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The fate of a Hungarian Jewish family throughout the 20th century.



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Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 11 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »



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


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 <>

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In a time of revolution, in a family torn by tradition, one man was consumed by love. See more »


Drama | History | Romance | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

14 July 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Taste of Sunshine  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


$5,095,981 (USA) (2 February 2001)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jennifer Ehle, who plays Young Valerie, is the daughter of Rosemary Harris, who plays Older Valerie. See more »


When Adam Sors returns to Budapest after the 1936 Olympics, there is a brief shot of the train station in Budapest showing several Bzmot type trains that were first put in use in 1977. See more »


Adam Sors: Never give up your religion. Not for God. God is present in all religions. But if your life becomes a struggle for acceptance, you'll always be unhappy. Religion may not be perfect, but it is a well-built boat that can stay balanced and carry you to the other shore. Our life is nothing but a boat adrift on water balanced by permanent uncertainty. About the people whom you will judge, know this; all they do is struggle to find a kind of security. They're just people, like us. Therefore you ...
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References Citizen Kane (1941) See more »


Wedding March
Composed by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Arranged by Patrick Russ
Performed by Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin (as Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchestra Berlin)
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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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