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Based on the true story of a woman named Ruth Gruber who travels to Europe to help escort 1000 Jewish War victims to the United States. She comes to love and feel sorry for them all, and ... See full summary »

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John Gray

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Suzette Couture
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Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 3 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Natasha Richardson ... Ruth Gruber
Colm Feore ... Bruno
Henry Czerny ... Ernst
Sheila McCarthy ... Eva
Sebastian Roché ... Johan Ritter
Robert Joy ... Lawrence Dickson
Tamara Gorski ... Manya Hartmeyer-Breuer
Daniel Kash ... Mordechai
William Petersen ... Jackson Connolly
Hal Holbrook ... Harold L. Ickes
Martin Landau ... Papa Gruber
Bruce Greenwood ... Myles Billingsley
Anne Bancroft ... Mama Gruber
Kenneth Welsh ... Harry Truman
Jamie Arguy Jamie Arguy ... Asylum Refugee
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Based on the true story of a woman named Ruth Gruber who travels to Europe to help escort 1000 Jewish War victims to the United States. She comes to love and feel sorry for them all, and fights for their rights to live in America. Written by Aschley Martel <mywarriorxena@hotmail.com>

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Her courage saved a thousand lives. A girl from Brooklyn defied the Nazis, challenged the US Government... and changed the world.


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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, violence and disturbing images, and brief sensuality | See all certifications »
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book is much better, and actors miscast
18 November 2005 | by della_robbiaSee all my reviews

This movie is based on the book of the same name of a woman who worked for the Secretary of the Interior (Ickies) who claimed in the book "to not have met a Jew until he was 16" which could have added to the alienation felt by the nearly 1000 Jews and Christians brought to Oswego, New York in 1944. This movie appears like a soap box from which a very non -Jewish looking Richardson hears the evils of the Nazis during WWII screams at the past, not to real people in the State Department (who definitely knew the Nazis were up to something in the late 1930s/early 1940s). However the point of the book was to not show hate against many of the Americans in the story. The people of Oswego, New York in this movie are shown as communist and disease fearing people who are acting like, "why did this happen to us?". However, in the book they met with their new neighbors as best they could: throwing food/clothes over the fence which separated the two peoples. Many dramatic opportunities were passed up in the story, including the variety show, in which the refugees gave a show for the soldiers on the boat they shared passage.

Could have been much better, if they had stuck to what had happened and read the book about the real Ruth Gruber a truly amazing woman who is not done justice here.


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11 February 2001 (USA) See more »

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