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House of the Generals (2003)

10 million Ukrainians lost their lives in the first half of the 20th Century. 600,000 Ukrainian Jews perished, victims of Hitler and Stalin. Ukraine amassed thousands of World War II ... See full summary »


Dan Spigel


Grant James, Dan Spigel (screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Credited cast:
Farah White ... Liza Kharacter
Michelle Irving Michelle Irving ... Gitel Polovoya
Elena Burunova Elena Burunova ... Sonya Kharacter
Jennifer Harris ... Liza Kharacter as a child
Grant James ... Herschel Kharacter
Luke Adams Luke Adams ... Don Kharacter
Bill Kent Bill Kent ... Sasha
Stephanie Garner Stephanie Garner ... Ganya Kharacter (as Stephanie Swanson)
Catherine Holmes Catherine Holmes ... Anna Cherkova
Peter Sanders Peter Sanders ... Abrasha Minkin
Matt Prescott Morton Matt Prescott Morton ... Serge (as Matt Morton)
Jimmy Costello Jimmy Costello ... Russian Gen. Vladimir Plotvich
Roger Hamilton Roger Hamilton ... Yakov
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Cynthia Aguiar Cynthia Aguiar ... Rene
Nellja Allen Nellja Allen ... Train passenger


10 million Ukrainians lost their lives in the first half of the 20th Century. 600,000 Ukrainian Jews perished, victims of Hitler and Stalin. Ukraine amassed thousands of World War II monuments. Half of the Russian losses occurred in Ukraine. Based on a true story. Written by Dan Spigel <danspigel@houseofthegenerals.com>

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Official Sites:

Ganya Film





Release Date:

15 May 2003 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Dallas, Texas, USA See more »

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Ganya Film Productions See more »
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The film contains a scene where several characters are loaded onto silver-colored vintage railway boxcars. As of early 2018, the set for this sequence still exists behind the Albertson's grocery store on Crawford Street in downtown Denison, Texas. See more »


Poor composition of the green-screen shot when the Kharacter family boards the train; the train car on the left appears too large and the floor levels do not match. (Passenger train cars are always built with uniform floor levels to ensure that boarding platforms and adjacent-car floors will always line up.) See more »

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One House Many Tenants
20 July 2006 | by cristina-mSee all my reviews

The "House" in the title is an elegant mansion in the Ukraine that silently shelters opposing forces of World War II. One Jewish family house-sits for a General who exits stage-left very quickly for political reasons. His house sitters need to make the same quick exit into hiding, which begins their epic saga, a well acted and directed survival story that you are compelled to watch from beginning to end. I was impressed with the quality of this quiet little film that tells such a huge story of human spirit. Battle scenes of freedom fighters, aerial bombings of a train bound for freedom, frightened hungry fugitives hiding under bushes in the dirt, trusting in the kindness of strangers. The strength of spirit of these Ukrainian Jews stands in proud juxtaposition to the memory of the cruelty accredited to those notorious Ukrainian guards who manned the camps. It must be something in the water. See this film. You won't be disappointed.

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