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

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Varian Fry
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Konditerei Owner
Carol Shamy ...
The Owner's Wife
Harald Winter ...
First Brownshirt
Susan Almgren ...
Eileen Fry (as Susie Almgren)
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Drury
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Thompson
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Clifton's Girl
Ian Finlay ...
Ballroom Man 1
Maitreya Friedman ...
Ballroom Woman (as Maitreya Frieman)
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Clifton
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Ballroom Man 2 (as Christopher Maccabe)
Walter Massey ...
Sydney
Tom Rack ...
Reinhold Neibuhr
Michael Rudder ...
Thomas Mann
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Ballroom Woman 2
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Karl Frank
Bill Corday ...
Diplomat
Sheena Larkin ...
Mrs. Roosevelt
Tony Robinow ...
Bureaucrat
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Splendide Clerk
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Freier
Victoria Barkoff ...
Frau Willie
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Older Woman
Harvey Berger ...
Older Man
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Mme Fanny
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Second Civilian (as Alexandre Bisping)
Lorne Brass ...
Lion Feuchtwanger
Bibi Burton ...
Nelly Mann
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Angelo
Gloria Carlin ...
Bella Chagall
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Marcello
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Beamish
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Sixteen-Year-Old
Kliment Denchev ...
Stravinsk
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Distinguished Man (as Thomas Donahue)
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Heinrich Mann
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Woman in Office
David Francis ...
US Consul Jamison
Sam Gesser ...
Old Man in street
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Colonel Joubert (as Remy Girard)
Renée Girard ...
Older Woman 2
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Marius Franken
Tamar Kozlov ...
Teenage Girl
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Gestapo Officer (as Mark Anthony Krupa)
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Real Estate Agent
Pierre LeBlanc ...
Gendarme Clerk (as Pierre Leblanc)
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Eldery Refugee
Richard Lemire ...
Gendarme Captain
Bonfield Marcoux ...
French Officer (as Bondfield Marcoux)
Kent McQuaid ...
Young Painter
Joel Miller ...
Marc Chagall
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Mme Joubert
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Miriam Davenport
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Consul Willie
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Naval Officer
François Pratte ...
Harried Man
Miriam Samuels ...
Teased Old Woman
Christophe Rapin ...
First Civilian
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Alma Werfel-Mahler
Lenie Scoffié ...
Splendide Maid (as Leni Scoffié)
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Sad Woman 1
Marjorie Silcoff ...
Thirtyish Woman
Paul-Antoine Taillefer ...
Port Café Waiter
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French Porter
Leah Vineberg ...
Sad Woman 2
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Franz Werfel
Elyzabeth Walling ...
Hannah Arendt
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Harry Bingham
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Woman (uncredited)
Jeremy Zafran ...
Man (uncredited)

Directed by

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Lionel Chetwynd

Written by

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Lionel Chetwynd ... (written by)

Produced by

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Cis Corman ... executive producer
Michael Deakin ... producer
Danièle Rohrbach ... line producer
Barbra Streisand ... executive producer
Kevin Tierney ... producer
Edward Wessex ... executive producer

Music by

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Neil Smolar

Cinematography by

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Daniel Jobin ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Denis Papillon

Editorial Department

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Victor August ... negative cutter
Aldan Berg ... studio coordinator (as Alban Berg)
Ginette Blain ... negative cutter
Luce Bélanger ... technical director
Claudette Champagne ... negative cutter
Pierre Duceppe ... laboratory coordinator
Francine Gauthier ... colour timer
Christian Gravel ... assistant editor
Roger La Prairie ... colorist
Marc Lussier ... colorist / final colorist
Brian MacLeod ... laboratory coordinator (as Brian A. McLeod)
Charles Obrul ... laboratory coordinator
Louis-Martin Paradis ... assistant editor
Debs Richardson ... post-production assistant
Louise Seymour ... post-production coordinator
Marie-Eve Talbot ... assistant editor

Casting By

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Nadia Miller
Vera Miller

Production Design by

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Raymond Dupuis

Art Direction by

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Marc Bonin
Michel Langevin

Set Decoration by

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Frances Calder ... key decorator
Camille Parent ... decorator
François Sénécal ... decorator

