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The Grey Zone (2001)

R  |   |  Drama, History, War  |  30 November 2001 (Spain)
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A Nazi doctor, along with the Sonderkomando, Jews who are forced to work in the crematoria of Auschwitz against their fellow Jews, find themselves in a moral grey zone.

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Max Rosenthal
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Cohen
George Zlatarev ...
Lowy (as Georgy Zlatarev)
Dimitar Ivanov ...
Old Man
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Simon Schlermer
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'Hesch' Abramowics
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Henry Stram ...
Kamelia Grigorova ...
Girl
Lisa Benavides ...
Anja
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Dina
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The true story of Dr. Miklos Nyiszli, a Hungarian Jew chosen by Josef Mengele to be the head pathologist at Auschwitz. Nyiszli was one of Auschwitz's Sonderkommandos - Special Squads of Jewish prisoners placed by the Nazis in the excruciating moral dilemma of helping to exterminate fellow Jews in exchange for a few more months of life. Together, the Sonderkommandos struggled to organize the only armed revolt that would ever take place at Auschwitz. As the rebellion is about to commence, a group from the unit discovers a 14-year-old girl who has miraculously survived a gassing. A catalyst for their desperate attempt at personal redemption, the men become obsessed with saving this one child, even if doing so endangers the uprising which could save thousands. To what terrible lengths are we willing to go to save our own lives, and what in turn would we sacrifice to save the lives of others? Written by Sujit R. Varma

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The Story You Haven't Seen

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

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30 November 2001 (Spain)  »

Also Known As:

A szürke zóna  »

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$24,526 (USA) (18 October 2002)

Gross:

$507,443 (USA) (13 December 2002)
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A 90%/scale reproduction of the Auschwitz/Birkenau death camp was constructed near Sofia, Bulgaria, for the shooting of this film. The actual plans for the original Auschwitz camp were used to build the set. See more »

Goofs

Overall shots show four crematoria side by side. In reality crematoria 4 and 5 were located quite a distance away from the other two. See more »

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Title Card: Dr. Miklos Nyiszli survived internment. He died of natural cause a decade after his release from the camps, never having practiced medicine again. His wife died in the late 1970s. The whereabouts of his daughter is unknown.
Title Card: Oberscharfuhrer Eric Muhsfeldt was tried in Cracow by the Supreme National Tribunal in 1947, where he was sentenced to death. The sentence was carried out.
Title Card: Of thirteen consecutive units of Sonderkommandos at Auschwitz, the twelfth rebelled. Its members destroyed nearly half ...
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The Grey Zone End Credit Music
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You will never be the same after watching this movie
11 August 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is truly one of the most disturbing films I have ever seen. If the goal of a great movie is to make its viewer changed forever, "The Grey Zone" certainly has succeeded. Yes it is not "Schindlers List". It has no uplifting theme, other than that in the face of no hope, doomed individuals tried desperately, if for nothing else, to save one life among millions of doomed. In the end even that effort is futile.

It's images are haunting.

Do to its depressing topic and even more disturbing ending others have criticized this movie as not being "entertaining". In fact it is entertaining. It is a horror movie of the real kind. The horror of human evil based on prejudice and hatred.

Everyone needs to see this movie, with the exception of those who lived through it, as they already know!


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