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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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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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USA

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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

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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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Featured in The Last Days of the Big Lie (2009) See more »

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Czardas Princess Highlights Overture
Written by Emmerich Kálmán (as Emmerich Kalman)
(c)1957 Vox Productions Inc., New York
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Should be required viewing for everyone
1 November 2006 | by Chung MoSee all my reviews

There have been a number of Holocaust films, dramatic and documentary, and all have some measure of success in conveying the immense horror of Nazi psychosis. This film is one of the best I've seen. It sticks to personal stories and that makes the difference. Dry written narration removes the vastness of the evil perpetrated.

It took decades for the real horror of the Nazi extermination to be adequately shown to the public. We should use this film as an example of the mindset that drives current holocausts being perpetrated right now or being openly planned by international leaders. It doesn't matter who is being persecuted, the open hated and psychosis of the perpetrators is on display here, you can easily see the same aberrant thought processes in action right now in Africa and the Middle East.

If only the world could show the courage that was clearly lacking in the 1930's.


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