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The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler (2009)

TV-PG | | Biography, Drama, War | TV Movie 19 April 2009
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The story of Irena Sendler, a social worker who was part of the Polish underground during World War II and was arrested by the Nazis for saving the lives of nearly 2,500 Jewish children by smuggling them out of the Warsaw ghetto.

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John Kent Harrison

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John Kent Harrison, Larry Spagnola (as Lawrence John Spagnola) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anna Paquin ... Irena Sendler[owa]
Marcia Gay Harden ... Janina Krzyzanowska
Goran Visnjic ... Stefan Zgrzembski
Nathaniel Parker ... Dr. Majkowski
Steve Speirs ... Piotr
Paul Freeman ... Monsignor Godlewski
Michelle Dockery ... Ewa Rozenfeld
Danuta Stenka ... Hanna Rozenfeld
Iddo Goldberg ... Jakub Rozenfeld
Maja Ostaszewska ... Jadwiga
Krzysztof Pieczynski ... Dr. Janusz Korczak
Rebecca Windheim Rebecca Windheim ... Karolina Rozenfeld
Olga Boladz ... Zofia
Leigh Lawson ... Rabbi Rozenfeld
Scott Handy ... Michal Laski
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The story of Irena Sendler, a social worker who was part of the Polish underground during World War II and was arrested by the Nazis for saving the lives of nearly 2,500 Jewish children by smuggling them out of the Warsaw ghetto.

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This film's opening prologue states: "World War II rages through Europe. In occupied Poland, the Germans have established the Warsaw Ghetto for all the Jewish residents of the city. Over 440,000 Jews are forced inside its walls . . . There are some Poles who want to help . . . " See more »

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Irena Sendler [owa]: I remember what Father used to say. You see a man drowning, you must try to save him even if you cannot swim.
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Featured in The 61st Primetime Emmy Awards (2009) See more »

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Courageous Heart-An Inspiration To Us All ****
20 April 2009 | by edwagreenSee all my reviews

A very fine holocaust film dealing with Irena Sendler's helping 2,500 Jewish children escape from the ghetto and face certain extermination.

The film is quite a change for Anna Paquin, who shows she can act unlike her 1993 totally undeserved supporting Oscar win for "The Piano."

This excellent film shall serve as an inspiration to us all. Unfortunately, we could not discover what happened to many of the children after the war. Unfortunately, their parents must have perished.

This is a film of great virtue, moral courage, the embodiment of a total triumph of the human spirit under such adversity.

Marcia Gay Harden, a terrific actress, has the role of the mother. Despite the fact that her part is generally understated, Harden displays that rare virtue of a parent caught up in what is right in such an era of horror.

Highly recommended.


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