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Edges of the Lord (2001)

A twelve-year-old Jewish boy hides with a family of Catholic peasant farmers to escape the Nazis.

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Yurek Bogayevicz
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Haley Joel Osment ... Romek
Willem Dafoe ... Priest
Richard Banel Richard Banel ... Vladek
Liam Hess ... Tolo
Olaf Lubaszenko ... Gniecio
Malgorzata Foremniak ... Manka
Andrzej Grabowski ... Kluba
Chiril Vahonin Chiril Vahonin ... Robal
Olga Frycz ... Maria
Dorota Piasecka Dorota Piasecka ... Ela Kluba
Wojciech Smolarz Wojciech Smolarz ... Pyra
Marek Weglarski Marek Weglarski ... Max
Edyta Jurecka Edyta Jurecka ... Sara
Ryszard Ronczewski ... Batylin
Krystyna Feldman ... Wanda
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Polish 12 year-young city Jew Romek gets a crash-course in Catholicsim from his daddy ('stay hanging by your arms till your prayers are perfect') so he can be sent away and escape deportation (Auschwitz?) hiding in the country where the clergy found a host, Gniecio's simple peasant family, posing as their city relative. Gniecio's eldest son Vladek proves rather tyrannical but no brighter then gullible junior Tollo, who takes a role play in catechism class to 'become' a Last Supper character, in his case Jesus, to the extreme, even training for a crucifixion from a tree. Neighbor Batylin and his wife are executed by the Nazis when their illegally kept pig is found. Kluba plays a dirty trick when Gniecio tries to sell his in the city; his son is as problematic for the boys, who meanwhile play involving a single girl-playmate, Maria, who takes Romek in when he's stupidly thrown out by his widowed host by mistake. The horror of war itself suddenly shows its ugly head again, big time and ... Written by KGF Vissers

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Rated R for some violence and sexual content | See all certifications »

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English

Release Date:

12 October 2001 (Poland) See more »

Also Known As:

Az úr morzsái See more »

Filming Locations:

Kraków, Malopolskie, Poland See more »

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$7,500,000 (estimated)
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Stereo

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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This movie wasn't released in USA due to commercial difficulties right away. There were plans to release it theatrically, but to no avail. It was released straight to DVD. See more »

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The movie had numerous religious errors. This was pre-Vatican II, so the Catholic Church was quite different. Some of the religious errors were not all women wearing something on their heads during Mass, no altar rail, the priest didn't say the correct statement before distributing communion, and they should not have said "Amen" after communion. See more »

Quotes

Romek: Are we blessed? Or are we just the edges?
Priest: We are all scraps, Romek, and we are all blessed the same.
Romek: But not all the people right?
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Before Your Eyes
Lyrics by Elzbieta Bieluszko-Kaczmarek
Music by Jan A.P. Kaczmarek
Published by Sova Media International (ASCAP)
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Emotional, Touching, & Believable - Perfect
18 October 2001 | by ajuk82See all my reviews

Haley has brought another movie to life, but this time he is not the only young actor to give a truly moving performance. Liam Hess really takes on Tolo's emotions and brings them out expertly to give a very convincing performance. One of England's hidden talents. The casting worked well with talent from Canada, USA, England, & Poland all coming together to create a movie that was a delight to watch. Look out for Haley's father/coach who also takes a small role in the movie. I liked the movie's originality, beautiful setting and realism. A classic, and one that you will not quickly forget.


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