Haven -- (originally a TV Miniseries)
Walter Arnstein | Cloverdale, CA United States | 02/24/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This film is a somewhat idealized and liberally adapted dramatization of a WWII event that was sadly unique: The transportation in 1944 of 892 Jewish refugees from the Holocaust to the United States -- the only ones allowed on U.S. soil throughout the War. They were sheltered at Fort Ontario, Oswego, NY for the rest of the war. Eventually, they were allowed to immigrate under the various immigration quotas. I happen to be one of the lucky individuals in that shipment. And although I can say that the story is less than 100 percent accurate, the film is very successful in its presentation and impact.
Starring as Ruth Gruber, the overseer of the project, is Natasha Richardson, delivering her lines in an amazingly authentic Brooklyn accent characteristic of Gruber, no small achievement for an English actress. Anne Bancroft and Martin Landau play her parents and William Petersen and Hal Holbrook play US congressmen.
The 3-hour-plus film is loaded with drama and tension and holds together very admirably. Most notably, the film gives the viewer an intriguing snapshot of America in the midst of the war and the attitudes of her people toward refugees. I might add that it also gives an equally graphic picture of the refugees' impressions of America and Americans."
Audrey J. Seman | Copper Center,, AK United States | 12/24/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Excellently done! We have no idea what so many people went through as they sought to live to the end of WWII."
Little know WW ll story about the "exodus"
WriteDoctor | St Augustine, Fl. | 12/02/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"an incredible story about a very brave young woman who is one of the many "footnotes" in history whose story has come to light. I had the delightful experience of meeting the real "star" at the young age of 90 plus. Talk about spunky. Harry Truman had to love this lady. A movie worth watching- make sure you order the correct "Haven"- now I have two. Definitely a "must see"---------"