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Neighborhood boy Todd Bowden (Renfro) discovers that an old man living on his block named Arthur Denker (Mackellan) is Nazi war criminal. Bowden confronts Denker and offers him a deal: Bowden will not go to the authorities if Denker tells him stories of the concentration camps in WWII. Denker agrees and Bowden starts visiting him regularly. The more stories Bowden hears, the more it affects his personality. Written by
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After Dussander comes down the steps in the Nazi uniform, he approaches Todd and his hat switches hands between shots. See more »
Have you lost your mind? What the hell were you thinking, 'Grandpa'?
What are you so excited about?
Oh, you've got some fucking balls! I could have screwed you up, anything could have happened!
You played it beautifully, boy. I knew you would.
Are you fucking drunk? I could have busted you right there!
Yes, you could have, but you did not. Now, why was that? Your Edward French is not going to give you any more trouble, so now you are upset because the only way you can make things right is to ...
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I was surprised at how good this movie was. The plot line seemed intriguing, but I was worried that it would eventually fall into one of the standard "bad Nazi war criminal found" plots where you always know the ending. This story was much more inventive.
At its core, the movie is about a high school student who discovers that an old man living in his community is a former Nazi war commander. Instead of turning him in, he approaches the man with a very unusual deal. He'll leave the man alone if he can hear first-hand about all the horrible things that were done. This was the plan at least.
The movie needed intense performances - and it got them from McKellen and Renfro. Both are incredibly captivating and scary in their own ways. Coupled with a suspenseful, unpredictable Stephen King story, the movie succeeds well.
If you're a Stephen King fan or simply enjoy thrillers, this movie is worth checking out.
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