Neighborhood boy Todd Bowden (Renfro) discovers that an old man living on his block named Arthur Denker (Mackellan) is Nazi war criminal. Bowden confronts Denker and offers him a deal: Bowden will not go to the authorities if Denker tells him stories of the concentration camps in WWII. Denker agrees and Bowden starts visiting him regularly. The more stories Bowden hears, the more it affects his personality. Written by
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Sir Ian McKellen said that one of the things that convinced Bryan Singer to cast him as Dussander, despite him being English, and considerably younger than the character, was when Singer raved to McKellen about a performance by an actor he had recently seen in Cold Comfort Farm (1995), and McKellen informed him that he was the same actor Singer was talking about. See more »
Throughout the entire movie, Danker/Dussander's kitchen window is always closed. Except for the exact moment "Timmy" the orange cat needs to escape from being stuffed in the oven, then it's suddenly open. Magic cat anyone? See more »
[Todd is trying to forge his father's signature for a reply to a letter from school]
You're messing things up with that carbon paper.
Yeah, what do you know about it?
[slaps his hand down on Todd's shoulder, Todd gets up and Dussander takes his place]
Here, out of the way. I was forging documents before your parents were born.
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A brilliantly concocted mindgame between a Nazi, a boy, and you.
This film is not for the light of heart or of mind. The story is about a boy who learns that a Nazi war criminal is living right in his metaphoric backyard. Obsessed with learning more than just what they teach you in school, the boy sets off on a journey to discover "How did it feel?" The writing, based on a novella by Stephen King, takes you through the minds of both the boy and the Nazi. It's a battle of wits with real people being the pawns. This movie will mess with your mind. Do not watch it if you aren't up to the challenge. My hat goes off to Brandon Boyce and Bryan Singer, the writer and director, respectively, who seem to have interwoven the story and the audience. Never have I witnessed such an excellent display of psychological warfare.
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