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A drama based on a true story when the Stirn family lived next to a Nazi POW camp in Wisconsin during W.W.II.

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Frank Stirn
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Ruby Stirn
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Anna Gerkey
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Sam Dolnick
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Florie
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Father Mivkovek
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Sgt. Dominic Rossi
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Gertie Stirn
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Texas Slim
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Dan Griffin
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Mr. Gerkey
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Lester Stirn
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Werner
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Frank Stirn (Eric Stoltz) moves with his family to become a barber for the American Army and POW camp at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, in the summer of 1944. Embittered that he cannot fight, Frank must take a stand when a Nazi SS Officer threatens his wife (Kate Connor, playing her real-life grandmother). Her Catholic sister (Lyndsy Fonseca) falls for a Jewish soldier (Andy Hirsch) haunted by the battle of Monte Cassino and the death of his best friend (Matthew Lawrence). Their audacious friend (Camryn Manheim) encourages the couple, while the local priest (Seymour Cassel) cannot. Frank's daughter befriends a German prisoner boy during this magical summer, but war still finds its victims even thousands of miles from the battlefields in rural America. Written by monterey media inc.

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Rated R for some violence

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$3,000,000 (estimated)

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$4,070 (USA) (15 August 2014)

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$73,678 (USA) (3 October 2014)
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The vast majority of the filming in and around the home used is done at Norskedalen Heritage center near Coon Valley, WI. The home used is the Bekkum Farmstead constructed in 1862. There are no "filmed on location" credits for this at the end of the movie. See more »

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When the German boy puts the egg nest back in the tree, you can see one of the eggs drop as he is climbing down the tree. See more »

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Lester Stirn: [Asking his older sister after buying some candy from Delilah] Why does her skin stick up?
Gertie Stirn: It's her bosom.
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Features Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) See more »

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a little disappointing
11 December 2014 | by See all my reviews

Overall I'm a bit disappointed. I thought this would be an interesting period piece, and I'm a fan of (looking at) Lyndsy Fonseca, who I think is the most beautiful actress out there.

While watching this film I kept having to remind myself that it was filmed 5 years ago. Perhaps during this time, Lyndsy Fonseca has gotten a ton of experience from filming Nikita, Kick Ass, etc. and took lots of acting classes. Honestly I thought her acting was stiff and basically poor in this. The beginning scenes were especially tough to watch.

Getting past that, Eric Stoltz carried the film and delivered a believable performance. I think the supporting cast let him down. Also I wish they had developed some of the story lines of these characters a little bit better. I will say I think the kids in the film did a good job.

I was looking forward to seeing the depiction of a US POW camp. After seeing the film, I question their depiction of the prison camp. The real Fort McCoy was/is huge. There were 4000+ POW's there. From this film, you'd think it was a small place where everyone knew each other. The budget probably made it necessary to slim things down quite a bit.


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