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Uprising

Year: 2001
Production Co: Brooklyn Films
Director: Jon Avnet
Producer: Jon Avnet/Raffaella De Lairentiis
Writer: Jon Avnet/Payl Brickman
Cast: Hank Azaria, David Schwimmer, Leelee Sobieski, Jon Voight, Donald Sutherland, Radha Mitchell

In the late eighties filmmakers plundered the Vietnam War for stories of different incidents or angles, each more graphic and 'realistic' than the last. Since Saving Private Ryan , everything from Thin Red Line to Band of Brothers has given us easily packaged doses of heroic WWII feats and generated a film industry WWII chic.

If you aren't tired of the pet WWII projects from endless producers and directors (or if you're a genuine enthusiast), don't go too far past Uprising. It attempts to correct the historical picture of the Holocaust victims as passive by telling the true story of the Jews of the Warsaw Ghetto taking up arms in resistance, holding the German army off for over a month and many escaping to tell their tale.

The brutal action, realism and pseudo-documentary style all make for gripping viewing and the drama and characters effectively convey the human side of the conflict. The only bugbear are the slightly silly accents employed by American actors. Like Valkyrie, native tongues and subtitles would have lifted it several notches of quality.

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