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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.

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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.

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Cast

Linda Hooper
as School Prinicpal
Tom Bosley
as Himself, Reading Letter
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 Letter Writer
Allison Sutherland
as Voice of Lena L. Gitter
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
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Critic Reviews for Paper Clips

All Critics (53) | Top Critics (19)

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

May 6, 2005 | Rating: 3/5
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

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

March 25, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
Seattle Times
Top Critic

What makes Paper Clips so powerful and moving is the way everyone in the film seems affected by the Whitwell project. The students change. The teachers change. The townspeople change.

March 4, 2005 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Not a sophisticated or very challenging film, nor should it be. It is straightforward, heartfelt and genuine.

February 25, 2005 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Symbolism is hard to swallow, and it's near impossible to relate to these paper clips as souls, especially when they are talked about in terms of collecting and counting and displaying.

February 24, 2005 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

The project is chronicled eloquently in Paper Clips, a documentary about how a few kids can make a difference, one paper clip at a time.

February 17, 2005 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

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.

erika bruhns
erika bruhns

Super Reviewer

Simple story, too saccharine for my taste

Lesley N
Lesley N

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!

Leigh Ryan
Leigh Ryan

Super Reviewer

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