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Sunshine (1999)

R  |   |  Drama, History, Romance  |  17 December 1999 (Canada)
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The fate of a Hungarian Jewish family throughout the 20th century.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Ignatz Sonnenschein / Adam Sors / Ivan Sors
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Valerie Sors
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Greta
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Valerie Sonnenschein
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Maj. Carole Kovács
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Hannah Wippler
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Gustave Sonnenschein
David de Keyser ...
Emmanuel Sonnenschein
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Gustave Sors
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Rose Sonnenschein
Rüdiger Vogler ...
Gen. Jakofalvy
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István Sors
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Minister of Justice
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Comrade Gen. Kope
Hanns Zischler ...
Baron Margitta
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Storyline

The film follows a Jewish family living in Hungary through three generations, rising from humble beginnings to positions of wealth and power in the crumbling Austro-Hungarian Empire. The patriarch becomes a prominent judge but is torn when his government sanctions anti-Jewish persecutions. His son converts to Christianity to advance his career as a champion fencer and Olympic hero, but is caught up in the Holocaust. Finally, the grandson, after surviving war, revolution, loss and betrayal, realizes that his ultimate allegiance must be to himself and his heritage. Written by <gatsby@freemail.hu>

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En skæbnefortælling om tre generationer i kamp for at overleve. [Denmark] See more »

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Drama | History | Romance | War

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Rated R for strong sexuality, and for violence, language and nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

17 December 1999 (Canada)  »

Also Known As:

The Taste of Sunshine  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$84,869 (USA) (9 June 2000)

Gross:

$5,095,981 (USA) (2 February 2001)
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The character of Adam Sonnenschein/Sors draws heavily upon the life and death of two great Hungarian Jewish sabreurs, 'Attila Petschauer' and Endre Kabos (winner of the Olympic Gold in Sabre at the 1936 Berlin Games). Tragically, neither survived World War II and the Holocaust. See more »

Goofs

When fencing for the gold medal, Adam Sors' opponent has his foot way across the line at the start. This would never be allowed at the Olympics. See more »

Quotes

Gen. Jakofalvy: Anti-semitism is a creed of resentful and unsuccessful people... the philosophy of Philistines; it's in bad taste.
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References Citizen Kane (1941) See more »

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Dunnyuska
Performed by Miklós Tabányi
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Holocaust Fatigue?
8 February 2005 | by (Washington, D.C.) – See all my reviews

Schindler's List was apparently enough for most film goers. "Sunshine," superior to "Schindler" in many respects, got fewer accolades and much less attention. Why do I think "Sunshine" is superior to "Schindler?" Primarily because it tells the story of the Holocaust through the lens of a single family whose pre-Holocaust history gives a dimension and depth to the tragedy of that family that "Schlinder" is incapable of providing because of its quite different narrative strategy and focus. To be sure, "Schindler's" narrative sweep affords a greater sense than "Sunshine" of the scope of the slaughter. But "Sunshine" stands in relation to "Schindler" as a novel stands to a work of history. One brings the insights offered by individual tragedies, the other brings more of a societal perspective. The best "Holocaust" film, however, remains in this viewer's opinion, "The Pawnbroker" with Rod Stieger, which had an even narrower focus than "Sunshine" and brought the horror of the Holocaust to life by exploring the emotional desolation/death suffered by a single survivor. A truly great film.


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