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Europa Europa (1990)

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A boy in Nazi Germany, trying to conceal that he is Jewish, joins the Hitler Youth.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Salomon 'Solly' 'Salek' Perel / Josef 'Jupp' Peters
André Wilms ...
Soldier Robert Kellerman
Ashley Wanninger ...
Gerd
Klaus Abramowsky ...
Salomon's Father
Michèle Gleizer ...
Salomon's Mother
Delphine Forest ...
Inna Moyseyevna
René Hofschneider ...
Isaak Perel - Salomon's brother
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Leni
Hanns Zischler ...
Captain von Lerenau Hauptmann.
Martin Maria Blau ...
Ulmayer
Bernhard Howe ...
Feldwebel
Klaus Kowatsch ...
Schulz
Holger Kunkel ...
Kramer
Halina Labonarska ...
Leni's Mother
Andrzej Mastalerz ...
Zenek Dracz
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Storyline

A Jewish boy, separated from his family in the early days of WWII, poses as a German orphan and is thereafter taken into the heart of the Nazi world as a 'war hero' and eventually made a Hitler Youth. Although improbabilities and happenstance are cornerstones of the film, it is based upon a true story. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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Rated R for mature treatment of holocaust issues | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

14 November 1990 (France)  »

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Europa Europa  »

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$5,575,738 (USA)
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The film met with a lukewarm reception in its native Germany, with the local media being less than complementary about it. The German Oscar selection committee did not even include it as a submission for that year's Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. Much embarrassment ensued when it went on to become one of the most successful German films ever released in the US, winning a Golden Globe and an Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay. See more »

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When 'Jupp' leaves the police station after he admits to not possessing 'racial purity' papers, the town is bombed by a modern-era Hercules C-130 transport aircraft. See more »

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Rosemarie: [while having sex with Solly] Mein Führer!
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Fantastic Film!
7 May 2003 | by (Erie, PA) – See all my reviews

Europa, Europa by Agnieszka Holland is a very interesting film. It addresses how far people would go to stay alive. Caught in the hostile warfare, a Jewish boy Solomon Perel realizes that the only way he can survive is by pretending to be one of the Nazis. I was very surprised when I found out that this was a true story. For someone to go through such an horrible experience for so many years and stay normal, its just something I found very fascinating. This movie made me realize that one can never say "I would never do this or that". When you are put in a situation where the only two options you have are survival or death, there is no doubt that most of us would do anything to survive. Even that what Solomon did himself. As I watched this film I thought about the war I have experienced. There were so many people that would have done anything to survive. Actually, there were many instances where people surrendered and joined the other side, just to stay alive or save their family. I know of a girl that got married with a guy (her enemy basically) just to stay alive. What sets this movie apart is that this a true story and the person that is depicted in this film is still alive.

Great movie. Must See.


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