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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Outstanding film about outstanding person with outstanding performance.
16 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As a another reviewer states Hanna's War is an outstanding film about an outstanding person, Hanna "Anniko" Senesh, who would become the Jewish Joan Of Arc. Unfortunately I diverge in opinion not agreeing that Miss Detmers as the lead is too beautiful to be taken seriously as a resistance fighter. In truth for me her performance is not held back by her beauty but makes it all the more stark in the terror of the sadistic brutality as a resistor she faces. Maruschka Detmers performance is brave, poignant, heartfelt or understood, and totally believable. In other words for me "In the zone." from the opening credits. If you would like to learn about the suffering of someone else for something they believe in and be impressively entertained give Hanna's War with Maruschka Detmers a try. My hat is off also to Ellen Burstyn as Hanna's mother a much well known and famous actress who could have made effort to walk off with the film. In that it is a team effort perhaps of two actress' but not an All About Eve situation.

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