Being 82 years old, I have seen a lot of movies, and this one ranks right up with there with the best. Unlike one reviewer, my grandsons, age 14 & 18, who usually find it too hard to watch an entire movie, were engrossed. I had watched it before, but watched it again with them. I am buying a DVD of this movie for my granddaughters, age 14 & 15, and I'll bet they will simply love it. Decent choices at the theater for those teenagers who don't talk like the common words inserted in movies to get a "certain rating" are hard to find. Is it any wonder you can hear the f word in most high school hallways?
How degrading that is, especially for girls. It used to be that junior high boys might use swear words while they were around other boys just like them, just to show how "tough" they were. But when a girl was close enough to hear, the language was cleaned up. That's gone now, and apparently nobody cares. After all it's just words, isn't it? Sorry, I swerved off the review.
I agree with another reviewer who said, "Why can't Hollywood make movies like this anymore"? It is very difficult to find a movie, even at the local library, which isn't degrading to most decent people, and filled with language which is embarrassing to anyone with a brain.
Some will say, "Well, that's just being realistic". Nonsense. This movie depicted war at it's worst; with inhuman treatment of Jews, and with suffering and death everywhere. Could you be any more realistic than that? The emotion in this movie was handled with great expertise, and the direction was outstanding.
Movies can be uplifting, like some of the greatest were, without depicting every degrading thing that actually occurred.