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The Poet ()


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At the dawn of World War 2, a Rabbi's daughter and a disenchanted German soldier fall in love and are separated by the war. They struggle on a perilous journey to find one another.

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Oskar Koenig
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Rachel
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Bernard
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General Martin Koenig
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Marlene Koenig
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Colonel Hass
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Frederick
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Peter
Zion Forest Lee ...
Hans (as Zion Lee)
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Natasha
Marco Tallarico ...
Igor
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Sasha
Daniel Matmor ...
Rabbi Taub
Zev Crystal ...
Yosef Faber
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Olga
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Willa
Conrad Bergschneider ...
German Officer #1
Stefan Crystal ...
Peasant Boy
Louise Reynolds ...
Ruth
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Rabbi
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Soldier (as Jake Simmons)
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Guard #1
John Watson ...
Guard #2
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Mrs. Rostig
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Saul Rostig
Daniela Crystal ...
Lieve (as Daniella Crystal)
Anne Page ...
Midwife (as Ann Tager Page)
Brian Frank ...
Escaped Partisan
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Heidi Taub
Jessica Horn ...
Cabaret Dancer #1
Lindsey Frazier ...
Cabaret Dancer #2
Irek Muchalski ...
Horse Thief
Nikolai Tichtchenko ...
Musician
Sam Hershoran ...
Shaia the Bridgewalker
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Cabaret MC
Steve Raiman ...
Madame Wausau
Scarlett Conn ...
Baby (2 months)
Cyrus Smith ...
Baby (9 months)
Callayna Bajer ...
Russian Little Girl #1
Cavanagh Matmor ...
Russian Little Girl #2
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Russian Little Girl #3 (as Arcadia Lee)
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Jenni (uncredited)
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Oleg (uncredited)
Shae Landers ...
Rachel (uncredited) (singingVoice)
Keenan Tamblyn ...
German Soldier (uncredited)

Directed by

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Damian Lee

Written by

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Jack Crystal ... (written by)
 
Damian Lee ... (writing consultant)

Produced by

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Joe Barzo ... line producer
Kim Coates ... executive producer
Lowell Conn ... producer
David Crystal ... executive producer
Jack Crystal ... executive producer
Zev Crystal ... executive producer
Gregg Goldstein ... executive producer
Sam Hershoran ... co-producer
Damian Lee ... producer
Zion Forest Lee ... co-producer (as Zion Lee)
Julius R. Nasso ... executive producer
Nan Skiba ... line producer
Simon Williams ... executive producer

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Tim Landers
Zion Forest Lee ... (as Zion Lee)
Steve Raiman

Cinematography by

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David Pelletier

Film Editing by

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Joseph Weadick

Editorial Department

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Christopher Haufe ... colorist (as Chris Haufe)
Derek Keating ... assistant editor
David MacDonald ... third assistant editor

Casting By

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Louis DiGiaimo
Stephanie Gorin

Production Design by

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Oleg M. Savytski

Art Direction by

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Ken Watkins

Set Decoration by

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Elizabeth Calderhead

Costume Design by

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Ton Pascal

Makeup Department

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Shirley Bond ... hair stylist
Mary Sue Heron ... makeup artist
Tali Kalb ... assistant makeup artist
Quinn Matthews ... makeup artist
Regan Noble ... hair department head

Production Management

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Joe Barzo ... unit manager
Nan Skiba ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Megan Banning ... first assistant director
Patrick Hagarty ... trainee assistant director
Grant Lucibello ... second assistant director
David C. Malcolm ... assistant director
Curtis Petersen ... second unit director

Art Department

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Alexandra Anthony ... set dresser
Mary Arthurs ... property master
Ken Aziz ... carpenter
Elizabeth Calderhead ... set dresser
Graham Caswell ... first assistant art director
Paula Deresti ... set dresser
Jeff Flint ... propmaker
Lawrence Gomes ... carpenter: set
Bruce Graydon ... lead carpenter
Jeff Graydon ... head carpenter
Helen Kaneva ... set dresser
Michelle Lannon ... set dresser
Ron Lightfoot ... construction coordinator
David Maltese ... set dec buyer
Bradley McInnis ... painter
Peter McKenzie ... carpenter
David Ratchford ... set carpenter
Gregory Vatcher ... shop carpenter
Richelle Wilks ... art department coordinator

Sound Department

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Chris Bottomley ... boom operator
Steve Raiman ... sound designer
Cory Siddall ... sound mixer
Virginia Storey ... foley artist
Randy Wilson ... foley recordist

