What movie from the 1960s or 1970s had a scene with a boat crossing a harbor with a coughing person choking to death as he tried to be quiet and not give away their presence? I only remember this part of one scene from my childhood days and would like to learn what movie it was. Possibly black and white movie.
I saw this movie and it's guttingly sad, made in 1962.
Yes the Jewish man is being smuggled on a fishing boat, the man is very sick, with some type of consumptive illness and is very congested, thin, frail and pale. He has a continuous, racking cough.
The German soldiers come on board to inspect the boat. There is an extremely tense moment when the young soldier who goes below, where the man is hidden, sees the man's shoe (? I can't quite remember, but he sees something that shows they are hiding another person on the boat). The young soldier shows compassion and pretends he doesn't see it and they leave the boat. The relief is palpable.
When they remove the paneling hiding the sick Jewish man, they find him dead with his handkerchief stuffed in his mouth, to keep himself from coughing and alerting the German soldiers that he was there. Making the shock and grief of his death even worse. As with the person I quote from below, I too believed the man had suffocated, rather than choked. This difference makes the online search easier to find the movie.
A brilliant movie, taking viewers on an emotional journey. Have a box of tissues handy.
The Counterfeit Traitor
Starring William Holden
Quote from Rotten Tomatoes