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The Grey ZonePhone-service pitchman Arquette surprises with an actorly seriousness as a Sonderkommando, one of the Jews who helped run Nazi death camps in exchange...The Grey ZoneHistorical, DramaPT108MRPhone-service pitchman Arquette surprises with an actorly seriousness as a Sonderkommando, one of the Jews who helped run Nazi death camps in exchange...2003-03-21Steve BuscemiAllan CordunerDaniel BenzaliJessica HechtMira SorvinoSteve Buscemi, Allan Corduner, Daniel Benzali, Jessica Hecht, Mira SorvinoLions Gate Films
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The Grey Zone

Genre: Historical, Drama; Starring: David Arquette, Harvey Keitel, Natasha Lyonne, Steve Buscemi, Allan Corduner, Daniel Benzali, Jessica Hecht, Mira Sorvino; Director: Tim Blake Nelson; Author: Tim Blake Nelson; Release Date Limited: 10/18/2002; Runtime (in minutes): 108; MPAA Rating: R; Distributor: Lions Gate Films

Phone-service pitchman Arquette surprises with an actorly seriousness as a Sonderkommando, one of the Jews who helped run Nazi death camps in exchange for privileges and a few extra months of life and who, in October 1944, staged a partly successful rebellion at Auschwitz that destroyed one of the camp’s four crematoriums. Despite some forced dialogue that betrays the film’s stage origin (actor-writer- director Tim Blake Nelson adapted his play for the screen) and uneven accents (Keitel’s German officer at times verges on caricature), Grey, with its unsparing vision, poses a maddening question: If you are, for all intents, already dead, do your actions matter?

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