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The White Raven (1998)

The White Raven is a huge diamond that was used to ransom a young girl from a German concentration camp during the war. When the camp was liberated, the diamond disappeared and the camp ... See full summary »

Directors:

Jakub Z. Rucinski (as Jakub Rucinski), Andrew Stevens

Writers:

Michael Blodgett (novel), Michael Blodgett (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ron Silver ... Tully Windsor
Joanna Pacula ... Julia Konneman
Roy Scheider ... Tom Heath
Hannes Jaenicke ... Dockmonish
Elizabeth Shepherd ... Hannah Rothschild
Jan Rubes ... Markus Strand
Jack Recknitz Jack Recknitz ... Inspector Zielinski
Doug Lennox ... General Dodd
Larry Poindexter ... Lieutenant Kreister
Agnieszka Wagner ... Zofia
Monika Switaj Monika Switaj ... Wanda
Jerzy Zydkiewicz Jerzy Zydkiewicz ... Uncle Boy
Joanna Kasperska Joanna Kasperska ... Mildred
Wladyslaw Byrdy Wladyslaw Byrdy ... Lou
Jerry Flynn Jerry Flynn ... Alain Levon
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The White Raven is a huge diamond that was used to ransom a young girl from a German concentration camp during the war. When the camp was liberated, the diamond disappeared and the camp commander was imprisoned, but not hung, as he knew the whereabouts of the White Raven. But now he is dying and will only talk to an American journalist by the name of Tully whose grandfather was a sadistic guard at the camp. With different groups looking for the Raven, Tully becomes the key as he must crack the riddle as to the location of the diamond before everyone, including Tully, is eliminated. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Action | Crime | Thriller

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Rated R for violence, language and brief sexuality | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 December 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bialy kruk See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color
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Learn to shoot straight, &%$#@?&!!!
19 June 2003 | by AsurSee all my reviews

I guess that when starting a movie like "The White Raven", a team has two basic choices. They can make a James Bond type of film in which the hero will keep falling into traps most terrible from which he will miraculously escape with his life and tie undisturbed - which is quite OK because we all know in advance that he is indestructible. Or they can make a realistic movie in which the hero is very much destructible and has to depend solely on his wits and on some more or less sympathetic people to survive - if he does survive at all; we can never be sure.

And then there is the third type which tries to combine the first two - which seems to be a sure formula for disaster. "The White Raven" is, of course, just one of many such movies which may start, as this one does, quite decently in the realistic direction and then suddenly turn around, becoming more and more laughable right to the last "deus ex machina" (in this case one of the most stupid I have ever seen).

As such, the movie could perhaps be enjoyed as an unintentional parody if it were not for repeatedly ghoulish scenes which make one think that its authors are fetishists of a rather unpleasant sort; and only to their kind can "The White Raven" be safely recommended.


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