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Paper Clips (2004)

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Critic Consensus: A touching, though somewhat flat, documentary that follows a homogenous class of white Protestant eighth graders as they learn the importance of tolerance by erecting a monument to the 6 million victims of the Holocaust.

Movie Info

Directed by Joe Fab and Elliot Berlin, this documentary chronicles a rural Tennessee middle school's unique class project: finding a meaningful way to honor Holocaust victims. Brought up in a heavily fundamentalist Christian environment, most of the students had never seen, let alone spoken with, a member of the Jewish faith; nonetheless, the children of Whitwell found a poignant method of honoring the slain. Using individual paper clips to represent each life lost in the Holocaust, the students were inundated with contributions from around the world. Eventually, they managed to procure an authentic German rail car, which would become container to the millions of paper clips collected.more
Rating: G
Genre: Documentary, Special Interest
Directed By: , , , , , , ,
Written By: Joe Fab, Joe Fab
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 7, 2006
Box Office: $1.0M
Runtime:
Miramax Films - Official Site

Cast

Linda Hooper
as School Prinicpal
David Smith
as Assistant Principal
Tom Bosley
as Himself, Reading Let...
Peter Schroeder
as Journalist
Dita Smith
as The Washington Post
Rachel Gleitman
as Holocaust Survivor
Patrick Martin
as Postmaster
Bernard Igielski
as Holocaust Survivor
Samuel Sitko
as Holocaust Survivor
Mary Jane Higdon
as Interviewee
Joe Grabezak
as Holocaust Survivor
Kay Fab
as Voice of Opening Let...
Allison Sutherland
as Voice of Lena L. Git...
Miranda Ables
as 1998-1999 Student
Sherrill Atterton
as 1998-1999 Student
Candice Boston
as 1998-1999 Student
Angie Castle
as 1998-1999 Student
Coby Curvin
as 1998-1999 Student
Laura Davis
as 1998-1999 Student
Jessica Giles
as 1998-1999 Student
Tyler Hancock
as 1998-1999 Student
Ashley Lofty
as 1998-1999 Student
Ashley McGowan
as 1998-1999 Student
Christy Nunley
as 1998-1999 Student
Jessica Partin
as 1998-1999 Student
Jarvis Powell
as 1998-1999 Student
Lindsey Rollins
as 1998-1999 Student
Nicole Sanders
as 1998-1999 Student
Jennifer Vandergriff
as 1998-1999 Student
Chad Ables
as 1999-2000 Student
Steven Austin
as 1999-2000 Student
Molly Bailey
as 1999-2000 Student
Chris Brown
as 1999-2000 Student
Mindy Bryant
as 1999-2000 Student
Amanda Elliot
as 1999-2000 Student
Eric Fine
as 1999-2000 Student
David Flynn
as 1999-2000 Student
Felicia Floyd
as 1999-2000 Student
Monica Hammers
as 1999-2000 Student
Ashley Hooks
as 1999-2000 Student
Breeze Hudson
as 1999-2000 Student
Chris Johnson
as 1999-2000 Student
Bruce Kilgore
as 1999-2000 Student
Laurie Lynn
as 1999-2000 Student
Holly Norman
as 1999-2000 Student
Holly Perkins
as 1999-2000 Student
Chris Privett
as 1999-2000 Student
Robbyn Reynolds
as 1999-2000 Student
Jessica Shipley
as 1999-2000 Student
Jaide Terry
as 1999-2000 Student
Lance Webb
as 1999-2000 Student
James Carroll Jordan
as 2000-2001 Student
Ashley Clemons
as 2000-2001 Student
Casey Condra
as 2000-2001 Student
Heath Cookston
as 2000-2001 Student
Talena Cookston
as 2000-2001 Student
Cassie Crabtree
as 2000-2001 Student
Chaddi Hatfield
as 2000-2001 Student
Elizabeth Henry
as 2000-2001 Student
Cassie Higgins
as 2000-2001 Student
Laura Jefferies
as 2000-2001 Student
Mitch Kilgore
as 2000-2001 Student
David King
as 2000-2001 Student
Taylor Lawson
as 2000-2001 Student
Myles Parris
as 2000-2001 Student
Tory Raulston
as 2000-2001 Student
Felicia Rollins
as 2000-2001 Student
Tashawnna Seber
as 2000-2001 Student
Drew Shadrick
as 2000-2001 Student
Robyn Sisco
as 2000-2001 Student
Allison Thomas
as 2000-2001 Student
Latosha Worley
as 2000-2001 Student
Joseph Bailey
as 2001-2002 Student
Trey Bell
as 2001-2002 Student
Kristin Clemons
as 2001-2002 Student
Jaya Cookston
as 2001-2002 Student
Ryan Cookston
as 2001-2002 Student
Terri Lynn Floyd
as 2001-2002 Student
Wendy Floyd
as 2001-2002 Student
Chris Fox Gilson
as 2001-2002 Student
Allison Hall
as 2001-2002 Student
Amanda Headrick
as 2001-2002 Student
Carie Kilgore
as 2001-2002 Student
Katie Layne
as 2001-2002 Student
Thomas Martin
as 2001-2002 Student
Ashley Edward Miller
as 2001-2002 Student
Judy Morrison
as 2001-2002 Student
Jeremy Nunley
as 2001-2002 Student
Randi Perkey
as 2001-2002 Student
Laurie Lynn
as 1999-2000 Student
Holly Perkins
as 1999-2000 Student
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Critic Reviews for Paper Clips

All Critics (59) | Top Critics (22)

You have to be a pretty cynical not to be a little moved.

Full Review… | May 6, 2005
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

It's a remarkable story, and well worth seeing, particularly for its handful of genuinely affecting moments.

Full Review… | March 25, 2005
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Docu is the best introduction to the Holocaust for tweens.

Full Review… | December 31, 2010
Common Sense Media

Interesting and frequently moving documentary but it misses several opportunities to widen the scope and make some important points.

Full Review… | October 14, 2006
ViewLondon

the message attached is genuine and worth listening to

Full Review… | March 23, 2006
Filmcritic.com

Who knew a movie that seeks to remind us of one of the greatest horrors in human history could be so unintentionally hilarious?

Full Review… | October 27, 2005
eFilmCritic.com

Audience Reviews for Paper Clips

Paper clips are a documentary about a schools project to represent all the people who died in the Holocaust. The kids at this school only know people from one race white and they were all christens. They have never seen other races or never met a Jew before. They got an authentic German rail car to put the chain of millions of paper chips in. I
Pros
Really moving.
Makes people see the world in different way.
I was shock to see how little as a paper chip and how one group of people was able to make a big lasting impact on today's world.
An eye opener.
Con
Slow at times.
Warning
It might not be for everyone.
If u want a moving documentary you should give this a try.

erika250
erika bruhns

Super Reviewer

½

Very interesting, although it sounds like it wouldn't be. I thought it was brilliant what they did. I wear a paper clip every day on my shirt in support of the project. KUDOS!

dreamfaeries
Leigh Ryan

Super Reviewer

Simple story, too saccharine for my taste

lesleyanorton
Lesley N

Super Reviewer

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