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The Poet (2007)

R | | Drama | 21 June 2007 (USA)
At the dawn of World War 2, a Rabbi's daughter and a disenchanted German soldier fall in love and are separated by the war. They struggle on a perilous journey to find one another.

Director:

Damian Lee

Writers:

Jack Crystal, Damian Lee (writing consultant)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jonathan Scarfe ... Oskar Koenig
Nina Dobrev ... Rachel
Zachary Bennett ... Bernard
Kim Coates ... General Martin Koenig
Daryl Hannah ... Marlene Koenig
Colm Feore ... Colonel Hass
Mac Fyfe ... Frederick
Sebastian Pigott ... Peter
Zion Forrest Lee Zion Forrest Lee ... Hans (as Zion Lee)
Lara Daans ... Natasha
Marco Tallarico Marco Tallarico ... Igor
Lubomir Mykytiuk ... Sasha
Daniel Matmor Daniel Matmor ... Rabbi Taub
Zev Crystal Zev Crystal ... Yosef Faber
Melanie Merkosky ... Olga
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1939. During a blinding snowstorm, a young man in the Polish forest rescues a young unconscious woman who lost her way, he who takes her back to his farmhouse. It is love at first sight for both. That love does not change when the two learn of the other. He is Oskar Koenig, a Nazi officer assigned to an undercover unit, the men in the unit acting as Polish farmers to discover and turn in any Polish resistant fighters. She is Rachel, a Jew, the daughter of a rabbi, and fiancée to her childhood friend Bernard. She thought she loved Bernard until she experienced what she knows is true love for Oskar. Oskar is only fighting in the war to please his father, Nazi General Martin Koenig. In reality, Oskar, a poet with a romantic spirit to match, does not believe in war or fighting, and does not believe in what the Nazis, and thus by association what he and his father are doing. Due to circumstances of the war, Oskar and Rachel become separated, with their love for each other still in tact. ... Written by Huggo

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Taglines:

Together in Love. Separated by War.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence and sexual content | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English | German | Russian

Release Date:

21 June 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hearts of War See more »

Filming Locations:

Dundas, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Budget:

CAD11,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Named "Hearts of War" in the U.K.. See more »

Goofs

During the 12th minute - 12:24, 12:37 and 12:50 the sound boom is clearly visible in the top left of the screen - surprising to see with two people alone in a hut in 1939. Between 28:45 to 28:54 - the same thing again when the parents are have arrived for a chat - the sound boom is back. And again during the wedding scene in the barn 46:39 to 46:52 - the sound boom is there with the happy couple. See more »

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Tum Fa La La
Written by Dordge / Landers / Raiman
Performed by Shae Landers and Micaella Landers
2007 Straw Into Gold Music
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Third rate movie
11 August 2008 | by tds-26See all my reviews

The Poet is a surprisingly poor to mediochre movie, trying hard to jerk a tear. 'Schmalz' describes it well - a sort of 'Fiddler on the Roof' without the charm. It looks thoroughly naive and unsubtle, as if written by a 19-year-old. It even shows the technological innovation of a 'left-handed' bolt action on a rifle. The lisping pseudo-German English dialogue was pointless and distracting to the point of trying hard to send up "Allo, allo!". Even Roy Scheider played a stereotyped rabbi - I expected "Oy, vey!!" at any moment. The battle scenes give paintballing a bad name, with more than a hint of Star Wars special effects. A waste of a good budget. The idea of lovers from opposite political poles might have worked in a re-setting of Romeo & Juliet on the eastern front, but Shakespeare this wasn't.


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