Uprising (2001 film)

Uprising is an American 2001 war/drama television miniseries about the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. The film was directed by Jon Avnet and written by Avnet and Paul Brickman. This miniseries was first aired on the NBC television network over two consecutive nights in November 2001.[1]

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Written byJon Avnet
Paul Brickman
Directed byJon Avnet
StarringLeelee Sobieski
Hank Azaria
David Schwimmer
Jon Voight
Donald Sutherland
Theme music composerMaurice Jarre
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Producer(s)Jon Avnet
Jordan Kerner
CinematographyDenis Lenoir
Editor(s)Sabrina Plisco
Running time151 minutes
Original releaseNovember 4, 2001 (2001-11-04)


On 1 September 1939, Germany invades Poland and after which the regulation was promulgated that all Polish Jews should move to the newly created Warsaw Ghetto.

As in all the ghettos, a Judenrat was appointed and was responsible for the administration of the ghetto. The film tells the moral dilemmas faced by Adam Czerniaków (Donald Sutherland), head of the Judenrat in the Warsaw Ghetto, who was ordered to carry out orders of the German authorities, including sending Jews to the Treblinka Concentration Camp.

A group of Polish Jews decide to rebel against the Germans and not to lend a hand to the murder of their brethren. They begin to organize their people in order to protect the honor of the Jewish people, but Czerniaków as the leader of the Judenrat objects to this activity, fearing violent German retaliation against the Jews in the ghetto. By the close of 1942, people living in the ghetto realize they are doomed as the deportations to Treblinka began. The rudiments of resistance are planned by Mordechai Anielewicz (Hank Azaria) together with Yitzhak Zuckerman (David Schwimmer) and laid the foundation for the Jewish Combat Organization, Zydowska Organizacja Bojowa (ZOB).

The film illustrates the moral dilemmas of members of the Jewish Combat Organization during the preparations for the revolt: "How to remain moral, in an immoral society?"

On January 18, 1943, Nazis raid the ghetto again, but this time the Jews resist. The Jewish Combat Organization stops the Nazi raids into the ghetto. Germans return on 18 April 1943, and the uprising in the ghetto breaks out. In the intervening time, many of the ghetto residents construct hidden shelters or bunkers in the basements and cellars of the buildings, often with tunnels leading to other buildings. The handful of fighters who have weapons take to these shelters, giving the uprising the advantage of defensive positions.

The fighters hold out for more than a month. In the more than three hours mini-series, we see a realistic and docu-like representation of what happened at the Warsaw ghetto.



The movie was filmed in multiple locations, including Bratislava, Slovakia and Innsbruck in Tyrol, Austria.


The miniseries's soundtrack was the last film score composed by Maurice Jarre, and prominently features the work of Max Bruch, including his Violin Concerto No. 1 during the opening sequence.

Alternate titlesEdit

The French title for the film is 1943, l'ultime révolte.[2] The German title for the film is Uprising: Der Aufstand.[3] The Polish title for the film is Powstanie.


The film has a score of 7.4 out of 10 on IMDb, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[4]


The film aroused controversy in Poland due to historical shortcomings and the way in which the attitude of Polish people to the Holocaust was shown. Most of the people of Polish nationality appearing in the film are depicted as anti-Semites who look indifferently or approving of the extermination of Jews. The film omits the fact that the Poles were also repressed and sentenced to extermination by the Nazis. In contrast to the occupied countries of western Europe, Poles were threatened to be executed on the spot, instead of being sent to prison for helping the Jews.[citation needed]


In 2002, the film received the following awards:[5]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Uprising". TV Tango.
  2. ^ 1943, l'ultime révolte: Amazon.fr: Cary Elwes, David Schwimmer, Donald Sutherland, Hank Azaria, Jon Voight, Leelee Sobieski, Jon Avnet: DVD
  3. ^ Uprising - Der Aufstand - Mini TV-Serie: Amazon.de: LeeLee Sobieski, Hank Azaria, David Schwimmer, Jon Avnet: DVD & Blu-ray
  4. ^ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0250798/
  5. ^ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0250798/awards

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