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Unlikely Heroes (2003)

For most, the idea of Jewish resistance or defiance during the Holocaust is limited to the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and a few isolated acts throughout WWII. "Unlikely Heroes", narrated by Sir... See full summary »


Richard Trank


Marvin Hier, Richard Trank (screenwriter)


Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Kingsley ... Narrator (voice)
Lore Perl Lore Perl ... Self
William Perl William Perl ... Self (archive footage) (as Willy Perl)
Theodor Schneider Theodor Schneider ... Self
Robert Clary ... Self
Deborah Dwork Deborah Dwork ... Self - historian and author
Louis Fogiel Louis Fogiel ... Self
Guta Sternbuch Guta Sternbuch ... Self
Israel Singer Israel Singer ... Self - chairman, World Jewish Congress
Joseph Friedenson Joseph Friedenson ... Self - co-author of 'Heroine of Rescue'
Herman Landau Herman Landau ... Self - personal secretary to Recha Sternbuch
Ela Weissberger Ela Weissberger ... Self
Helga Kinsky Helga Kinsky ... Self
Michaela Hajkova Michaela Hajkova ... Self - art historian, Jewish Museum, Prague
Friedl Dicker-Brandeis Friedl Dicker-Brandeis ... Self (archive footage)




For most, the idea of Jewish resistance or defiance during the Holocaust is limited to the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and a few isolated acts throughout WWII. "Unlikely Heroes", narrated by Sir Ben Kingsley, highlights 7 previously unknown stories of extraordinary men and women who exemplified the highest levels of courage and human dignity during the most desperate days of the Holocaust. Written by Richard Trank

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Of the 7 true stories told in this film, one of them is about the life of actor Robert Clary, best known for playing the role of LeBeau in the TV show Hogan's Heroes (1965). See more »


Himself, chairman, World Jewish Congress: I know of no one else who did what he did. I can't explain because he didn't explain what it was that got him to continue to do it. He said that persons don't behave in a courageous manner unless they have something irresponsible in their behavior pattern. What he called irresponsible, I call courageous.
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I expected okay, I got Amazing
12 November 2004 | by phadrsSee all my reviews

The satellite system guide said this movie was recollections of Holocaust survivors about the Jewish Resistance fighters. I expected the usual series of difficult-to-understand interviews with old people about their experiences but my wife likes those so we watched.

The thing is, this wasn't about the camps. It was about the Resistance, which most of us know nothing of. Truly heroic stuff about guys who formed guerrilla camps in the forests to blow up Nazi troop and supply trains and bridges and heated and wrapped the rails around tree trunks. One guy stayed in the city with some friends and proceeded to don uniforms of dead Nazi officers and SS in order to infiltrate their meetings and then run off and rescue those Jews the Nazis were about to raid. I can't do the excitement of it all justice.

The form is clear interviews with both historians and survivors along with actual film footage of the Resistance activities of contemporary semblance thereof. It's like American Experience with Ben Kingsley taking over for David McCullough. Well worthwhile from many points of view.

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English | Hebrew

Release Date:

3 September 2003 (USA) See more »

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Moriah Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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