Fighter (2001)

A psychological adventure that follows two European Jews who survived Nazism and revisit Europe for a tour of their past. Seventy-seven-year-old Jan Wiener and seventy-two-year-old Arnost Lustig escaped concentration camps and managed to… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: August 24, 2001
DVD Release Date: November 19, 2002
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

No larger aspect of what is in this film can be new to us; but seeing it in this old-friends perspective gives all of it, familiar and new, a novel effect.

Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

Spending time with these guys is an invigorating treat.

Derek Smith
Apollo Guide

'A humanistic piece about how the Holocaust, fascism, and the Second World War left permanent emotional scars on everyone who lived through it.'

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

What unfolds onscreen is remarkable: The passions and arguments of the past are resurrected in the present.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

Even if these guys hadn't each gone through so much strife and real tragedy in their life, they're just interesting right now to see them going back and forth.

Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International


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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News

Reminds us that different people react to madness -- in this case, the Holocaust -- in different ways.

Jay Carr
Boston Globe

Less a document of wartime experience than of the mentality one needs to maintain in order to be a fighter, and the danger of attacking, however benignly, cherished beliefs.

Dan Lybarger
Nitrate Online

Bar-Lev's intimacy with his subjects is remarkable, and it allows him to reveal how these men have managed to become and remain friends.

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