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Out of the Ashes (2003)

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Based on a true story, this heart-wrenching film follows the journey of Gisella Perl (Christine Lahti), a Jewish-Hungarian doctor who manages to survive Auschwitz. Decades later, she's ... See full summary »

Director:

Joseph Sargent

Writers:

Gisella Perl (book) (as Dr. Gisella Perl), Anne Meredith (teleplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christine Lahti ... Gisella Perl
Bruce Davison ... Peter Schuman
Jonathan Cake ... Dr. Mengele
Jolyon Baker Jolyon Baker ... Frederick Krauss
Jessica Beitchman ... Marta Weiss
Oliver Cotton ... Moshe Perl
Michelle Fine Michelle Fine ... Fanny Perl
Zoie Palmer ... Didi Goldstein
Maria Ricossa ... Esther Jacob
Ingrid Veninger ... Zozia
Emma Wellbelove Emma Wellbelove ... Young Gisella
Nina Young ... Irma Griese
Richard Crenna ... Jake Smith
Beau Bridges ... Herman Prentiss
Vytautas Rumsas Vytautas Rumsas ... David Perl
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Storyline

Based on a true story, this heart-wrenching film follows the journey of Gisella Perl (Christine Lahti), a Jewish-Hungarian doctor who manages to survive Auschwitz. Decades later, she's applying for U.S. citizenship when she becomes accused of colluding with the Nazis. Her judge and jury are three INS investigators (played by Bruce Davison, Richard Crenna and Beau Bridges) who must decide her fate Written by Rottem Tomatoes

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence/cruelty and some nudity | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 April 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gisella Perl See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Meryl Streep at first was considered for the role of Dr Perl but she turned it down. See more »

Goofs

When Gisella Perl is shopping for produce in the market she is called a killer by a women who is missing a bottom tooth. You can easily tell that the tooth is not really missing but obviously blacked out due to the reflection. See more »

Quotes

Gisella Perl: I can recall wanting to be a doctor when I was a little girl. And I became a doctor... a very good doctor, if I can say that. I knew each child I helped bring into the world was a gift, not from me, but from God. But everything changed when I was deported to Auschwitz and began working there as a doctor. You know about some of the things I did there, for the pregnant women. But yes, I did sent unknowingly many women to their deaths within the day of my arrival. And yes, some of the things I did...
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Melodrama ad nauseam
28 April 2003 | by =G=See all my reviews

In "Out of the Ashes", Lahti is out front delivering a typically sterling performance as a gynecologist and Auschwitz survivor who applies for citizenship to the US while reliving the horrors of her WWII experience via flashback before a panel of review not unlike the Spanish Inquisition. This lame flick is melodramatic to the point of the ridiculous with the bad guys being the personification of evil and the good guys being worthy of canonization as saints. If we needed another WWII death camp story, which we don't, this one certainly is not it. A pathetically melodramatic treatment of a serious subject in the guise of a biopic not worthy of further commentary. (C)


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