During World War II, four Jewish brothers escape their Nazi-occupied homeland of West Belarus in Poland and join the Soviet partisans to combat the Nazis. The brothers begin the rescue of roughly 1,200 Jews still trapped in the ghettos of Poland. Based on a true story.
Edward Zwick’s stiff, musclebound new movie tells the true story of the Bielski partisans, who fought the Nazis and rescued hundreds of Jews through the darkest years of war and genocide.
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