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The Island on Bird Street (1997)

PG-13 | | Drama, War | 11 April 1997 (Denmark)
During World War II a Jewish boy is left on his own for months in a ruined house in the Warsaw Ghetto, where he must learn all the tricks of survival under constantly life-threatening conditions.

Writers:

Uri Orlev (novel), John Goldsmith (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick Bergin ... Stefan
Jordan Kiziuk ... Alex
Jack Warden ... Boruch
James Bolam ... Doctor Studjinsky
Stefan Sauk ... Goehler
Simon Gregor Simon Gregor ... Henryk
Lee Ross ... Freddy
Suzanna Hamilton ... Stasya's Mother
Sian Nicola Liquorish Sian Nicola Liquorish ... Stasya
Michael Byrne ... Bolek
Heather Tobias Heather Tobias ... Mrs. Studjinsky
Leon Silver Leon Silver ... Mr. Gryn
Sue Jones-Davies Sue Jones-Davies ... Mrs. Gryn
Nigel John Whitear Nigel John Whitear ... Yanek
Misha Daniel King Misha Daniel King ... Avrum
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Alex is an 11-year old boy who, during WWII, hides in the Jewish ghetto from Nazis after all the relatives have been sent to the concentration camp. The movie portrays the ghetto through his eyes. Written by Anonymous

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nazi | jewish ghetto | jewish | boy | mouse | See All (16) »

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Drama | War

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Rated PG-13 for violence | See all certifications »

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Based on the semi-autobiographical Hebrew book "The Island on Birds Street" (HaI BeRehov HaTziporim), by Israeli author Uri Orlev. See more »

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Alex: A man should never drink alone!
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Good young actor.
26 June 2005 | by erateeSee all my reviews

I don't know if the story's true - it might be. Makes you think. At times makes you even feel that it is real - right in very front of you.

I found myself from all the hiding games. The boy's events were partly an adventure - playing hide and seek with the gestapo (panthers) all by himself with his assistant Snow (Friday). And partly a nightmare where the war grips everything away and leaves you no choice but to crawl into your hideout and cry. You really feel&fear for the kid when soldiers come to find the last of the Jews again and again and again...

I think the director made quite a decent job (at least above the average) by telling the story so visually. Not too much talking here - and it is mostly in English, which is odd. Although some scenes I would've done differently.

I didn't know the composer was Z.Preisner until read it here, but you sure will notice a meister at work. At least when the ending credits roll.


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Release Date:

11 April 1997 (Denmark) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Wroclaw, Dolnoslaskie, Poland

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Dolby

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