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The Island on Bird Street (1997)

PG-13 | | Drama, War | 11 April 1997 (Denmark)
Alex is an 11-year old boy who, during WWII, hides in the Jewish ghetto from Nazis after all the relatives have been sent to the concentration camp. The movie portrays the ghetto through ... See full summary »

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Uri Orlev (novel), John Goldsmith (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick Bergin ... Stefan
Jordan Kiziuk Jordan Kiziuk ... Alex
Jack Warden ... Boruch
James Bolam ... Doctor Studjinsky
Stefan Sauk ... Goehler
Simon Gregor Simon Gregor ... Henryk
Lee Ross ... Freddy
Suzanna Hamilton ... Stasya's Mother
Sian Nicola Liquorish Sian Nicola Liquorish ... Stasya
Michael Byrne ... Bolek
Heather Tobias Heather Tobias ... Mrs. Studjinsky
Leon Silver Leon Silver ... Mr. Gryn
Sue Jones-Davies Sue Jones-Davies ... Mrs. Gryn
Nigel John Whitear Nigel John Whitear ... Yanek
Misha Daniel King Misha Daniel King ... Avrum
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Alex is an 11-year old boy who, during WWII, hides in the Jewish ghetto from Nazis after all the relatives have been sent to the concentration camp. The movie portrays the ghetto through his eyes. Written by Anonymous

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nazi | jewish ghetto | jewish | boy | mouse | See All (16) »

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Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence | See all certifications »

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Denmark | UK | Germany | France

Language:

English | German | Latin

Release Date:

11 April 1997 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Insel in der Vogelstrasse See more »

Filming Locations:

Wroclaw, Dolnoslaskie, Poland

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Dolby

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Based on the semi-autobiographical Hebrew book "The Island on Birds Street" (HaI BeRehov HaTziporim), by Israeli author Uri Orlev. See more »

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Alex: A man should never drink alone!
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A Truly Moving Masterwork
28 January 2010 | by marksloggettSee all my reviews

Left alone to fend for himself in the rubble of the Warsaw ghetto, 11 year old Alex (Jordan Kiziuk) must try to survive and also avoid the ever-present Nazi soldiers in this gripping, intensely moving film. The viewer becomes totally involved with Alex and his plight, as he courageously and inventively continues to avoid detection. The acting, particularly that of young Kiziuk and the late Jack Warden as his kindly uncle Baruch, is superb. The dialog is fairly sparse, letting Alex's expressions and body language show his fears and emotions, which are masterfully rendered. The production design is incredible, and one feels transported to that time and place. The musical score is appropriately somber and haunting, and the cinematography stunning. Some reviewers have commented on the British accents of several characters, but I don't feel that it's a detriment. Overall, an outstanding cinematic achievement, deserving of its many awards. Appropriate for older children (12 and up), though there are several scenes that contain violence. Well worth seeking out, this is a film you won't easily forget. Highest recommendation.


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