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Uprising (2001)

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One of many "inspirational" programs shown in the months following the September 2001 Twin Towers tragedy in New York, Uprising is based on the true story of the Jewish Fighting Organization, a courageous band of youthful Polish guerillas and freedom fighters who refused to knuckle under to the Nazis during World War II. Led by schoolteacher Mordechai Anielewicz (Hank Azaria), the organization comes into being as the Warsaw Jewish ghetto is being systemically decimated and shipped off to the Treblinka death camp by the German occupational forces. From April 19 to May 16, 1943, Anielewicz' followers staged a valiant uprising, which, though ultimately unsuccessful in stopping the Nazi "final solution" juggernaut, inflicted an enormous amount of damage upon the enemy and enabled hundreds of Polish Jews to escape the gas ovens and crematoriums. Much of the story is based upon the eyewitness testimony of surviving freedom fighter Simha "Kazik" Rotem, portrayed in the film by Stephen Moyer. Director Jon Avnet brilliantly combines newly filmed scenes with digitally refashioned archival footage of the actual uprising. Filmed in Bratisla, Slovakia, and boasting an all-star cast, Uprising was shown in two two-hour installments on November 4 and 5, 2001, over the NBC network.
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NR
Genre:
Drama
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Cast

Hank Azaria
as Mordechai Anielewicz
David Schwimmer
as Yitzhak Zuckerman
Jon Voight
as General Stoop
Leelee Sobieski
as Tosia Altman
Donald Sutherland
as Adam Czerniakow
Mili Avital
as Devorah Baron
Cary Elwes
as Ftitz Hippler
Sadie Frost
as Zivia
John Ales
as Marek
Andy Nyman
as Calel Wasser
Nora Brickman
as Clara Linder
Jesper Christensen
as General Kruger
Melanie Claus
as Fergie
Ben Crystal
as Julian Wald
Iddo Goldberg
as Zygmundt
Luke Mably
as Zachariah
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Critic Reviews for Uprising

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

A solid network effort about heroism in a most immoral world.

Full Review… | December 6, 2001
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Uprising, though flawed in a lot of ways, is still worth checking out if only to learn about a true-life inspirational tale.

Full Review… | August 1, 2003
Reel Film Reviews

Merits watching if only because it's a bracing corrective to the deeply entrenched image of Europe's Jews plodding, sheep-like, to their deaths in Nazi concentration camps.

Full Review… | December 7, 2001

A superior film that deserves real movie treatment.

December 6, 2001

Audience Reviews for Uprising

Very good made-for-tv mini series. Plenty of stars, thoughout. As a made-for-TV movie, this really does excel. The sheer scale of it is impressive enough, but in addition to that it is well paced, well written and well acted (with the exception of David Schwimmer who I just can't get past seeing him as Ross). I, also, learned a lot about the Jewish Polish resistance during WWII which I knew little about. Nice job!

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

½

Solid entertainment. Inspirational story, well-acted, but definitely has a network movie ambience to it. Wouldn't consider this a must see, but those who choose to invest their four hours won't be disappointed.

Robyn Nesbitt
Robyn Nesbitt
½

Great True Freedom Fighter Film that takes place during WWII.Most Jews either let themselves be peacefully rounded up, or went into hiding, but this Courageous Group in Poland Fought Back.This Story is Beautifully Acted & Worthwhile knowing.

Marilee Aschwanden
Marilee Aschwanden

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