Special Effects by

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David Antonacci ... special effects technician
Derek Bujalski ... special effects technician
Brock Jolliffe ... special effects coordinator
Rudy Rivas ... special effects supervisor
John Sandever ... special effects technician

Visual Effects by

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Kevin Chandoo ... title designer

Stunts

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Scott Alan Cook ... stunt performer (as Scotty Cook)
Shelley Cook ... stunt performer
Ciara Jones ... stunt performer
Riley Jones ... stunt performer
Henry Korhonen ... stunt performer
Danny Lima ... stunt performer / stunts
Layton Morrison ... stunt coordinator
Billy Oliver ... stunt performer
Ken Quinn ... stunt performer
John Stoneham Jr. ... stunt coordinator
Bryan Thomas ... stunts

Camera and Electrical Department

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Terry Banting ... gaffer: second unit
Laurence Bortnick ... assistant camera
Darren Boyce ... key grip
Simon Brown ... assistant camera
Jan Brunton ... second assistant camera
Greg Davis ... grip
Gabriele DiChiara ... gaffer
Tara Dixit ... second assistant camera
Chad Edwards ... best boy electric: second unit
Charles A. Gould ... grip
Mike Gowland ... generator operator
Joey Jones ... grip
Sean Jordan ... best boy
Scott McFarlane ... grip
Juan Montalvo ... assistant camera (as Juan Carlos Montalvo)
Rob Mountjoy ... first assistant camera (as Robert Mountjoy)
Barry Newton ... assistant camera
Rahul Parekh ... dolly grip
Curtis Petersen ... camera operator / second unit: director of photography
Glenn Pineau ... camera operator / director of photography: second unit
Anthony Police ... best boy grip
Dave Sheridan ... camera operator (as Dave C. Sheridan)
Eric Sherping ... second assistant camera
Pief Weyman ... still photographer
Rob Wood ... first assistant camera (as Robert Wood)

Casting Department

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Kathleen Howell ... casting associate
Misha Rasaiah ... casting assistant

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Silvia Platsis ... wardrobe

Location Management

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Noah Baynes ... location assistant
David Franklin ... location assistant
Brad Gratkowski ... location manager

Music Department

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Andrew Dudman ... music recording engineer
Scrap Marshall ... music recording assistant
Bruce White ... musician: viola

Transportation Department

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John Ainsworth ... driver: honeywagon
Rob French ... transportation captain
George Mantis ... driver
Mickey McAllister ... driver
Elsa Scruton ... transportation coordinator
Jim Snell ... head driver
Peter Ward ... driver
Gerald Wood ... driver

Other crew

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Kimberley Bradley ... production coordinator
Stephen Chambers ... second unit production assistant
Lara Daans ... choreographer
Jane Douglas ... production auditor
Warren Fergus ... production finance
Jeff Goldman ... international distribution
Michael J. Harker ... completion bond company representative
Sabre Lee ... double: Nina Dobrev
Sasha Pick-Crystal ... assistant to the director
Diane Pitblado ... on-set dialect coach
Monika Schurmann ... development executive
Beverly Sutton ... script coordinator
Al Vrkljan ... armorer
Kim Yu ... unit publicist

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

1939. During a blinding snowstorm, a young man in the Polish forest rescues a young unconscious woman who lost her way, he who takes her back to his farmhouse. It is love at first sight for both. That love does not change when the two learn of the other. He is Oskar Koenig, a Nazi officer assigned to an undercover unit, the men in the unit acting as Polish farmers to discover and turn in any Polish resistant fighters. She is Rachel, a Jew, the daughter of a rabbi, and fiancée to her childhood friend Bernard. She thought she loved Bernard until she experienced what she knows is true love for Oskar. Oskar is only fighting in the war to please his father, Nazi General Martin Koenig. In reality, Oskar, a poet with a romantic spirit to match, does not believe in war or fighting, and does not believe in what the Nazis, and thus by association what he and his father are doing. Due to circumstances of the war, Oskar and Rachel become separated, with their love for each other still in tact. Oskar's mother, Marlene Koenig, upon learning of a Jewish woman in Oskar's heart, encourages him to pursue her, she willing to provide the resources to do so, which, if Oskar accepts her offer, would place both their lives at risk. Even if Oskar and Rachel were ever to encounter each other again, their experiences and the circumstances of the war may affect if they can join together as a couple, the war which may place them on opposing sides of a kill or be killed scenario. Written by Huggo

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Also Known As
  • Hearts of War (United States)
  • 1939: Allied Fury (United Kingdom)
  • Zwischen den Fronten (Germany)
  • Poetul (Romania)
  • O Poeta (Brazil)
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  • 96 min
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Budget CAD11,000,000 (estimated)

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