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The Wall
The Wall
Actors: Tom Conti, Lisa Eichhorn, Gerald Hiken, Rachel Roberts, Philip Sterling
Director: Robert Markowitz
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Military & War
UR     2006     2hr 15min

In 1940, the Germans round up the Jewish families of Warsaw and force them into what becomes known as The Warsaw Ghetto. Thus begins a desperate struggle of survival and resistance - a struggle that will take the lives of ...  more »

     
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Actors: Tom Conti, Lisa Eichhorn, Gerald Hiken, Rachel Roberts, Philip Sterling
Director: Robert Markowitz
Creators: Brian Tufano, Greyfox, Christine Berardo, Harry R. Sherman, Millard Lampell, John Hersey
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Military & War
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Military & War
Studio: Hbo Home Video
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 05/30/2006
Original Release Date: 02/16/1982
Theatrical Release Date: 02/16/1982
Release Year: 2006
Run Time: 2hr 15min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 3
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Boring
z hayes | 05/21/2002
(2 out of 5 stars)

"This movie was very boring and I don't feel it acurately captured the Warsaw uprising. A much better movie to view would be "Uprising" starring Leelee Sobieski, among others."
Lacklustre depiction of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising during WW
z hayes | TX | 01/28/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)

""The Wall" is a 1982 HBO movie that depicts the lives of Jewish residents in the Warsaw ghetto during the Nazi occupation of Poland, the starvation and tensions of lives under imprisonment, the horrors of deportations to the "East", and finally the Warsaw ghetto uprising before its' destruction.

All in all, this wasn't an altogether bad production though the production values are dated and not very authentic. The acting, especially by the lead, Tom Conti [as Dolek Benson, one of the resistance members] was credible. What lets this movie down is the plodding manner in which the plot unfolds. The actual uprising itself was allocated brief screen time, and most of the movie focused on the build-up to the uprising. What was particularly annoying to me was the repeated scenes of Nazis marching through the ghetto, chasing Jews to the transports for deportation - it was done so many times, that it lost its effectiveness. Another movie titled "Uprising" with Hank Azaria and Lee Lee Sobieski also dealt with the Warsaw ghetto uprising, and to me "Uprising" is a far superior production to "The Wall". From the beginning till the end, the focus was on the burgeoning resistance movement and their anti-Nazi activities, and at the same time, there were different scenes of Nazi brutality - the emptying of the Warsaw ghetto orphanage, the mass deportations, daily lives in the ghetto - everything was conveyed in a very authentic manner and made for riveting viewing experience. There was no let-up in suspense, and the plot moved along at a steady pace till the explosive climax.

In contrast, "The Wall" starts off in a tepid manner and just plods along, with the pace only picking up towards the end. I'd still recommend this to those who like watching movies on the Holocaust, but if you really want to watch a good movie on the Warsaw uprising by the Jews, then I'd highly recommend "Uprising" instead."