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Uprising (2001)

Unrated | | Drama, War | TV Movie 4 November 2001
Jews rise up in the Warsaw Ghetto against the Nazis in 1943.

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Jon Avnet
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Leelee Sobieski ... Tosia Altman
Hank Azaria ... Mordechai Anielewicz
David Schwimmer ... Yitzhak Zuckerman
Jon Voight ... Major-General Jurgen Stroop
Donald Sutherland ... Adam Czerniakow
Stephen Moyer ... Kazik Rotem
Sadie Frost ... Zivia Lubetkin
Radha Mitchell ... Mira Fruchner
Mili Avital ... Devorah Baron
Eric Lively ... Arie Wilner
Alexandra Holden ... Frania Beatus
John Ales ... Marek Edelman
Andy Nyman ... Calel Wasser
Nora Brickman Nora Brickman ... Clara Linder
Jesper Christensen ... General Kruger
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Storyline

Using radically refashioned archival footage of the Warsaw ghetto, this interview with Jon Avnet the director of Uprising talks about Marek Edelman who is an evocative memoir of his role in the rebellion that held back the Nazis for almost a month in 1943. The film begins with the growing list of prohibitions and regulations leading to the virtual imprisonment of about half-a-million Polish Jews in an old slum district of Warsaw with inadequate space and plumbing. An overhead tracking shot shows the number of people assembled in the first months of the relocation. The daily struggle against hunger and disease, especially among the dispossessed arrivals seen in their pitful rags, is aggravated by the German demands for "deportations to the east" that many begin to suspect are camouflaged mass murders. By the close of 1942, people living in the ghetto realize they are doomed, and the rudiments of resistance are planned by a handful of the young, including Edelman. Following some ... Written by Leonard Rubenstein

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Taglines:

They did the one thing the Nazis never expected. They fought back.

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 November 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

1943 l'ultime révolte See more »

Filming Locations:

Slovakia See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,266
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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This picture's opening prologue states: "This film is based on the historical events and the actual people who participated in the resistance movement leading up to and through the Warsaw Ghetto uprising in 1943". See more »

Goofs

In several shots, notably the overhead shot of the Tiger tank, it's clear that the German troops are not marching at the pace of the sound effect. See more »

Quotes

Yitzhak 'Antek' Zuckerman: So instead of opposing the Germans you propose to leave the fate of our people in their very hands?
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Alternate Versions

R1 DVD runs 177'15" (NTSC), but European releases only 152'28" (PAL) (a difference of almost 18'26" allowing for the different frame rates). See more »

Connections

Featured in The 59th Annual Golden Globe Awards (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor 'Quasi una fantasia', Op. 27, No. 2, aka 'Moonlight Sonata'
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performed by Sympho Inc. Studio Orchestra (Bratislava, Slovenia)
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A masterpiece of sorrow and shame.
6 November 2001 | by dwbball50See all my reviews

A masterpiece of sorrow and shame. No this does not mean it lacked the qualities of a exceptional movie but rather it means that it made me feel sorrow for the Jews during World War II. This made for TV "movie" is beyond any another of its kind in the making today. Uprising has no limits in its ideas and messages. It does not hold back the truth but rather tells the story of a group of Jews in the ghetto, using a naturalistic style. The plot is intriguing from the beginning and never fails to keep you sliding up instead of down in your lazy-boy. Moreover, the message is what needs to really be looked at in this film.

So, what makes this film have such an impact? The actors and the characters they played are the answer. Leelee Sobieski is simply incredible and on the contrary to many of David Schwimmer's TV shows or movies, he plays the part of a serious, brave, and invincible Jew, who is looked at as a leader among his people. Many new faces are seen in this movie and they all do a fantastic job.

The entertainment value is beyond comparison with any other made for TV movie. This was not a cheap movie to make and the actions scenes are not little exploding apples on an indoor movie set. Buildings are blown to pieces, Jews and Germans are slaughtered throughout the movie and tortured. You will not walk away from this movie without learning more about World War II and the Holocaust. Uprising is implicit in its message and entertaining to the very last second. If you are a history buff, an action fan, or someone who just simply likes Leelee Sobieski or David Schwimmer, I highly recommend Uprising for you. When it comes out on DVD on December 18, 2001, I would for sure get it, and watch it over and over again.

I really do hate to say that any movie comes close to Saving Private Ryan, but Uprising does, and ironically, it is a made for TV movie which makes it even that much better. Take the time to rent this or buy the DVD when you can, it is well worth the purchase.


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