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Good Evening Mr Wallenberg [DVD] [1990] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Stellan Skarsgĺrd , Katharina Thalbach , Kjell Grede    DVD

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Story of Raoul who helped save the lives of thousands of Jews during the Second World War.

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82 of 85 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not an anti-hero, just an average person doing right 5 Nov 2004
By Anthony Sanchez - Published on
I feel fortunate to have seen this movie and I wish I had known about it years earlier. I have earlier heard about Raoul Wallenberg as a person who disappeared into the Stalin Soviet political prison system, but I knew little else. It is apparently still a mystery as to why he must have been a threat to Stalin unless Stalin presumed that Wallenberg would have remained in Hungary and agitated against the impending communist state. Regardless, Wallenberg's exploits to ultimately save thousands of Jews from extermination by fanatical Nazi's and Hungarian fascists is a story worth retelling.

What is most poignant about the story is that Wallenberg is presented as a very average person, but a person witnessing atrocities in German held territories. For most of the war, he was like the many thousands who too knew of the genocide and did nothing. But, for his own reasons, he chose to become involved. His role was relatively short (less than a year) and it could have been a complete failure. In fact, he did greatly succeed according to not only this movie, but in many other accounts of his actions. But, his success was less the story than his unselfish efforts. Unlike the majority who remained blissfully ignorant, he had enough self-awareness so as to judge himself unfavorably for life if he did not act. To me that is the real lesson, what did this story tell me about myself and what all of us should do when we see injustice?

It is true that the movie did not focus as much on his many achievements, but the film makers decided to keep the film within two hours and to increase the drama by alluding to the triumphs and viewing him in moments of dire consequences and severe spiritual strain. He witnessed children murdered and we could empathize with his helplessness. The film presents these death scenes matter-of-factly as Wallenberg looks at the survivors who until that moment saw him as a mythical character who could stop all such killings. Wallenberg was often able to escape for his safety, but stayed. Would any of us have done the same? I hope that I would have, but I can never know. I only hope that whatever he finally faced in Soviet prison, he knew an internal peace of having done more than he ever thought possible of himself. Please see this movie and show it to your children to keep these lessons alive.
82 of 87 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of those films that stay with you 10 Aug 2004
By Inger Watts - Published on
This is a dark and realistic film about how Wallenberg wanted to save defenseless men, women and children. I think that the selection of Wallenberg for the job amongst a group of Jewish leaders was rather heart gripping. The leaders referred to his papers saying his diplomas weren't that great and job history wasn't of that kind that would make him a first choice for the job. But, Wallenberg kept on saying; - You don't understand. I HAVE DECIDED THAT I AM GOING TO DO THIS JOB.

In Budapest he did what he could to save Jews of all ages. The viewer is also allowed to witness how it becomes increasingly harder to save people.

In this film you are made to face the brutal facts of what that happened during World War II. The film stays with you. Still, I normally watch films that I like many times, but with this one I haven't been able to do so.

Even so, I cannot forget what I saw.
37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an ACCURATE view of the holocaust 27 Mar 2000
By Jon Ross - Published on
Ignore the following review. I almost didn't buy this movie because of those horrid comments. But my intuition told me that I still should, and I am glad that I did. Raoul Wallenberg was NOT brooding and ineffectual in this movie, but rather was a heroic, caring, motivated man who did all he could to help many of the Jews of the Budapest ghetto. His character in this movie can easily be compared to that of Oskar Schindler in Schindler's List. I did NOT notice any significantly inexplicable flashbacks, abrupt transitions or dark picture that the following reviewer complained about. I agree with the last reviewer that this movie is not as emotional as Schindler's List, and certainly is not quite as well-done, but is still among the best holocaust movies that I've seen.
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An ordinary man, an extraordinary story 13 Jun 2006
By Yervant Kutchukian - Published on
Before us appear the last months of World War II in Budapest, presenting the monumental role of Raoul Wallenberg in saving the city's Jews with remarkable success. The story of Wallenberg and his tireless efforts is depicted with honest reality, conveying how selflessly he worked to save those who could not save themselves. By others, he was seen as a man of mediocrity adding nothing to the fame of his notable Swedish family of industry and finance. His unremarkable life caused many to doubt his suitability to rescue Jews in Central Europe. And yet, he went on to prove his doubters very wrong exhibiting anything but mediocrity as he devoted all his time, energy and resources to rescuing Jews in Budapest from trains that would have led to certain death. The film depicts his resourcefulness at devising new plans when previous methods of rescue no longer succeed. One cannot but be amazed at the gall he exhibited in approaching the Nazi general in command to avert the annihilation of the Jewish ghetto of Budapest, thereby saving 65,000 lives in addition to the some 35,000 lives he protected in safe houses disguised as Swedish government buildings. If these figures are accurate, Wallenberg is responsible for the saving of most of the Jews of Budapest who survived the war. Over and over, we see how he forwent his own comfort and needs in order to save one more life or make one more person's life a little easier. He never thought twice of putting his own life in danger to save another's. How tragic then his own disappearance at the close of the war, when the perceived danger had passed. He was taken by the Russians under the pretext of meeting with the newly established Hungarian government heads only to be taken to Russia never to be heard from again. While we may never know the fate of this most extraordinary hero, we have much to learn from his example of selfless love for one's neighbor. He made the ultimate sacrifice for humanity giving up his freedom and in all likelihood his life. This film offers a very tasteful recounting of his heroic efforts during the war and being filmed in Swedish, Hungarian and German adds to its authenticity. I would highly recommend this film to anyone wishing to learn about Raoul Wallenberg and the role he played in saving Budapest's Jews during World War II.
28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BETTER THAN SCHINDLER'S LIST 26 Jan 2002
By lyn wagner - Published on
I disagree with the previous reviewers. This movie was far better than Schlinder's List. For me it was more emotionally moving than Spielberg's List. In fact as far as I am concerned it makes Spielberg look like an amature. I also think Spielberg may have stolen the little girl's red coat idea from this movie. After seeing this movie I was so turned on that I checked out 2 biographies of Wallenberg from the library. The movie was very faithful to the biographies.
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