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Walking with the Enemy (2013)

PG-13 | | Action, Drama, History | 25 April 2014 (USA)
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A young man, separated from his family in World War II, disguises himself as a Nazi S.S. Officer and uncovers more than just his family whereabouts.

Director:

Mark Schmidt

Writers:

Kenny Golde (screenplay), Richard Lasser (additional screenplay material) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vitalie Bichir ... Russian Captain
Florin Arhip Florin Arhip ... Russian Sniper
Jonas Armstrong ... Elek Cohen
David Leon ... Lajos
Hannah Tointon ... Hannah Schoen
Flora Spencer-Longhurst ... Rachel Schoen
Mark Wells ... Ferenc Jacobson
Michelle Miklosey Michelle Miklosey ... Marketa
Jeffrey C. Hawkins ... Andras
George Icleanu George Icleanu ... Club Owner
Vlad Radescu Vlad Radescu ... Mr. Schoen
Naomi Capron Naomi Capron ... Mrs. Schoen
Avila Schmidt Avila Schmidt ... Trolley Girl
Ann-Marie Schmidt Ann-Marie Schmidt ... Trolley Mother
Simon Kunz ... Jozsef Greenberg
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Storyline

A powerful new film inspired by a true story. This feature follows the heroic lives of a world leader and a young man swept up in the horrors of WWII. Both men are from Hungary--a country and German ally that had been spared the atrocities orchestrated by Hitler throughout much of Europe. As the war reaches its climax, Germany begins to doubt the loyalties of the Hungarian leadership-in particular Regent Horthy (Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley). The Regent tries to navigate his country between the growing terror of Nazi Germany and the oppressive threat of communist Russia. He is ultimately faced with ceding power to another political party or accepting the execution of his son. As the crisis unfolds, thousands of his citizens are forced underground or put into ghettos. One of them is a young man named Elek Cohen (Jonas Armstrong) who is separated from his family and determined to find them. Aided by the woman he loves (Hannah Tointon), Elek disguises himself as a Nazi SS officer ... Written by Liberty Studios

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A hero emerges. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for war violence including crimes against humanity | See all certifications »

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Country:

Romania | Hungary | Canada | USA

Language:

English | German | Hungarian | Romanian

Release Date:

25 April 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Glass House See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$357,000, 25 April 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,002,572, 31 December 2015
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Liberty Studios, Inc. was created by Director Mark Schmidt for the filming of this movie. See more »

Goofs

In reality, Elek Cohen never posed as an SS officer. He posed as a member of the Arrow Cross and did save many Jews from certain death thanks to his disguise. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Elek Cohen: The war. It reveals one's true character. And when my homeland became a battleground, nothing could prepare me for what was to come.
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Flower Duet (from Lakmé)
Composed by Léo Delibes
Arranged by The Beat Suite Symphonic Orchestra
Licensed from The Beat Suite
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Noble Effort
24 July 2017 | by mojoguzzi-879-68498See all my reviews

If you enjoy movies about WW2 or the Holocaust then you might find enough in this movie to make it worthwhile. It's a bit schizophrenic. Luckily the good parts outweigh the bad.

There's plenty of wartime action and suspense, and for the most part it's fairly well directed. It's the personal dramatic parts that occasionally fall flat, usually dragged down by some expository dialog that might as well have the actors holding up signs that read "here's a little bit of the history." Ben Kingsley's first appearance in the film is a good example. His hairpiece looks great but he delivers an uncharacteristically leaden balloon as he "converses" about the situation in his country. In his later scenes he's excellent.

The coda offers an equally clunky wrap-up of the story. It also left me scratching my head, wondering why -- since they acknowledge at this late point that it's based on a true life hero -- why they didn't just make it about that person. Was it perhaps a literary rights issue? If so, why bother mentioning the real person at all?

The direction and editing are also uneven, generally good but occasionally terrible. The big action or suspense scenes are very effectively staged and edited, but the "fade to black" transitions at times are more appropriate for a TV movie needing to break for a commercial than for an (alleged) 80 million epic.

And while the costumes and hairstyles are generally authentic, the lead actor's hair and the little boy's are way too modern, a constant reminder that we're watching a movie and these are only actors playing a role. If the whole story didn't depend on the lead passing himself off as a Nazi soldier, his millennial 'do might have passed muster. Note to future filmmakers: if directing a period piece, check out some old stock footage or paintings to make sure your hair department is on the ball... and don't hire actors who refuse to cut their precious locks.

Don't expect The Pianist or Saving Private Ryan but it's also far from the disaster some of the reviewers here report.


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