Grey Zone

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A Masterpiece

on 4/17/2007

Gritty, heart-breaking, and devastating, The Grey Zone is not for the faint of heart. The idea of exchanging your soul for a few more months to live is viscerally explored in this gripping but bleak film.

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Based on real life events, this film chronicles a unit of auschwitz's sonderkommando, a special squad of jewish prisoners who staged the only armed revolt that would ever take place at auschwitz.


Studio Lions Gate
SKU 40217619
UPC 031398823827
UPC 14 00031398823827
Format DVD
Release Date 2/1/2005
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Historic Events
Nazi Germany
Theatrical Release
World War II
Editors Note
Note Writer-director-actor Tim Blake Nelson presents THE GREY ZONE, a relentlessly bleak drama that uses one of history's most incomprehensible calamities to address the ultimate question of human survival. Based in large part on Miklos Nyiszli's book, AUSCHWITZ: A DOCTOR'S EYEWITNESS ACCOUNT, THE GREY ZONE is set in the nightmarish world of Auschwitz in the 1940s. The film tells the brutal tale of the twelfth Sonderkommando unit, Jewish prisoners who were granted a few extra months of life in return for their services in helping with the genocide of their people. While organizing a revolt against the Nazis, a group of Sonderkommandos (played with ferocious intensity by David Arquette, Daniel Benzali, David Chandler, and Steve Buscemi) discover a young girl who has somehow managed to survive the gas chamber. Risking their lives, they team up with a fellow Jew, Doctor Nyiszli (Allan Corduner), to revive the fragile youngster and redeem themselves in the process. Nelson's excruciating drama is all the more unsettling for its unflinching honesty. By placing his characters in a world suffused with death, he creates an unbearable scenario where every decision determines the fate of dozens, if not hundreds, of innocent lives. THE GREY ZONE also features deeply impassioned performances by Harvey Keitel, Mira Sorvino, and Natasha Lyonne.
New York Times "...THE GREY ZONE is certainly an honorable film..." 10/18/2002 p.E8
USA Today "...Nelson has a strong sense of movement and imagery..." 10/18/2002 p.3E
Entertainment Weekly "...The film's fearless and unflinching detail is matched by its subtle psychological force..." 11/01/2002 p.48
Movieline's Hollywood Life "...It builds powerful emotion by the end....The actors -- David Arquette, Mira Sorvino, Steve Buscemi and Harvey Keitel -- give moving performances..." 11/01/2002 p.30-1
Tim Blake Nelson
Daniel Benzali
David Arquette
Cast & Crew
Harvey Keitel - Star
Steve Buscemi - Star
Allan Corduner - Star
Daniel Benzali - Star
Natasha Lyonne - Star
David Arquette - Star
David Chandler - Star
Mira Sorvino - Star
Pamela Koffler - Producer
Tim Blake Nelson - Screenwriter
Tim Blake Nelson - Producer
Miklos Nyiszli - Source Writer
Russell Lee Fine - Director of Photography
Jeff Danna - Composer
Christine Vachon - Producer
Tim Blake Nelson - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2002
Catalog ID 8238-D
UPC 00031398823827
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 108 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English
DVD, Dolby Digital (5.1), Dolby, Digital Audio, English, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Arquette,David
Label Trimark Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD

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