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The Power of Good: Nicholas Winton (2002)

Síla lidskosti - Nicholas Winton (original title)
A gripping documentary about the courage and determination of a young English stockbroker who saved the lives of 669 children. Between March 13 and August 2, 1939, Nicholas Winton organized... See full summary »


Matej Minac


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Schlesinger Joe Schlesinger ... Himself - Narrator
Karel Reisz ... Himself
Hugo Morom Hugo Morom ... Himself - Airport Constructor
Joseph Guns Joseph Guns ... Himself
Sidonie Guns Sidonie Guns ... Herself
Vera Gissing Vera Gissing ... Herself - Writer
Tom Berman Tom Berman ... Himself - Biologist
Alfred Dubs Alfred Dubs ... Himself - Politician
Amos Ben Ron Amos Ben Ron ... Himself
Tom Graumann Tom Graumann ... Himself
Tom Schreder Tom Schreder ... Himself - Publisher
Nicholas Winton Nicholas Winton ... Himself - Nicholas' Son
Grete Winton Grete Winton ... Herself - Nicholas' Wife
Holly Winton Holly Winton ... Herself - Nicholas' Granddaughter
Elisabeth Maxwell Elisabeth Maxwell ... Herself - Historian (as Dr. Elisabeth Maxwell)


A gripping documentary about the courage and determination of a young English stockbroker who saved the lives of 669 children. Between March 13 and August 2, 1939, Nicholas Winton organized 8 transports to take children from Prague to new homes in Great Britain, and kept quiet about it until his wife discovered a scrapbook documenting his unique mission in 1988. Winton was a successful 29-year-old stockbroker in London who "had an intuition" about the fate of the Jews when he visited Prague in 1939. He quietly but decisively got down to the business of saving lives. We learn how only two countries, Sweden and Britain, answered his call to harbor the young refugees; how documents had to be forged and how once foster parents signed for the children on delivery, that was the last he saw of them. Written by National Center for Jewish Film

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27 March 2003 (USA) See more »

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Cinemax Reel Life: The Power of Good See more »

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incredible story
5 June 2017 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Veteran CBC reporter Joe Schlesinger narrates the story of the man who saved his life. In 1938, Sir Nicholas Winton was a free-wheeling 29 year old stockbroker. He visited Czechaslovakia after Germany had annexed the Sudetenland. He found refugees in horrible conditions and plans for German conquest. He organized to get the children out which attracted the attention of a beautiful German spy. He was rejected by every country except his own, Britain. In the process, he lost his job. With guile, persistence, and forged papers, he was able to rescue 669 children. For 50 years, the story had been forgotten until his wife found a curious book in the attic.

The story is amazing. It's a relatively standard news documentary. However if you don't shed at least one tear, you better have your heart checked.

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