PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, War
When an open-minded Jewish librarian and his son become victims of the Holocaust, he uses a perfect mixture of will, humor, and imagination to protect his son from the dangers around their camp.
Mel Brooks greatly disliked this film, claiming it made jokes out of the concentration camps. Brooks frequently satirizes Nazis themselves, but never makes jokes about their actions, considering the latter to be in bad taste even for him.
This is a simple story... but not an easy one to tell.
When the concentration camp is being evacuated, a half-track with the Balkenkreuz painted on it can be seen. Actually, this vehicle is an American-made M3 Half-track which was used by the Allied forces during the war and not by the Germans (although captured M3s were used by the Nazis in North Africa and on the western front).
Italian, German, English
£87,818 (UK) (14 February 1999)
$57,598,247 (USA) (3 October 1999)
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