The Ritchie Boys
Documentary Film Presentation on June 14, 2010
Join us for a special screening of The Ritchie Boys on Monday, June 14 at 7:00pm in the Petty Auditorium. The director’s children will be present and Q & A session will follow the screening.
Released 2004 – 90 minutes – Not rated
In English with some subtitled German
The Ritchie Boys is an engrossing documentary about a group of mostly German Jewish refugees who trained in military intelligence and espionage at Fort Ritchie, Maryland and then returned to Europe as U.S. soldiers. These unlikely heroes used their knowledge of the German language and culture as well as a lot of ingenuity and oftentimes unorthodox subterfuge to defeat the enemy.
A film by Christian Bauer.
|Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival - winner – Audience Favorite Award for Best Documentary|
|Hong Kong Jewish Film Festival – winner- Audience Award|
|Jerusalem International Film Festival 2005 – recipient - Jerusalem Municipality Prize in the Category of Jewish Experience|
|Short-listed for Best Documentary Feature, 2005 Academy Awards|
|“It hardly seems possible, yet outstanding documentaries on World War II continue to be made. Christian Bauer’s The Ritchie Boys is one of the best.” — Kevin Thomas, L.A. Times|
|““Here’s a war story that even History Channel has never told. A fascinating documentary with high entertainment quotient thanks to the fact that the film’s surviving subjects prove to be some of the most articulate, not to mention wittiest, octogenarians around.” — Michael Rechtshaffen, The Hollywood Reporter|
|“A work of incredible research, maturity and finesse, The Ritchie Boys is, above all, an incredible story of espionage and courage. For the first time, the surviving ’boys’ speak on camera about their rigorous intelligence training, their experiences on the frontlines and their unit’s special assignments.” — Karen Tisch, Hot Docs|
|“Mr. Bauer tracked down an engaging assortment of Ritchie Boys and, pacing his film beautifully, builds their testimony into an affecting group portrait.” — Neil Genzlinger, The New York Times|
|“Engaging...the stuff of a Hemingway novel. A great human tale..." — Robert Koehler, Variety|