Costume Design by

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Nicoletta Massone

Makeup Department

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Claudette B. Casavant ... makeup artist: extras (as Claudette Casavant)
Béatrice de Lempdes ... assistant makeup artist (as Béatrice Delampes)
Sandro Di Gioacchino ... assistant hairdresser (as Sandro Digiocchino)
Nathalie Garon ... assistant hairdresser
Johanne Gravel ... makeup artist
Daniel Jacob ... assistant hairdresser
Martin Lapointe ... hairdresser
Lorraine Le Compte ... assistant hairdresser (as Lorraine Lecompte)
Martine Léveillé ... hairdresser: extras (as Martine Léveillée)
Manon Miserany ... assistant hairdresser
Johanne Paiement ... key hair stylist
Corrine Poizat ... assistant hairdresser (as Corinne Poizat)
Marie-Angèle Protat ... key makeup artist (as Marie-Angèle Breitner-Protat)
Pina Rizzi ... assistant hairdresser

Production Management

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Jean-Yves Dolbec ... unit manager
Gary Evans ... Post Production Supervisor
Pierre Lapointe ... assistant unit manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Anabelle Berkani ... third assistant director (as Annabelle Berkani)
Claude Dallaire ... second assistant director
Mireille Goulet ... first assistant director
Auree Tommi Lepage ... third assistant director (as Aurée Lepage Tommi)

Art Department

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Lyonnel Auffret ... painter (as Lionel Auffret)
Francis Back ... storyboard artist
François Blanchard ... scenic technician
Geneviève Boudreault ... painter
Renée Boulais ... painter
Patrick Boulianne ... scenic technician
Stéphane Brunelle ... set props assistant
André Bédard ... scenic technician
Frances Calder ... key decorator
Fabrice Callegher ... set props assistant
Nicolas Campeau ... scenic technician
Jean-Andre Carriere ... set designer
Denis Caspar ... key scenic artist
Simon Chamberland ... props master
Sebastian De Fontenay ... scenic technician
Jean-Claude Dubé ... draftsman
Stéphane Dufour ... assistant art director
Michel Farruggello ... painter (as Michael Farruggello)
Luc Gagnier ... scenic technician
Stephen Gilbert ... scenic technician
Nicolas Godbout ... set props assistant
François Gosselin ... scenic technician
Jean-Pierre Gosselin ... scenic technician
Olivier Hogue ... scenic technician (as Oliver Hogue)
Hélène Lafrance ... art department coordinator
Michel Landry ... scenic technician
Étienne Lapointe-Proulx ... set props (as Etienne Proulx)
Denis Lemire ... scenic technician
Elissa Lewis ... art department production assistant
Glendon Light ... scenic technician
Julie Measroch ... assistant painter
Serge Nadon ... scenic technician
Daniele Paré ... set props assistant
Christiane Pravaz ... head painter
Julie-Anne Proulx ... set props
Benoit Robert ... scenic technician
Benoit Robitaille ... scenic technician
Stéphanie Robitaille ... scenic technician (as Stephen Robitaille)
Eliot W. Smith ... assistant decorator (as Elliot W. Smith)
Kim Thibodeau ... assistant decorator
François Tougas ... painter

Sound Department

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Tony Anscombe ... recordist
Victoria Bate ... assistant foley mixer
Diane Boucher ... supervising adr editor
Peter Burgis ... foley artist
Claudine Carpentier ... studio coordinator
Ed Colyer ... foley recordist (as Edward Colyer)
Vital Côté ... assistant dialogue editor
Louis Delaney ... recordist
Andie Derrick ... foley artist
Valéry Dufort-Boucher ... assistant dialogue editor
Steve Felton ... studio coordinator
Maxime Ferland ... boom operator
Gavin Fernandes ... re-recording mixer
Eric Fortin ... studio coordinator (as Éric Fortin)
Susan French ... assistant sound editor
Claude Hazanavicius ... sound recordist
Ken Hunold ... sound consultant: Dolby (as Ken Hudold)
Jacques Leroide ... foley editor
Diane Linn ... adr recordist
Gerard Loret ... first assistant sound editor
Candice McDonald ... studio manager
Colin Miller ... supervising sound designer
Bruno Ruffolo ... adr recordist
Greg Steele ... adr mixer
Jean Christophe Verbert ... re-recording mixer (as Jean-Christophe Verbert)
Alice Wright ... supervising dialogue editor

