This past Sunday was a Jewish Holy Day where we refrain from eating and drinking for 25 hours in order to remind us of the destruction of the Two Holy Temples. In order to try and connect with the somber feeling of this day, every year I try to watch films dealing with another attempt to eradicate my religion; The Holocaust. This year, I watched 4. Here is my fourth and final review:
Number of Times Seen – 2 (7 Aug 2003 and 26 Jul 2015)
Brief Synopsis – Based on the story of how Jews of the Warsaw Ghetto in Poland duting WWII decided to fight back when the Nazis gave the order to kill everyone in the Ghetto.
My Take on it – Out of despair and destruction sometimes heroism emerges and this movie tells the tale of a time when that actually occurred.
Instead of choosing to die by the hands of the cruel Nazis, s group if Jews living in the Warsaw Ghetto choose to die with honor by actively resisting the Nazi war machine.
This movie tells their heroic tale because despite knowing that they might die trying, these brave men and women decided to fight back and try to find a way to survive certain death.
The cast of this made for TV movie is great with Hank Azaria, David Schwimmer, Donald Sutherland, John Voight and Leelee Sobieski all with prominent roles. The truth is that I think the movie is even better due to their presence.
This movie was very emotional to watch and despite it being 2.5 hours lobg, I think it could have been even better if it had been longer and dedicated more time to developing the characters even more.
Bottom Line – Excellent depiction of the true heroic events of one of the largest group of Jews who chose to resist the Nazi oppressors. All star cast helps propel this story to a higher level. Too bad it couldn’t have been a bit longer in order to give us an even greater amount of character development. Highly recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Adam Czerniaków went to the gangster to get final money to pay the ransom. The gangster “house of ill repute” was at address Mila 18 – this was a reference to the Leon Uris story also of the Ghetto uprising. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy
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