Hanna's War (1988)

PG-13  |   |  Biography, Drama, War  |  21 September 1988 (France)
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During WW2 Hanna Szenes, a Hungarian Jew living in British Palestine, volunteers to go behind enemy lines to rescue Jews from deportation to death camps.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Maruschka Detmers ...
Captain Julian Simon
Vincent Riotta ...
Yoel (as Vincenzo Ricotta)
Rob Jacks ...
Serge El-Baz ...
Eli Gorenstein ...
Joe El Dror ...
Jon Rumney ...
Uncle Egon
Magda Faluhelyi ...
Aunt Ella
Emma Lewis ...
Cousin Evi


At the beginning of World War Two a Hungarian Jew living in British Palestine volunteers to parachute behind enemy lines in German-occupied Yugoslavia to save fellow Jews from deportation to Nazi Death Camps. After she enlisted in the British Army she trained in Egypt as a paratrooper for the British Special Operations Executive. In the Spring of 1944 Hannah and a few colleagues were parachuted into Yugoslavia and joined a partisan group. Despite warnings against venturing into German-occupied Hungary Hannah insisted that she continue her mission. Arrested at the Hungarian border Hannah and her companions are sent to a special prison where she is interrogated under torture. However, Hannah refuses to reveal little more than her name. Written by nufs68

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The true story of one woman's courage against the brutality of the Third Reich.


Biography | Drama | War


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21 September 1988 (France)  »

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Innocent Heroes  »

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$139,796 (USA)

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Helena Bonham Carter was set to play the lead role, but dropped out when the original director was removed from the project. See more »

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Hanna Senesh: Israel's Joan of Arc
31 January 2004 | by (Chicago, IL) – See all my reviews

Hanna's War is the true story of Hanna Senesh, a Hungarian-Jewish WW2 resistance fighter, who would become Israel's "Joan of Arc. As a young person, she fled Nazi-occupied Hungary for Palestine, where she was recruited and trained by the British to serve as a commando.

After completing her training in Britain, she parachutes into Yugoslavia with a commando team to establish escape routes across the Hungarian-Yugoslavian border for downed British pilots. Her attempts to save Hungarian Jews in Nazi-occupied Hungary, however, leads to her capture, torture and demise at the hands of the Gestapo and the Nazi-controlled Hungarian police.

The movie is based on the "The Diaries Of Hanna Senesh" and the book, A Great Wind Cometh, by Yoel Palgi. The scenes of Hanna being sadistically brutalized by the Gestapo and the Nazi-Hungarians is absolutely heart-wrenching and difficult to watch. Think of a cross between Joan of Arc and William Wallace of "Braveheart," and you have Hanna Senesh.

Maruschka Detmers renders an outstanding portrayal in this movie, although she is a little bit too pretty to come across convincingly as a resistance fighter and martyr.

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