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Chosen (2016)

R | | Drama, War | 2 August 2016 (USA)
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An unassuming young lawyer leads a fight against the Nazis near the end of World War II.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Luke Mably ... Sonson
Ana Ularu ... Judith
Tomasz Aleksander Tomasz Aleksander ... Jeno
Harvey Keitel ... Sonson
Freddie Fuller Freddie Fuller ... Zoltan
Sam Churchill Sam Churchill ... Ezra
Luke Jerdy Luke Jerdy ... Efrahim
Julian Shatkin ... Max
Diana Cavallioti ... Florence
Nabil Massad Nabil Massad ... Mullah
Radu Bânzaru ... SS Officer
Jordan Renzo ... Robi
Roxana Guttman ... Middle Aged Woman
Rufus Graham Rufus Graham ... Dr. Balthazar
Mirela Nicolau ... Matron
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An unassuming young lawyer leads a fight against the Nazis near the end of World War II.

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Harvey Keitel: There is something in each of us that makes us do extraordinary things... See more »

Genres:

Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence including a sexual assault | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 August 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Auserwählten - Helden des Widerstands See more »

Filming Locations:

Bucharest, Romania See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

£2,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,471, 16 December 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,471, 16 December 2016
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

A World War II deportation freight train was built from scratch with rusty old wheels, parts, and debris found in an old train scrapyard. The deportation scene, where the "chosen" Jews boarded the deportation train, taking them to the camps, was shot on disused, weed-grown tracks in the scrap backyard of an old train station in Bucharest, Romania. See more »

Goofs

Many of the Hungarian soldiers in the movie are seen with the SKS rifle, made evident by the folding bayonet. While this rifle was eventually adopted by the Hungarian army, it did not enter service until several years after the war. See more »

Quotes

Sonson: She knew that she was only link to the one he loved and that he'd never take his eyes off her again.
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23 October 2017 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

In modern times, an old man (Harvey Keitel) tells a young boy about his life during the war. It's 1943 Hungary. Sonson (Luke Mably) suffers as forced labor for the Nazis. They are hounded by the Hungarian police as the Nazis and their collaborators deport the Jews. Sonson joins a rebellion against the occupiers.

There is a scattered narrative flow with nothing new going on in this movie. It's a mistake to show Sonson as an old man which guarantees his survival through the entire ordeal. Mably doesn't have the greatest charisma and the movie doesn't give his character much substance. No other character has any substance at all. This has no tension despite the movie trying to ramp up the melodrama with the music cues at the wrong times. At most other times, this is quietly dull without the needed tension. It's also not the highest of production value. The directing is weak. It's functional at best but not much more.


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