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A U.S. official escorts Holocaust refugees from 1940s war-torn Europe to temporary shelter in America.


John Gray


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




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


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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References Der Fuehrer's Face (1942) See more »

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spin of history
20 June 2010 | by hifrom-jmhSee all my reviews

I was looking forward to seeing this movie when I found it on DVD. I am from Oswego, NY. Growing up in the 1970's the buildings that house the refuges still stood, and I heard stories from my grandmother (who was thirtysomthing during WWII) and my mom and her older siblings (who where in Jr. and Sr. high during WWII) how the immigrants were embraced by the town. Oswego is proud of this role of history and has turned fort Ontario and the other surrounding buildings into museums so that the world will not forget. This movie makes Oswego look very closed minded. Oswego is a university town that is very forward thinking. This movie is based on history however, I feel it is manipulated to to show the worse of the townspeople. Also the accent of the local people is not correct. the Oswego accent almost sounds Canadian, it is only 34 miles from Canada across the lake. One point of note, the snow depicted is accurate! I read the book it did a much better job telling the story without the spin.

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Release Date:

11 February 2001 (USA) See more »

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Cambridge, Ontario, Canada See more »

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