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The Last Train (2006)

Der letzte Zug (original title)
A group of Jewish people are imprisoned in a rail car bound from Berlin to a the Auschwitz concentration camp in 1945.

Writers:

Artur Brauner (story) (as Art Bernd), Stephen Glantz (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gedeon Burkhard ... Henry Neumann
Lale Yavas Lale Yavas ... Lea Neumann
Lena Beyerling Lena Beyerling ... Nina Neumann
Sibel Kekili ... Ruth Zilbermann (as Sibel Kekilli)
Roman Roth ... Albert Rosen
Brigitte Grothum ... Gabrielle Hellmann
Hans-Jürgen Silbermann Hans-Jürgen Silbermann ... Jakob Noschik
Sharon Brauner Sharon Brauner ... Erika Friedlich
Juraj Kukura ... Dr. Friedlich
Ludwig Blochberger ... Crewes
Vojtech Kotek ... Izzy Perles (as Vojta Kotek)
Csongor Kassai ... Avram Perles
Magdalena Sidonová Magdalena Sidonová ... Sylvia Perles
Nina Divísková ... Rosa Wasserstein
Stanislav Zindulka ... Samuel Wasserstein
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Storyline

The year is 1943 and the "last of the Jews" are being "evacuated" from Berlin. They are locked in cattle cars with no food and little water. During the trip several of the characters are drawn out and vignettes of their lives are highlighted to restore some humanity to their animal existence aboard the train. The suffering and agony is palpable. Some parts can be watched in double speed as they are just just filler. If you exclude the final theatrical device thrown in at the end, the movie is worth watching for it's historical relevance. Written by Bill F

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jew | year 1943 | 1940s | nazi | train ride | See All (26) »

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Drama | War

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Trivia

During filming, director Joseph Vilsmaier fell out of a crane three meters up while shooting. He was hospitalized, but he recovered and resumed filming, with mild permanent injuries. See more »

Goofs

When they are in the train station in Berlin, a woman panics and begins to sing Di Partizaner Lid. First off, it's a Yiddish song, and German Jews were notorious for not speaking Yiddish; also, it was a song written/sung by the Jewish Partisans of the Vilna Ghetto, and would not have been known in Berlin until after the Shoah. See more »

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The Best Nazi Atrocities Depiction next to The Pianist and Shindler
13 March 2012 | by videospoonSee all my reviews

Having seen so many of these movies (one can never get enough of the Nazi nightmare can it), I must say that this one hits particularly hard. In an attempt to rid Berlin of all Jews the vary last of them are summoned up and uploaded to a train that is Auschwitz bound (Question- if you are a Jew in it's 1943 in Berlin (For God's sake, Hitler was just a few block away) what are you doing living in the open like everything was normal? why aren't you hiding or better yet why didn't you leave and go somewhere safe). This is not just a holocaust film, it is much more then that, it is a character study of both Jews, Ukrainians, Nazis and "Good Germans" all encased in a story that although is hard to watch is a piece of art that will make you sad and pensive.


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Country:

Germany | Czech Republic

Language:

German | Hebrew | Polish | French | Ukrainian

Release Date:

9 November 2006 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

The Last Train to Auschwitz See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR3,500,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$427,456
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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