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Hanna's War (1988)

During WW2 Hanna Szenes, a Hungarian Jew living in British Palestine, volunteers to go behind enemy lines to rescue Jews from deportation to death camps.

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Menahem Golan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ellen Burstyn ... Katalin
Maruschka Detmers ... Hanna
Anthony Andrews ... McCormack
Donald Pleasence ... Captain Thomas Rosza
David Warner ... Captain Julian Simon
Vincent Riotta Vincent Riotta ... Yoel (as Vincenzo Ricotta)
Christopher Fairbank ... Ruven
Robert Jacks ... Peretz (as Rob Jacks)
Serge El-Baz Serge El-Baz ... Tony
Eli Gorenstein ... Aba
Joe El Dror ... Yonah
Ingrid Pitt ... Margit
Jon Rumney ... Uncle Egon
Magda Faluhelyi Magda Faluhelyi ... Aunt Ella
Emma Lewis Emma Lewis ... Cousin Evi
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Storyline

At the beginning of World War Two a Hungarian Jew living in British Palestine volunteers to parachute behind enemy lines in German-occupied Yugoslavia to save fellow Jews from deportation to Nazi Death Camps. After she enlisted in the British Army she trained in Egypt as a paratrooper for the British Special Operations Executive. In the Spring of 1944 Hannah and a few colleagues were parachuted into Yugoslavia and joined a partisan group. Despite warnings against venturing into German-occupied Hungary Hannah insisted that she continue her mission. Arrested at the Hungarian border Hannah and her companions are sent to a special prison where she is interrogated under torture. However, Hannah refuses to reveal little more than her name. Written by nufs68

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The true story of one woman's courage against the brutality of the Third Reich.

Genres:

Biography | Drama | War

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Hungarian

Release Date:

21 September 1988 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Innocent Heroes See more »

Filming Locations:

Hungary See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$60,986, 27 November 1988

Gross USA:

$139,796

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$139,796
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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Helena Bonham Carter was set to play the lead role, but dropped out when the original director was removed from the project. See more »

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Overwrought but well done
14 June 2002 | by rps-2See all my reviews

The cinematography is brilliant, some of it (the seashore scenes in Israel) visual poetry. Donald Pleasance is superb as the smiling villain, a character he has done so well in other films. But on the whole, this movie is overwrought, overly long and a bit over the top. I've seen operas where people don't take as long to die as they do here. Are these real people and is this a true story? The closing credits lead you to believe that. But I was a little suspicious. It wouldn't be the first time Hollywood has used phoney "what happened to them" capsules in the closing credits to enhance a fictional story. I'm also impressed how Hanna keeps her lipstick perfect right through basic training, a parachute jump into enemy territory, riding with the partisans and being tortured. But then thats Hollywood I guess. Overall it's quite a watchable film despite these criticisms.


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