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Varian's War (2001)

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Varian Fry rescues more than 2,000 artists from Nazi persecution during World War II.

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Lionel Chetwynd

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Lionel Chetwynd
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
William Hurt ... Varian Fry
Howard Ryshpan ... Konditerei Owner
Carol Shamy Carol Shamy ... The Owner's Wife
Harald Winter Harald Winter ... First Brownshirt
Susan Almgren Susan Almgren ... Eileen Fry (as Susie Almgren)
Barry Blake Barry Blake ... Drury
Noel Burton Noel Burton ... Thompson
Emma Campbell ... Clifton's Girl
Ian Finlay Ian Finlay ... Ballroom Man 1
Maitreya Friedman Maitreya Friedman ... Ballroom Woman (as Maitreya Frieman)
Alain Goulem ... Clifton
Christopher B. MacCabe ... Ballroom Man 2 (as Christopher Maccabe)
Walter Massey Walter Massey ... Sydney
Tom Rack Tom Rack ... Reinhold Neibuhr
Michael Rudder Michael Rudder ... Thomas Mann
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After witnessing the treatment of Jews in Nazi territory made him physically sick, cultured American gentleman Varian Fry starts en emergency rescue commission to raise funds and lobby to help intellectuals and artists, especially Jews, escape from Vichy France -where the Pétain government avoid occupation only by utter collaboration- to the US, and for lack of a better volunteer personally sets out in search of them. First lady Eleanor Roosevelt personally overcomes the reticence of the State Department. In Marseille he finds the people he specifically looked for, such as Marc Chagall, already housed by Harry Bingham, a Jewish US consulate official so he starts screening less obvious candidates and examines with Miriam Davenport and a German social democrat they pass for US clergyman Beamish how some can be rescued legally, others via a clandestine route, while colonel Joubert's State Police is at their trace... Written by KGF Vissers

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He changed the world forever. One person at a time. The true story of the American Schindler.

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Drama | War

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English | French | German | Italian

Release Date:

22 April 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Au service de la liberté See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada

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Stereo

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Near the beginning of the movie, Varian is holding the "Foreign Affairs" book differently depending on the camera angle. See more »

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A film about "America's Schindler" but no Schindler's List.
23 April 2001 | by =G=See all my reviews

"Varian's War" tells of Varian Fry, an American citizen who sets about to liberate the great minds of Europe in the years prior to American involvement in WWII. An entertaining historical drama built for Showtime, this well made but somewhat scripted and theatrical film illuminates the mechanics of Fry's mission but is more stilted than engaging, more mechanical than compelling, and possibly bit off a piece of history bigger than what it could chew. Worth watching more for historical than dramatic value.


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