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The Execution (1985)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 14 January 1985
The members of a San Diego Wednesday night womens' mah jongg club are five survivors of a Nazi concentration camp. They recognize the owner of a local restaurant, Walter Grossman, as a ... See full summary »

Director:

Paul Wendkos

Writers:

Oliver Crawford (novel), Oliver Crawford (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Loretta Swit ... Marysia Walenka
Rip Torn ... Wilheim Gehbert
Jessica Walter ... Gertrude Simon
Barbara Barrie ... Sophie Langbein
Sandy Dennis ... Elsa Spahn
Valerie Harper ... Hannah Epstein
Martin E. Brooks ... Martin Renner
Michael Lerner ... Sidney Ferraro
Allan Miller ... Ted Simon
Alan Oppenheimer ... Max Langbein
John Randolph ... Judge
Peter White ... Gil Spahn
Robert Hooks ... Alton Reese
Rita Zohar
Jered Barclay Jered Barclay
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Storyline

The members of a San Diego Wednesday night womens' mah jongg club are five survivors of a Nazi concentration camp. They recognize the owner of a local restaurant, Walter Grossman, as a doctor from the camp who performed experiments on them as young girls. To their horror they learn that he has already been tried as a war criminal and has served but a few years for his crimes. They decide that they will "execute" him, drawing lots to determine which one will perform the act, without letting the others know who it is. Written by Herman Seifer <alagain@aol.com>

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Survivors of a Nazi concentration camp decide to take justice to a whole new level

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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A great collection of character actresses in this important movie
29 March 2015 | by alphanwizardSee all my reviews

I think that some of the reviews are fair but also harsh in that one has to keep in mind that this is an old TV made movie wherein back in the mid 80's on TV no less they were limited to how much they could do and show with families watching and it felt like it was more of a movie for/about Women as if made for the Lifetime channel.

Youtube has two old TV ad Trailers for this movie showing all the actresses

I saw this movie as a teenager, mainly for Valerie Harper, I loved everything she did :) and I love character actresses, so this was a feast of talent for me to appreciate. Granted the story was a bit weak and the accents? not so good but I most certainly did get caught up in the emotional pain and suffering that they were reliving from their past and how it was wrecking their lives as adults, but as Women do, they drew strength and support from each other.

I think it also has historical value esp. if one's past relatives were survivors of the camps because the Nazi experiments on young Women, Jewish, Gypsy and on twins is not as well known still to a lot of people.

So if you are a TV fan of character actresses and or a Jewish person then I think that you will appreciate this TV made movie for what it is but don't judge it by today's standards.

OT actor Leonard Nimoy and Blythe Danner had also acted in a post Holocaust survivor TV made movie that was very good as well.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 January 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bödeln från Birkenau See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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