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The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler (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.

Director:

John Kent Harrison

Writers:

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

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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Biography | Drama | War

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

CBS

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian | German | Latvian | Polish

Release Date:

19 April 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hallmark Hall of Fame: The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler (#58.3) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

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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Edited into Hallmark Hall of Fame (1951) See more »

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Poignant.
19 April 2009 | by wandersfarSee all my reviews

I usually find Hallmark movies a bit schmaltzy, but the inclusion of Anna Paquin convinced me to give this a try. I'm glad I did. This was excellent, well-paced, and suspenseful. The character portraits were succinct but rich, and I found myself caring about what happened to everyone, which is quite a feat for a two-hour TV movie.

I won't give the plot away, but considering it's a WW2 movie about sneaking Jewish children out of a ghetto, you can probably guess where it's going.

Production values were excellent. It felt more like a feature than a TV movie. Give it a try.


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