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Out of the Ashes (2003)

TV Movie  |  R  |   |  Drama  |  13 April 2003 (USA)
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Based on a true story, this heart-wrenching film follows the journey of Gisella Perl (Christine Lahti), a Jewish-Hungarian doctor who manages to... Based on a true story, this ... See full summary »

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Gisella Perl
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Peter Schuman
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Jolyon Baker ...
Frederick Krauss
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Marta Weiss
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Moshe Perl
Michelle Fine ...
Fanny Perl
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Didi Goldstein
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Esther Jacob
Ingrid Veninger ...
Zozia
Emma Wellbelove ...
Young Gisella
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Irma Griese
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Jake Smith
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Herman Prentiss
Vytautas Rumsas ...
David Perl
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Based on a true story, this heart-wrenching film follows the journey of Gisella Perl (Christine Lahti), a Jewish-Hungarian doctor who manages to... Based on a true story, this heart-wrenching film follows the journey of Gisella Perl (Christine Lahti), a Jewish-Hungarian doctor who manages to survive Auschwitz. Decades later, she's applying for U.S. citizenship when she becomes accused of colluding with the Nazis. Her judge and jury are three INS investigators (played by Bruce Davison, Richard Crenna and Beau Bridges) who must decide her fate Written by Rottem Tomatoes

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Richard Crenna's final acting project. See more »

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When Gisella Perl is shopping for produce in the market she is called a killer by a women who is missing a bottom tooth. You can easily tell that the tooth is not really missing but obviously blacked out due to the reflection. See more »

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The real Sophie's Choice
13 April 2003 | by (Tampa, Florida) – See all my reviews

Christine Lahti adds another compelling performance to her resume as the real-life doctor Gisella Perl, a Jewish Hungarian doctor imprisoned in Auschwitz in 1944. She is the primary reason to see this film, which also features Richard Crenna in his final film role, as well as character pros Beau Bridges & Bruce Davison as rather smug Immigration officers in the New York of 1947. Perl had emigrated to the US to resume her practice and despite her technical qualifications, had to run a gamut of accusations from Immigration regarding her activities and perceived collaboration with the Nazis at the infamous death camp. Like "Sophie's Choice", the fictional story of Holocaust survival which won Meryl Streep at much-deserved Oscar, "Ashes" makes great use of flashbacks and thick Eastern European accents for realism. The actor playing the mass-murderer Dr. Mengele is particularly chilling in his matter-of-fact way of choosing who should live and who should die, or worse, undergo the scientific quackery of his "experiments". Lahti is just perfect in the role, and the scene of her prayer to her father late in the film is especially moving.


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