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Der letzte Zug (2006)

A group of people are imprisoned in a rail car bound from Berlin to a concentration camp in 1945.

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Artur Brauner (story) (as Art Bernd), Stephen Glantz (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gedeon Burkhard ... Henry Neumann
Lale Yavas Lale Yavas ... Lea Neumann
Lena Beyerling Lena Beyerling ... Nina Neumann
Sibel Kekilli ... Ruth Zilbermann
Roman Roth Roman Roth ... Albert Rosen
Brigitte Grothum 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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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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Budget:

€3,500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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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not excellent director
31 January 2013 | by gja822See all my reviews

The film is good, but somewhat sluggish. On the one hand something always happens, on the other — there's no sense of dynamics, nor feeling of hanging emotions. Music is not quite appropriate. It doesn't help enough, it's too subtle. Acting is good. May be not superb, but good enough to believe in characters. I suppose the main guilt for film being not excellent lies on director. For example, the scene with 'Ode to Joy' must have been made more dramatic, the acting there was (or could be) very good, so, the problem is in directing. May be my expectations were not right and the idea was to make one feel the ordinariness of evil. Nonetheless I want something more than just depiction of historical evil. And I see no answers, even no honestly stated questions. May be, though, my willing to get that questions is a good result of watching the film?


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