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The Ritchie Boys (2004)

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During WWII, the U.S. formed an elite intelligence unit -- mostly German Jewish academics -- at Camp Ritchie, Maryland. Tasked with devising ways to break the morale of the SS, these men ... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
Michael Hanrahan ...
Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Werner Angress ...
Victor Brombert ...
Herself (archive footage)
Himself (archive footage)
Philip Glaessner ...
Hans Peter Hallwachs ...
Narrator (voice)
Fred Howard ...
Si Lewen ...
Thomas Mann ...
Himself (archive footage)
Rudy Michaels ...
Morris Parloff ...
Richard Schifter ...
Hans Spear ...
Guy Stern ...


During WWII, the U.S. formed an elite intelligence unit -- mostly German Jewish academics -- at Camp Ritchie, Maryland. Tasked with devising ways to break the morale of the SS, these men are often credited with bringing an early end to the war. Some of these heroes, who are now in the eighties, are reunited in this documentary. Written by IMDb Editors

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13 February 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Ritchie Boys  »

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Christian Bauer was only able to fund this movie after making Missing Allen: The Man Who Became a Camera (2002). See more »


[first lines]
title cards: Between 1933 and 1939, countless Germans, Austrians, and Czechoslovakians flee their home countries. For them, a visa to the United States is the most valuable document in the world.
Guy Stern: I emigrated to America in October 1939. Germany permitted people like myself to leave, provided you didn't have very much. We arrived in New York with $3 - my mother had $3 and I had $3. America was a fantasy at that point, which turned out to be a reality.
Guy Stern: [lecturing] Who were the first ones who did ...
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Fascinating historic documentary, laced with ironic humor
13 November 2011 | by (US) – See all my reviews

Unique, sweet documentary about a mostly Jewish group of refugees who had fled to America, and, wanting to do something to fight Hitler, became an intelligence unit for the Army.

While occasionally very sad and moving, more than most WW II documentaries there is a big dose of ironic Jewish humor in these men, as well as a very positive life force.

Simple in its construction -- mostly talking heads intercut with photos and newsreel footage -- it manages to capture the awful insanity of war and the power of refusing to give up a sense of humor at the same time.

A rare and powerful combination.

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