The Devil's Arithmetic (1999)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama, Fantasy, War  |  28 March 1999 (USA)
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This is another telling of the holocaust, but this time from the perspective of a modern teenage girl who only grudgingly accepts the Jewish traditions, but when she is asked to "open the ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Leonore Stern
Aunt Eva
Lilo Baur ...
Nitzan Sharron ...
Kirsty McFarland ...
Rachel Roddy ...
Ieva Jackeviciute ...
Philip Rham ...
Commandant Krieger
Daniel Rausch ...
Officer Steinbach
Polina Soloveicik ...
Sarah (as Paulina Soloveicik)


This is another telling of the holocaust, but this time from the perspective of a modern teenage girl who only grudgingly accepts the Jewish traditions, but when she is asked to "open the front door" as part of the Seder feast finds herself, not unlike Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, to have entered the 1940's and has stepped into the life of a prisoner in one of the German death camps where she experiences all of its horrors firsthand. Written by BOB STEBBINS <>

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28 March 1999 (USA)  »

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La aritmética del diablo  »

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Did You Know?


By far the most famous and successful movie in which actor Paul Freeman has appeared in his career is Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), in which he plays a French archaeologist who collaborates with the Nazis. In this film, he plays an Orthodox rabbi who is imprisoned in a concentration camp by the Nazis. See more »


Rivkah: They're burning our synagogue!
Hannah Stern: I know! I know! Rivkah, what's worse? Knowing, or not knowing?
Rivkah: I don't know.
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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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This is a fine film for its intended audience.
7 April 1999 | by (Dallas, Texas) – See all my reviews

Overall, the films art direction, cinematography and story line remained consistently good throughout the film. Not knowing the book, I cannot comment on its accuracy. I can say that it kept my attention though out the film. Even though I wanted to see Toto leap up into Hannah's arms in the end, it was still a moving conclusion.

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