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Walking With The Enemy (2014)

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Critic Consensus: While Walking With the Enemy tells a stirring and little-known true story, it's ultimately too heavy-handed to fully resonate.

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Inspired by a true story, WALKING WITH THE ENEMY is an unforgettable film of love, courage, and sacrifice. Set in Hungary during the final months of World War ll, a young man sets out to find his displaced family by stealing a Nazi uniform to pose as an officer. Filled with suspense and danger, he undertakes extraordinary measures to reroute his family and other Jews to safety by disrupting the activities of the German occupiers. (c) Liberty Studios

Cast

Jonas Armstrong
as Elek Cohen
Hannah Tointon
as Hannah Schoen
Ben Kingsley
as Regent Horthy
Simon Dutton
as Miklos Schoen
William Hope
as Carl Lutz
Simon Kunz
as Joszef Greenberg
Burn Gorman
as Colonel Skorzeny
Shane Taylor
as Miklos Horthy, Jr.
Simon Hepworth
as President Szalasi
Andrew Brooke
as Captain Kovarcz
Charles De'Ath
as Lt. Krieger
Mark Wells
as Ferenc Jacobson
Charles Hubbell
as Adolf Eichmann
Mark Wingett
as Sorenzi
Patrick Toomey
as Wisliceny
Karl Backus
as Col. Weber
Robert Jezek
as Janos Balacz
Naomi Capron
as Mrs. Schoen
Richard Albrecht
as Rabbi Cohen
Ralph Brown
as Gruzdev
Jade Moulla
as Sofi Cohen
Jonty Stephens
as Mr. Farkas
Asier Newman
as Adam Cohen
Tom Bacon
as Samuel
Gay Hamilton
as Frau Lustig
Iulia Lumanare
as Horthy's Secretary
Ken Bones
as Samuel Stern
Dan Hembal
as Drunken SS #2
David Jon Wilson
as Drunken SS #1
George Remes
as SS Officer
Irina Saulescu
as Col. Weber's Secretary
Stephen Marzella
as David Koenig
Brian Schmidt
as Arrow Cross #7
Ioana Abur
as Refugee Mother
Maria-Antoaneta Tudor
as The Young Mother
Shaun Schmidt
as Arrow Cross #8
Cristian Motiu
as German Soldier 1
Alin Olteanu
as German Soldier 2
Catalin Paraschiv
as Arrow Cross Lieutenant
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Critic Reviews for Walking With The Enemy

All Critics (36) | Top Critics (18)

An old-school drama so sincere, yet so ham-fisted, it borders on parody.

Full Review… | April 27, 2014
NPR
Top Critic

A little-known tale of Jewish resistance during the final days of WWII gets tackled with appreciable ambition and blunt, sporadic emotional force in "Walking With the Enemy."

Full Review… | April 27, 2014
Variety
Top Critic

Sometimes awkward and melodramatic, the debut film from director Mark Schmidt nevertheless derives strength from its little-known true-life story of Holocaust heroism.

Full Review… | April 25, 2014
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Top Critic

The film is as dramatically inert as its origins are inspirational.

Full Review… | April 25, 2014
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

A plodding and clunky drama that never misses an opportunity to embrace a cliché.

Full Review… | April 25, 2014
Richard Roeper.com
Top Critic

A badly written, poorly acted, bathetic pageant of bad wigs and worse accents, rendered with production values on a par with NBC's recent Sound of Music mummery.

April 25, 2014
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Walking With The Enemy

Professional reviewers commented this movie was melodramatic. This film's major weakness is it's heavy melodramatic structure. It's been a long time since I've seen a similar movie treatment. The second problem was the lead male character, Elek (Jonas Armstrong). He wasn't terrible, but I could not buy his take on the principal male hero. He did not ring true. Also, the ending felt very contrived. There are some pluses. The cinematography is very good. The story is good. Most of the actors are pretty good. Ben Kingsley is excellent. The various evil Nazi and right wing Hungarian thugs are very convincing. But, the whole film had an unreal, amateurish feel to it. It was a modestly OK trip to the flics.

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Overly melodramatic and shallow at the same time, this fascinating bit of holocaust history deserves a better movie than this.

scott sachnoff
scott sachnoff

You really can't go wrong with World War II-era movies. They just have so much emotional and real-life drama. It really makes you have so much respect for the people of that era, who basically saved the world by taking on Hitler and the Axis powers. I tip my hat to the veterans who served our country and won the war for our side. It reminds me of something I recently saw on the In View Series hosted by Larry King. The series has featured programming about military veterans lately. I'm thinking of this clip I saw about a retirement community for military veterans. "Walking with the Enemy" looks like a winner. I'll definitely try to catch it in theaters when it comes out. This seems like an original story that we haven't seen before. It would not surprise me if it gets consideration for awards.

Kacee Jones
Kacee Jones

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