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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 »

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Paul Wendkos

Writers:

Oliver Crawford (novel), Oliver Crawford (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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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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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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 January 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bødeln från Birkenau See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Very Much A "Made For TV' Production
12 July 2010 | by sddavis63See all my reviews

It could have been a lot better. The basic premise had potential. Five women who survived a Nazi concentration camp discover that the camp's commander is now living in Los Angeles and they set out to take their own revenge on him by killing him and facing the consequences as a group by all confessing to the murder. A lot could have been done with that story, but a lot wasn't done with it - or, a lot that was done with it didn't really work. The cast was OK. There were a lot of small screen veterans (Loretta Swit, Valerie Harper, Barbara Barrie among others) so the faces are familiar, although they could have done a better job with the fake accents. The development of the plan is a bit convoluted, and apparently takes place between rounds of a weekly mahjong game that the five play. I could believe the problems that the plot caused on the women's marriages, although thought there was maybe a bit too much focus on that particular issue, and it made this perhaps a bit too "soap-ish." The ending of the movie came as a bit of a surprise, although perhaps it was too contrived. In the end, the basic point here seemed to be that revenge doesn't really satisfy. The women got their revenge, but in the end seemed to acknowledge that they were still trapped in the horrors of their past. That was a decent philosophical reflection on revenge.


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