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Louis Craig ... special effects supervisor
Martin Williams ... special effects technician

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Mario Rachiele ... visual effects producer

Stunts

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Mike Chute ... stunt double: William Hurt
Marc Désourdy ... stunt coordinator (as Marc Desourdy)
Patrick Kerton ... stunts
David McKeown ... stunts (as Dave McKeown)
Louis Pharand ... stunts
Mireille Samson ... stunt double (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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François Allard ... electrician
Francois Archambault ... steadicam operator (as François Archambault)
Jocelyne Beaulac ... best boy grip (as Jocelyn Beaulac)
Franck Chaumanet ... electrician
Patrice Dagenais ... key grip
Jean Desmarteau ... electrician
Mathieu-Félix Drouin ... camera apprentice (as Mathieu Felix Drouin)
Sylvaine Dufaux ... second camera operator
Bertrand Dupuis ... grip
Yves Fontigny ... grip
Janel Furoy ... trainee
Massimo Gallizzi ... electrician
Paul Gravel ... focus puller: second camera
Thierry Lacombe ... grip (as Terry Lacombe)
Judith Lagacé ... first assistant camera
Martin Lamarche ... gaffer
Pierre-Yves Larouche ... electrician
Alfonso Maiorana ... b camera operator: main unit
Michael Ohayon ... electrician
Charles Proulx ... generator operator
Takashi Seida ... stills
Geoffroy St-Hilaire ... second assistant camera
Gaétan St-Onge ... best boy electrician

Casting Department

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Lise Beauchamp ... extras casting
Gwenm Carsley ... extras casting (as Angela Carsley)
Jennifer Saxon ... casting associate

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Annie Beaulieu ... assistant dresser
Catherina Chamberland ... assistant costume designer (as Caterina Chamberland)
Julie Chenard ... assistant wardrobe supervisor
Jean-François Desjardins ... assistant dresser
Marie-Josée Dumont ... assistant wardrobe supervisor
Marie-Claude Emond ... assistant dresser
Catou Gelinas ... key dresser
Marie-Maude Grenier ... dresser
Catherine Gélinas ... key dresser (as Catou Gelinas)
Valérie Houle ... costume apprentice
Roger Lacroix ... wardrobe department coordinator
Anne-Marie Langevin ... wardrobe supervisor
Danny Lavoie ... assistant dresser
Guy Lemieux ... assistant dresser
Nathalie Levasseur ... seamstress
Véronique Massé ... assistant dresser (as Veronique Masse)
Alice Mayeux ... assistant dresser
Frédéric Morin ... seamstress
Marie-Hélène Ménard ... dresser
Madeleine Perras ... assistant dresser
Eric Poirier ... assistant dresser
Michel Savoie ... seamstress
André Valade ... key dresser: extras
Isabelle Vallé ... assistant dresser

Location Management

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Pierre Brunet ... location director / location manager
Mélanie Côté ... assistant location manager
Dominique Leroutier ... assistant location manager

Music Department

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Gary Gray ... score mixer / score recordist
Jamie Hopkings ... orchestrator
Glenn Morley ... conductor
Nikki Servos ... assistant engineer
Sharon Smith ... music supervisor
John Welsman ... additional orchestration
Carl Zittrer ... additional music clearances

Script and Continuity Department

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France Lachapelle ... script supervisor
Amélie Ponette ... script trainee

Transportation Department

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Walter Diaz ... driver
Jim Disensi ... transport coordinator (as Jimmy Disensi)
Lorne Dosogne ... driver
Aleck Duncan ... driver / principal cast driver: Julia Ormond
John Gendron ... driver
Pierre Girard ... driver
Richard Marsan ... driver
Michel Perreault ... vehicle coordinator
Jean Simard ... driver
Joseph 'Tino' Viscusi ... transport captain (as Joseph Viscusi)
Charlie Zed ... driver

