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Unlikely Heroes
Unlikely Heroes
Actors: Robert Clary, Ben Kingsley
Director: Richard Trank
Genres: Indie & Art House, Special Interests, Educational, Documentary, Military & War
NR     2005     2hr 0min

Unlikely Heroes presents previously untold stories of Jewish resistance and individual heroism throughout the Nazi Holocaust. It highlights seven extraordinary individuals who each, without any fanfare and in very differe...  more »


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Actors: Robert Clary, Ben Kingsley
Director: Richard Trank
Creators: Jeff Victor, Richard Trank, Lorraine Salk, Marvin Hier, Matthew Asner
Genres: Indie & Art House, Special Interests, Educational, Documentary, Military & War
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Art & Artists, Educational, Biography, Military & War
Format: DVD - Color,Letterboxed
DVD Release Date: 03/08/2005
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 2hr 0min
Screens: Color,Letterboxed
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 7
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English, Hebrew

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Movie Reviews

Unlikely Heroes/ strong film and movie soundtrack
C. Schofield | Calif, USA | 11/09/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

""Unlikely Heroes " is another example of quality film making from Moriah Pictures...
And of course we can't forget the fabulous Music Score by
Lee Holdridge on Citadel Record label
catalog # STC 77136, which is Superb...
we purchased our dvd and cd soundtrack from
Citadel Records and it was a smart investment...
Buy The DVD and Listen to the Beautiful Music Soundtrack
You will be glad you did.."
How to save money!
S. H. Margolies | Par-Troy, NJ USA | 06/07/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This documentary is superb, but why not buy this as part of the "Simon Wiesenthal Center Collection"? You will also get seven other similar worthwhile titled DVDs for less money than buying this title alone! If you are interested in the Holocaust, the other titles are also very interesting!"
"I Have Come to Save Your Children"
MacGuffin | New York City | 04/12/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I caught this a year or two ago on one of the Encore channels during Passover week and in fact looked for it last week in the hope that it might possibly be an annual Pesach presentation. Alas, such was not the case, so I went digging for a copy of my own. I didn't remember the title and spent many an hour (during which I should have been studying and working) trying to track it down. I finally remembered that Robert Clary's was one of the stories included and thus was able to discover its title through IMDb (DUH!). Fortunately, I was able to find a copy here on Amazon.
This documentary cites examples of heroism and daring that are so extraordinary, one might think they're fabricated. Contrary to the general consensus that Jews were led like lambs to their slaughter, you'll learn that many fought back, and that their efforts saved thousands of others, including Christians whose lives were in danger for the crime of helping Jews. It's an unbearably moving account.
Given that I'm reviewing the DVD release, I'm unable to confine myself solely to the content, hence I have to cite the flaws. There's no chapter insert which is always a big minus in my book. Of course, this could be due to the fact that--despite assertions on the back of the keep case to the contrary--there are no chapters, which is a major pain if one wishes to view a particular hero's story. I suppose things could be least fast-forward and reverse work. Subtitles and captioning are also missing. These omissions cost the release a star.
Unlikely Heroes was produced by the Simon Wiesenthal Center and is beautifully narrated by Sir Ben Kingsley (who, unfortunately, is unable to master the Yiddish/(Ashkenazi) Hebrew "ch"). Slight demerits aside, this should be seen by everyone laying claim to humanity. It's important to learn and remember that in the face of collective insanity and certain death, men and women are capable of almost superhuman courage. I dare anyone to watch this without being changed by it.
I observed that about half of the heroes whose stories are told during the course of this film died relatively young. If I were a theist, I'd posit the explanation that God finally found Heaven unbearable without their presence and, missing them, called them home.
Am Yisrael chai."