The Ninth Day

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7.11 h 30 min200813+
In February 1942, Abbé Henri Kremer, a priest from Luxembourg, is released from the Dachau concentration camp and sent home. Kremer soon expects the Nazis are displaced with his bishop for refusing to cooperate with the German occupation forces. Under pressure of the Gestapo, Kremer gets nine days - or he must return to the living hell he just escaped from. German with English subtitles.
Directors
Volker Schlöndorff
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August DiehlUlrich MatthesHilmar Thate
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English [CC]
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Deutsch
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Karel DobrýBibiana BeglauPetr Janis
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124 global ratings

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the buzzardReviewed in the United States on July 24, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
One of the best I have ever seen
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Intense, thought provoking film. One of the best I have ever seen. So many war movies are sentimentalized garbage, mindless entertainment. . This movie is about a real true life hero. But unsung and unmentioned until this movie came along. See it. You will not regret it. Caution. Only for thinking veiwers. If you are into cheap entertainment, this is not for you.
23 people found this helpful
SkyeReviewed in the United States on August 2, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
A rare gem.
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This is a rare gem among many of the stories of WWII as it delves into the deep raw issues of that time. So many everyday decisions to honor One's conscience, to examine one's faith, trust in God, examine one's own actions whether they be of service or selfishness, or to save one's family or faith? These are the kind of decisions that we all face, but not usually under brutal conditions. Brilliantly portrayed in austerity and grace.
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ItcytwitcyReviewed in the United States on January 12, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Younger Generation should watch this
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First of all August Diehl is in this film he played the Gestapo Nazi from Inglorious Bastards this actor is why I bought this film. The actor playing the priest Ulrich Matthes, gave a fantastic performance,

The Holocaust has a lot of untold stories and the Holocaust needs to be studied and examined over and over again. Todays younger generation blindly throws the term NAZI around minimizing what they really are and what they did.

With out giving too much away-

It goes over loyalty to ones family

family is not always blood

Family is formed through crisis with people not related to you

The film gave a pretty good performance about hunger, you will feel it.

After this film you will understand the difference between being free and not, which is why some of the younger generation should watch this film and others like it.

Those who don't know history are condemned to repeat it.
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NachoLibreReviewed in the United States on February 16, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Saints within the furnace
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I was told this man's story by his niece, a friend of mine. Father Ulrich was an editor, and as such, knows how to tell a story. The detail into his life as a priest in Dachau taught me much about a chapter in the Nazi legacy I was previously unaware of. I am not Catholic myself, but I think anyone, of any faith, or none, will come to admire the men who suffered for their courage to speak out against oppression.
23 people found this helpful
Dr. EdwconrReviewed in the United States on May 7, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Truth trumps propaganda
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This priest survived because he had his 'come to Jesus Christ' meeting and recognized that (...'recognize the day of your visitation..'). He made a free will choice to 'sin no more' and only by grace through faith, despite extenuating circumstances, courageously choose the right choice, then the next right choice, giving all glory to Jesus Christ forever. His brother Roger, was what we would call nowadays pragmatic and/or even 'resourceful', but just like the difference between Jesus Christ (obedience) and judas-iscariot (willful disobedience), its courage, not mere pragmatism, that upholds and underpins principles.
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SarahReviewed in the United States on August 5, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Another excellent film!
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Its easy to forget that the early prisoners were against the Hitler and the Nazis, including in this case Catholic priests. As the Nazis wanted the priests to collaborate, they chose their fate in the prison camps.
I think it really shows their true belief in God in order for them to overcome the worst situation. I did read that half of them died, but at least half survived, and fortunately the Nazi regime was short lived when compared to the past German kingdom and the thereafter of a Democratic country. These films are important for us to never forget how evil the Nazi regime was, even though they can be hard to watch, so something like that kind of dictatorship never takes over again.
majdacReviewed in the United States on May 7, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Intense from beginning to end
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The scene were he is struggling to get one drop of water is so graphic. As prisoners, the priests aren't given enough water to drink and finding the barely leaking faucet was mana to him. That really made me think about how wasteful people are with something as simple as water. You see almost empty, half empty, almost full bottles of water left behind because the person was too lazy to throw the bottle away or to finish drinking it.
4 people found this helpful
Very Mad ManReviewed in the United States on July 30, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
This is a really powerful with excellent dialogue and character depictions
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This is a really powerful with excellent dialogue and character depictions. I normally don't watch movies with subtitles but something about this spoke to me and I'm glad I watched it.

The only thing that I didn't care for was an unnecessary camera effect in the concentration camp scenes. The director chose to show some scenes in slo-mo. I found it distracting and a blemish on an otherwise excellent film. That was minor, however, and the story and acting are excellent.
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