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No Place on Earth (2012)

PG-13 | | Documentary, War | 9 May 2013 (Germany)
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A cave exploration in Ukraine leads to the unearthing of a story of World War II survivors who once found shelter in the same cave.


Janet Tobias
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Saul Stermer Saul Stermer ... Self
Sam Stermer Sam Stermer ... Self
Sonia Dodyk Sonia Dodyk ... Self
Sima Dodyk Sima Dodyk ... Self
Yetta Stermer Yetta Stermer ... Self
Sol Wexler Sol Wexler ... Self
Chris Nicola ... Self
Erin Grunstein Halpern Erin Grunstein Halpern ... Self - Mataré
Cliff Stermer Cliff Stermer ... Self
Katalin Lábán ... Esther Stermer (as Kati Laban)
Péter Balázs Kiss Péter Balázs Kiss ... Saul Stermer
Dániel Hegedüs Dániel Hegedüs ... Sol Wexler
Balázs Barna Hídvégi Balázs Barna Hídvégi ... Nissel Stermer
Fruzsina Pelikán Fruzsina Pelikán ... Sonia Dodyk
András Orosz András Orosz ... Sam Stermer


While mapping out the largest cave system in Ukraine, explorer and investigator Chris Nicola discovers evidence that five Jewish families spent nearly a year and a half in the pitch-black caves to escape the Nazis. This is the story of the longest uninterrupted underground survival in recorded human history. Written by History Channel

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An incredible story of strength and survival.


Documentary | War

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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements including brief violent images | See all certifications »

Did You Know?


Chris Nicola: Gypsum caves don't occur that often in nature. They're very rare. And some of the biggest caves in the world happen to be gypsum caves and they're located in Western Ukraine.
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The Cave Knows (End Credit Song)
Music by Fred Hersch and Rondi Charleston
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Fascinating story very well presented
12 October 2013 | by tone_lordSee all my reviews

It's a compelling human drama of survival against almost insurmountable odds. The documentary aspects are seamlessly interwoven with very authentic-feeling dramatic re-enactments which give the viewer a strong sense of watching history as it unfolds. I found the film compelling both in its technical aspects and its subject matter. Most remarkable is that the story is largely told by those who actually lived it. The difficulties, dangers, and privations they faced are unimaginable without their testimony. This film is an important historical document and should be far better known than it is. I am dismayed by and a little suspicious of the low IMDb score this film currently has (5.9). I don't normally bother with rating films myself and have never bothered before with a review. I felt compelled to add my rating to the mix in order to restore some balance, and I write this to assure anyone interested in history that this film is far better and more important than its mediocre overall rating implies.

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9 May 2013 (Germany) See more »

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Aggtelek, Hungary See more »


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$13,813, 7 April 2013

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