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The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler (2009)

TV-PG | | Biography, Drama, War | TV Movie 19 April 2009
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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Biography

2008 Nobel Prize nominee, Irena Sendler, saved 2500 children from the Warsaw Ghetto during World War II. Based on a true story.

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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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Genres:

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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Runtime:

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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Connections

Featured in The 61st Primetime Emmy Awards (2009) See more »

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In the greatest darkness, the brightest lights shine.

Hallmark's sentimental touch has never been more appropriate than for this story of a Polish nurse that saved the life of 2500 Jewish children during WWII. Anna Paquin (BURY MY HEART AT WOUNDED KNEE) is quickly becoming the Queen of TV movies. Her performance here is amazing. Marcia Gay Harden, who plays her equally brave mother, also gives a fine performance. The editing is quite sharp. The violent scenes, like the Gestapo's torture scenes, are jarring to say the least. I was expecting a female version of SCHINDLER'S LIST but after the film was over I could not help but compare this story to THE HIDING PLACE. Irena Sendler is a worthy heroine in the same league as Corrie Ten Boom. Some viewers might think "Enough already" with these kind of stories but when they are as good as this I will respond "Keep them coming!"


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