mother, all of them.

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-> '''Lt '''Lt. Stephen Harley''': Last Christmas I had my first concert. It was where I met Caroline.
-> '''Capt '''Capt. Karel Hasek, alias Geoff Mitchell''': Last Christmas I was in Dachau Concentration Camp. Christmas Eve a new batch of prisoners came in. One of them brought me news of my family. They'd been caught giving food to a Polish Jew. They were taken out and shot. My father, mother, all of them.


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-> '''Lt Stephen Harley''': Last Christmas I had my first concert. It was where I met Caroline.
-> '''Capt Karel Hasek, alias Geoff Mitchell''': Last Christmas I was in Dachau Concentration Camp. Christmas Eve a new batch of prisoners came in. One of them brought me news of my family. They'd been caught giving food to a Polish Jew. They were taken out and shot. My father, mother, all of them.

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* HeroicSacrifice: Pvt. Matthews volunteers to give up his place on the repatriation list in Karel's favour so that the latter can leave for England before the prison authorities identify him as a concentration camp escapee. [[spoiler: He also nearly loses his life in attempting to substitute Karel's (false) name in place of his, when a guard dog detects him sneaking around in the night and the guards open fire. He is only just rescued by Karel.]]

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* HeroicSacrifice: Pvt. Matthews volunteers to give up his place on the repatriation list in Karel's favour so that the latter can leave for England before the prison authorities identify him as a concentration camp escapee. [[spoiler: He Matthews also nearly loses his life in attempting to substitute Karel's (false) name in place of his, when a guard dog detects him sneaking around in the night and the guards open fire. He is only just rescued by Karel.]]]]
*JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Matthews, a burglar in civilian life, steals Evans' cigarette and insults him about his Welsh ethnicity, but eventually becomes friends with Evans and ultimately [[spoiler: saves Karel's life]] - see HeroicSacrifice above.



* TheStoic: Karel tends to express very little emotion, partly because he is wary about being detected by the Germans, partly because he feels left out from the camaraderie of the British soldiers, and partly because he is numbed from the loss of his entire family to Nazi atrocities.

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* TheStoic: Karel tends to express very little emotion, partly because he is wary about being detected by the Germans, partly because he feels left out from the camaraderie of the British soldiers, and partly because he is [[ConditionedToAcceptHorror numbed from the loss of his entire family to Nazi atrocities.atrocities]].


* HeroicSacrifice: Pvt. Matthews volunteers to give up his place on the repatriation list in Karel's favour so that the latter can leave for England before the prison authorities identify him as a concentration camp escapee. [[spoiler: he also nearly loses his life in attempting to substitute Karel's (false) name in place of his, when a guard dog detects him sneaking around in the night and the guards open fire. He is only just rescued by Karel.]]



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* HeroicSacrifice: Pvt. Matthews volunteers to give up his place on the repatriation list in Karel's favour so that the latter can leave for England before the prison authorities identify him as a concentration camp escapee. [[spoiler: he He also nearly loses his life in attempting to substitute Karel's (false) name in place of his, when a guard dog detects him sneaking around in the night and the guards open fire. He is only just rescued by Karel.]]


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''The Captive Heart'' is a 1946 British war film directed by Basil Dearden, starring Creator/MichaelRedgrave and his [[RealLifeRelative real life wife]], Rachel Kempson. The film tells the story of a Czech concentration camp surviver, Capt Karel Hasek (Redgrave), who has to assume the identity of a dead British soldier named Geoff Mitchell and join British prisoners of war to avoid execution. Part of living under his false identity involves writing letters to the Mitchell's wife so that the prison authorities won't suspect. On receiving his letters, Mitchell's estranged wife, Celia (Kempson), begins to hope for a reconciliation. Will Karel manage to escape from the German prison, and if he does, what will Celia do when she finds out that he is not her husband?

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''The Captive Heart'' is a 1946 British war film directed by Basil Dearden, starring Creator/MichaelRedgrave and his [[RealLifeRelative real life wife]], Rachel Kempson. The film tells the story of a Czech concentration camp surviver, Capt Karel Hasek (Redgrave), who has to assume the identity of a dead British soldier named Geoff Mitchell and join British prisoners of war to avoid execution. Part of living under his false identity involves writing letters to the Mitchell's wife so that the prison authorities won't suspect. On receiving his letters, Mitchell's estranged wife, Celia (Kempson), begins to hope for a reconciliation. Will Karel manage to escape from the German prison, and if he does, what will Celia do when she finds out reconciliation, unaware that he the man writing to her is not her husband?
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* HeroicSacrifice: Pvt. Matthews volunteers to give up his place on the repatriation list in Karel's favour so that the latter can leave for England before the prison authorities identify him as a concentration camp escapee. [[spoiler: he also nearly loses his life in attempting to substitute Karel's (false) name in place of his, when a guard dog detects him sneaking around in the night and the guards open fire. He is only just rescued by Karel.]]





* PoWCamp: The setting for the majority of the film.

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* TheStoic: Karel tends to express very little emotion, partly because he is wary about being detected by the Germans, partly because he feels left out from the camaraderie of the British soldiers, and partly because he is numbed from the loss of his entire family to Nazi atrocities.
** NotSoStoic: He does show more emotion when he [[spoiler: meets Celia, confessing that he has fallen in love with her. Also, the last scene shows him laughing excitedly on the phone with Celia.]]

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''The Captive Heart'' is a 1946 British war film directed by Basil Dearden, starring Creator/MichaelRedgrave and his [[RealLifeRelative real life wife]], Rachel Kempson. The film tells the story of a Czech concentration camp surviver, Capt Karel Hasek (Redgrave), who has to assume the identity of a dead British soldier named Geoff Mitchell and join British prisoners of war to avoid execution. Part of living under his false identity involves writing letters to the Mitchell's wife so that the prison authorities won't suspect. On receiving his letters, Mitchell's estranged wife, Celia (Kempson), begins to hope for a reconciliation. Will Karel manage to escape from the German prison, and if he does, what will Celia do when she finds out that he is not her husband?

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* DeathByChildbirth: Evans' wife's fate. She knew of the risk but decided to proceed with the pregnancy because she wanted to make her family proud.
* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: Redgrave's perfect RP is {{Justified}}, as Karel's father was in the Czech embassy and Karel spent his childhood in London.
* PoWCamp: The setting for the majority of the film.

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