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The Last Days (1998)

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In late 1944, even as they faced imminent defeat, the Nazis expended enormous resources to kill or deport over 425,000 Jews during the "cleansing" of Hungary. This Oscar-winning documentary... See full summary »

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James Moll
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Bill Basch Bill Basch ... Himself - Holocaust Survivor
Martin Basch Martin Basch ... Himself - Son
Randolph Braham Randolph Braham ... Himself - Historian and Holocaust Survivor (as Dr. Randolph Braham)
Alice Lok Cahana Alice Lok Cahana ... Herself - Holocaust Survivor
Michael Cahana Michael Cahana ... Himself - Son
Warren Dunn Warren Dunn ... Himself - US Army, Dachau
Bernard Firestone Bernard Firestone ... Himself - Husband
Renee Firestone Renee Firestone ... Herself - Holocaust Survivor (as Renée Firestone)
Dario Gabbai Dario Gabbai ... Himself - Sonderkommando, Birkenau
Tom Lantos Tom Lantos ... Himself - Holocaust Survivor
Katsugo Miho Katsugo Miho ... Himself - US Army, Dachau
Hans Münch ... Himself - Nazi Doctor, Auschwitz (as Dr. Hans Münch)
Paul Parks Paul Parks ... Himself - US Army, Dachau (as Dr. Paul Parks)
Irene Zisblatt Irene Zisblatt ... Herself - Holocaust Survivor
Robin Zisblatt Robin Zisblatt ... Herself - Daughter
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Storyline

In late 1944, even as they faced imminent defeat, the Nazis expended enormous resources to kill or deport over 425,000 Jews during the "cleansing" of Hungary. This Oscar-winning documentary, executive produced by Steven Spielberg, focuses on the plight of five Hungarian Jews who survived imprisonment in Auschwitz. Though these survivors recount the horrors they witnessed and endured as a result of the Nazis' "Final Solution," their individual triumphs are a testament to hope and humanity. Written by Jwelch5742

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Documentary | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for graphic images and descriptions of Holocaust atrocities | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German | Hungarian

Release Date:

15 July 1999 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Az utolsó napok See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,492, 5 February 1999

Gross USA:

$419,762, 25 April 1999
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Dolby SR

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Hans Zimmer, the composer of the score, provided the music free of charge for the Survivors Of The Shoah Visual History Foundation. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Bill Basch: There is one thing that has troubled me and has troubled the world, that the Germans dedicated man-power and trains and trucks and energy toward the destruction of the Jews to the last day. Had they stopped 6 months before the end of the war and dedicated that energy towards strengthening themselves, they may have carried on the war in London, but it was more important to them to kill the Jew than in winning the war.
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Referenced in Survivors of the Shoah: Visual History Foundation (2004) See more »

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Ado-Noï Ado-Noï
Written by Nambourg, Léon Algazi
Soloist: Adolphe Attia
Musique Liturgique Juive
(c) Le Chant du Monde, Paris - CMT 274993
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Best Documentary Ever!
22 December 2006 | by targetmrktngSee all my reviews

This documentary is by far THE best documentary I have ever seen. I am an American born Hungarian Jew and felt a direct connection to the survivors in the film. The film was very informative and explicit. The images were real...the photographs, the Nazi film clips and so on. You can not help but cry the entire movie. Not because I am a Hungarian Jew who lost family during that Era, but because these are human beings being treated in the worst possible way. If these people would have been rounded up and killed on arrival, that would have been better than what they had to endure before there eventual deaths. This is a movie for ALL people to see...Young and old. I will never forget the stories of these 5 people and the images I witnessed. A true masterpiece!


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