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Europa Europa (1990)

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A boy in Nazi Germany, trying to conceal that he is Jewish, joins the Hitler Youth.

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 8 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Solomon Perel ... Salomon Perel heute (as Salomon Perel)
... Salomon Perel jung
René Hofschneider ... Isaak
... David
Klaus Abramowsky ... Vater
Michèle Gleizer ... Mutter
Marta Sandrowicz ... Bertha
Nathalie Schmidt ... Basia
Delphine Forest ... Inna
... Zenek
Martin Maria Blau ... Ulmayer
... Stalin's Sohn
Klaus Kowatsch ... Schulz
Holger Kunkel ... Kramer
Bernhard Howe ... Feldwebel
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Storyline

A Jewish boy, separated from his family in the early days of WWII, poses as a German orphan and is thereafter taken into the heart of the Nazi world as a 'war hero' and eventually made a Hitler Youth. Although improbabilities and happenstance are cornerstones of the film, it is based upon a true story. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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In the tradition of Voltaire's Candide and Jerzy Kosinski's The Painted Bird.

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Drama | History | War

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Rated R for mature treatment of holocaust issues | See all certifications »

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14 November 1990 (France)  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$31,433, 30 June 1991, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,575,738
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(Eastmancolor)

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1.66 : 1
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The movie was shot simultaneously in English and German. See more »

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When the Russian refugees are fleeing Poland and are strafed by a German fighter plane, the fighter plane is obviously a smaller scale radio controlled model. The airplane resembles a Supermarine Spitfire, an airplane not used by the Germans. See more »

Quotes

Leni's Mother: Are you really German?
Salomon 'Solly' 'Salek' Perel: No. I'm a Jew.
Leni's Mother: I knew it. From the beginning I knew. I swear I won't betray you.
Salomon 'Solly' 'Salek' Perel: I had to tell someone. I couldn't stand it anymore.
Leni's Mother: You mustn't tell Leni.
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Absolutely stunning!
23 March 2004 | by See all my reviews

Hitlerjunge Salomon a.k.a. Europa Europa is probably one of the best films ever made. It delivers hard-to-believe scenes quite often, but knowing it's based on a true story, it just becomes more and more fascinating. It's impossible not to admire the courage and the persistence of Salomon Perel. And a subtle depiction of his real life experiences has given us an adorable movie. I'm personally a fan of Holocaust movies in general, but this one is just special. Fear, anxiety, love, hate, friendship.. Basically, life itself! I really admire Jewish people for enduring this neverending hatred against them; and I admire the Germans who are not afraid to put the magnifying glass on their ancestors' dirty deeds by making such marvellous movies about The Second World War. Nothing much to say about the acting. This is one of the very few movies that the casting is just right, and everyone's the best actor of the movie. Language adaptation could be mentioned as a minor flaw of the movie. There must be enough suitable German, Polish, and Russian actors to play their own countrymen. I wonder why they used foreign actors and thus dubbing instead. In spite of this fact, the movie is simply magnificent, and deserves every kind of praise there is.

10/10


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