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In the Presence of Mine Enemies (1997)

PG-13 | | Drama, War | TV Movie 20 April 1997
A Rabbi in the Warsaw Ghetto in Poland in 1942 fights to maintain his stance of peace and acceptance of his fellow man despite the growing turmoil and atrocities created by the Nazis. ... See full summary »

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Rod Serling
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Armin Mueller-Stahl ... Rabbi Adam Heller
Charles Dance ... Captain Richter
Elina Löwensohn ... Rachel Heller
Chad Lowe ... Sergeant Lott
Don McKellar ... Paul Heller
Peter Friedman ... Kohn
Tony Nardi ... Emmanuel
John Dunn-Hill ... Josef Chinik
Diana Skaya Diana Skaya ... Child Singer
Ely Bonder Ely Bonder ... Singer's Father
Jason Shayne Schwartz ... Israel
Alon Nashman Alon Nashman ... Baruch
Susan Almgren Susan Almgren ... Mrs. Carwine (as Susie Almgren)
Saba Cottle Saba Cottle ... Miriam
Howard Rosenstein ... Bookseller
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Storyline

A Rabbi in the Warsaw Ghetto in Poland in 1942 fights to maintain his stance of peace and acceptance of his fellow man despite the growing turmoil and atrocities created by the Nazis. Meanwhile his son becomes more militaristic with each new offense and a young German soldier offended by the actions he sees decides to help the rabbi's daughter escape from the Ghetto after she is raped by an officer. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Drama | War

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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements and some scenes of violence | See all certifications »
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A TV movie for the Showtime network. See more »

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Remake of Playhouse 90: In the Presence of Mine Enemies (1960) See more »

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The Unsung Hero of the Movie World
18 August 2000 | by cabrit_sans_corSee all my reviews

For nights after watching this movie, I found it difficult to sleep. The suffering of the many innocent victims of the holocaust as portrayed in this movie haunted me deeply.

This movie tells the moving story of the wretched Rabbi Heller who's heart refuses to accept the sheer magnitude of the atrocities. He has a son, Paul, who has spent time in a concentration camp, turning him into a bitter and resentful young man, and his young daughter, Rachel, who will suffer horribly in the hands of the Nazis.

Yet there is a glimmer of hope in the darkness...the Nazis, evil as they may be, are also human. The last, thin thread of humanity that remains in them is manifested in Sergeant Lott (in a particularly powerful performance by Chad Lowe), who is torn between obeying the orders of his captain and following what he really believes to be right.

But this movie is not in the least cliched. It is an accurate account of the holocaust, so realistic it will give you cold chills with its beautifully written screenplay, stunning settings, and a gorgeous soundtrack that sets the mood for this trip back in time to WW2.

If there is only one movie you will watch, this is it. 'In the Presence of Mine Enemies' is truly the unsung hero of the movie world.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 April 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

En presencia de mis enemigos See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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