Divided We Fall (2000)
"Musíme si pomáhat" (original title)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama, War  |  16 March 2000 (Czech Republic)
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In Nazi occupied Czechoslovakia, a childless couple agree to hide a Jewish friend at great personal risk of discovery and execution.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bolek Polívka ...
Josef Cízek
Anna Sisková ...
Marie Cizková
Csongor Kassai ...
David Wiener
Jaroslav Dusek ...
Horst Prohaska
Martin Huba ...
Dr. Albrecht Kepke
Jirí Pecha ...
Frantisek Simácek
Simona Stasová ...
Libuse Simácková
Vladimír Marek ...
SS Officer
Richard Tesarík ...
Karel Hermánek ...
Captain (voice)
Otto Sevcík ...
SS Offcier
Jirí Kodet ...
Dr. Fischer-Rybáf
Petr Knotek
Helena Neuwirthová
Nelly Kocarjan


In World War II Nazi occupied Czechoslovakia, a childless couple, Josef and Marie Cizek, can only watch while the Jewish family of their employers, the Wieners, are first removed from their own home to a spare room in their house by the Nazis, then deported to Theresienstadt concentration camp. Years later, young David Wiener, the sole surviving member of that family has managed to escape and make it to the Cizeks. Although fully aware of the extreme danger of harbouring a Jew in the Third Reich, the Cizek's can not permit themselves to leave David to certain death and agree to hide him. However, this decision leads to terrible danger of discovery by the Nazis and especially their friend and Nazi collaborator, Horst Prohazka, who is attracted to Marie. With desperate cleverness and luck, the Cizeks struggle to keep the secret, even when Horst begins to suspect. In doing so, they find themselves making unorthodox choices and learning about the true nature of the people around them. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@rogers.com>

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In a war-torn village, one couple makes the ultimate sacrifice to save another.


Comedy | Drama | War

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Rated PG-13 for some violence and sexual content | See all certifications »





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16 March 2000 (Czech Republic)  »

Also Known As:

Divided We Fall  »

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$28,583 (USA) (8 June 2001)


$1,320,112 (USA) (21 December 2001)

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Czech Republic's official submission to 73rd Academy Award's Foreign Language in 2001. See more »


Referenced in Particka: Episode #6.8 (2013) See more »

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Beautifully acted and finely nuanced portrayal of wartime loyalties
18 June 2001 | by (New York, USA) – See all my reviews

This movie is intelligent and thought provoking as it examines, without judgment, the human capacity for both good and evil in its portrayal of several citizens of a small town in Czechoslovakia during the Nazi occupation. It is rare that a movie be harrowing, funny, sweet, and heart wrenching without being contrived. What distinguishes this movie about wartime loyalties and collaboration with the enemy from well worn cliches is its finely nuanced portrayal of each character. Not every collaborator is deserving of punishment and not every so called resistance fighter is a hero. It is an emotionally rewarding movie and it shows that human behavior cannot be reduced to a Manichean struggle.

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