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The Hasty Heart

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Original title
The Hasty Heart
Year
Running time
102 min.
Country
United Kingdom United Kingdom
Director
Screenwriter
Ranald MacDougall, John Patrick
Music
Jack Beaver
Cinematography
Wilkie Cooper (B&W)
Cast
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Producer
Associated British Picture Corporation
Genre
Drama
Synopsis / Plot
It's 1945, Burma, the day the war is over! For many this means they've survived and will be going home. But not for everyone. A Scottish soldier, Corporal Lachlan "Lachie" MacLachlan is the victim of a wound to the lower back on this day. He's moved to a M.A.S.H. unit and undergoes surgery. As time goes by he begins to recover and watches, in dismay as soldiers pack up and head for home. The doctors have told him he needs to remain "for observation". The Colonel takes Sister Parker, the unit head nurse, into his confidence and tells her that the real reason Cpl. MacLachlan can't go home is because the wound he sustained destroyed one of his kidneys and the other one is defective and will shut down in three to four weeks. He asks her to put Lachlan up with some other soldiers she has waiting to go home so that he can spend his last days with friends. But Cpl. MacLachlan wants nothing to do with friends and prefers his own privacy to "idle chat". He's a hard nut to crack and their work is cut out for them to make him as comfortable as possible.
Awards
1949: Nominated for Oscar: Best Actor (Richard Todd)
1949: 2 Golden Globes: Best Film Prom. Inter. Underst.; Newcomer (Todd). 3 Nom.
1949: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Nominated for Best Drama Screenplay
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