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Good Evening, Mr. Wallenberg

1990 1h 55m History Drama List
Reviews 69% Audience Score 500+ Ratings
Raoul Wallenberg (Stellan Skarsgard) is a mild-mannered, apolitical upper-class Swede. An importer of luxury foods from Hungary, he was directly responsible for saving thousands of Hungarian Jews from massacre by the Nazis; by installing them in safe houses using falsified Swedish papers, he was able to evacuate them safely in small groups. When he learns that an order has been given to kill the 65,000 Jews in the Budapest ghetto, he must race against time to save them. Read More Read Less

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Rene Jordan El Nuevo Herald (Miami) This is so superior to the telefilm... there is no point of comparrison in its hallucinatory images, and superlative performance by Stellan Skarsgard. [Full review in Spanish] Jan 4, 2023 Full Review Read all reviews

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Steve D Powerful story well told. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/24/23 Full Review Audience Member A little-known but moving film about a man of wealth who saved scores of Jewish lives during the Holocaust. The movie is often compared to Schindler's List, but is drier and more subdued in its delivery. Its relative stoicism doesn't diminish the movie's emotional impact; the acting performances are understated but effective. It's also brilliant to see Stellan Skarsgaard as a younger actor in Europe before he became corrupted by Hollywood. The movie's pacing is a bit slow and a little off at times, but the movie is nonetheless a must-see, if only to recognize a little-known hero during this horrible time in modern history. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/23/23 Full Review Audience Member I would love to give this more stars, but I found it difficult to follow. I'm not sure if it's because it wasn't in English or if it's because I don't know enough about this important man, but I just couldn't connect emotionally with any of the characters in this film. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review Audience Member (*** 1/2): [img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon14.gif[/img] Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/18/23 Full Review Audience Member Since I'm Swedish and i'm yet to write a review for any Swedish films, I felt that it was about time time I write one. "Good Evening Mr. Wallenberg" aka "God Afton, Herr Wallenberg" is based on the true story of legendary Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg's final weeks in Budapest during the end of World War II. At the beginning of the film Raoul Wallenberg is the rather unknown member of the Wallenberg family, who could be called the Swedish counterpart to the Rockefeller family. While working as an importer of European delicacies, Raoul is travelling by train through Hungary when he sees a stopped cargo-train overloaded with people, and Nazi soldiers throwing out the bodies of Jews who have died during the trip. After that event, Raoul more or less demands a position as a diplomat in Budapest and the film fast-forwards a couple of months, to the final weeks of German occupation of Hungary. As the Sovjet's draw closer the Nazi threat to the small remainder of the Jewish population increase and Raoul have to use every method he can think of to save as many lives as possible. These methods include using fake Swedish protective passports, bribing Hungarian government officials and blackmailing German officers. Although the film is Swedish most of the story takes place in Budapest and most of the dialogue is in German or sometimes Hungarian. Stellan Skarsgård makes a great acting effort as, Raoul Wallenberg even though most of his performance is in a third language. The entire cast is great except for some of the Swedish actors who dramatically overact in contrast to the actors portraying the victims of the Holocaust. The film is very grim and cold in terms of tone, color and story development and the director have not been afraid to be honest when depicting atrocities, horror or suffering, but at the same time the film does a tremendous job showing what an extraordinary humanitarian Raoul Wallenberg actually was. It's not as good or as well-made like for example, Schindlers List, but just as heartbreaking, engaging and inspiring. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/20/23 Full Review Audience Member Such a great man but the story deserved better directing and editing! Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Raoul Wallenberg (Stellan Skarsgard) is a mild-mannered, apolitical upper-class Swede. An importer of luxury foods from Hungary, he was directly responsible for saving thousands of Hungarian Jews from massacre by the Nazis; by installing them in safe houses using falsified Swedish papers, he was able to evacuate them safely in small groups. When he learns that an order has been given to kill the 65,000 Jews in the Budapest ghetto, he must race against time to save them.
Director
Kjell Grede
Producer
Katinka Farago
Production Co
TV3 Sweden, Hunnia Filmstúdió, Hungarian Filmproduction, Filmhuset AS, Invik & Co., FilmTeknik, Sandrews, Svenska Filminstitutet
Genre
History, Drama
Original Language
Swedish
Release Date (Streaming)
Apr 17, 2020
Runtime
1h 55m