Other crew

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Chris Allies ... title design
Maggie Belzile ... assistant accountant
Maggy Belzile ... assistant accountant (as Maggie Belzile)
Jesabelle Boileau ... assistant craft person (as Jésabelle Boileau)
Sylvie Boily ... production coordinator
Luc Bouthillier ... extras production assistant
René Brisson ... set runner
Jean-Paul Brunet ... production assistant
Patrice Bujold ... production assistant
Bertrand Calmeau ... production assistant
Donald Caroll ... original research
Simon Carrière ... production assistant
Christine Charpentier ... craft person
Sam Coppola ... legal services
Olivier Corbeil ... assistant: Kevin Tierney
Karl Corriveau ... production assistant
Manon Cousin ... production assistant
Lilie-Marlène Couture ... stand-in: Julia Ormond
Harvey Drouelle ... production assistant (as Herve Drouelle)
Émilie Dussault ... assistant: William Hurt (as Emilie Dussault)
Joe Everett ... unit publicist
Robin Gary ... assistant: Lionel Chetwynd
Paule Girardin ... production secretary
David Hall ... assistant: Lionel Chetwynd
Jean-Francois Hall ... figurant
Marie-José Harel ... legal counsel (as Marie-Josée Harel)
Krista Jappel ... dialogue coach: German
Sylvie Laurin ... production auditor
Louis Legault ... production assistant
François Messier ... production assistant
Annie Michaud ... production assistant
Henri Normand ... production assistant
Louis-Martin Pepperall ... office runner
Marc Perron ... production assistant
Marjolaine Perron ... assistant accountant
Christian Pineault ... production assistant
Pascal Pleau ... production assistant
Charles Radford ... stand-in: William Hurt (as Charlie Radford)
Brigitte Renaud ... production assistant
Jean-Clément Renaud ... production assistant
Andrée Roy ... production assistant
Martin Roy ... production assistant
Howard Samuelsohn ... dialect coach: Julia Ormond (as Howard Samuelson)
François Schnupp ... production assistant
Jean Simard ... production assistant
Danette Smith ... accounting clerk
Karine St-Germain ... receptionist
Christian-Gabriel Tremblay ... production assistant
Gisèle Trépanier ... dialogue coach: French (as Giselle Trépanier)
Jose Uria ... production assistant
Noah Wahl ... production assistant
Jessica Weller ... publicity trainee
Larry Weller ... contract management
Arthur Holden ... additional voice (uncredited)
Harald Winter ... additional voice (uncredited)
Ulrike Zoller ... additional voice (uncredited)

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Plot Summary

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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Taglines He changed the world forever. One person at a time. The true story of the American Schindler. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Varian's War: The Forgotten Hero (United Kingdom, English title)
  • Varian Fry, un héros oublié (Canada, French title)
  • Varian's War: The Forgotten Hero (World-wide, English title)
  • Au service de la liberté (France)
  • Berlin 1938 - Kampf gegen Hitlers Schergen (Germany)
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  • 121 min
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Goofs Near the beginning of the movie, Varian is holding the "Foreign Affairs" book differently depending on the camera angle. See more »
Quotes Varian Fry: ...Not much time to react. But, react we must. What we do now, how we rise to the challenge will be how our children will judge us. The Darkness descending over Europe might keep the night for a thousand years. You ask me, Why the intellectuals? Because it is precisely the artists, poets, and writers who the Nazis hate the most for they are the keepers of the soul of Europe. The best of that civilization. If their voices be stilled, then who will sound the call to the rest of the world? You ask me, How will I get them out? I cannot say, for sure not today. But, if I have to bring them out one at a time on my back, or in the water, or over the Pyrenees, then that is what I will do because I am an American. Because my country has been a beacon to the world, a messenger of Liberty. To fail these people now would be to fail my country and fail my conscience. Do I ask, Would you take up arms? No, I ask only that you reach into your pocket to share some of the plenty that America has showered onto you to save a few persecuted men and women for whom their moment of God-given freedom is but a distant dream.
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