Out of the Ashes

Out of the Ashes

Director: Joseph Sargent Cast: Christine Lahti, Beau Bridges, Richard Crenna


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This powerful, politically charged cable TV movie was based on the memoirs of Hungarian gynecologist and Holocaust survivor Gisella Perl. Having spent the WWII years in charge of the woman's infirmary at Auschwitz, Perl (played by Christine Lahti) hopes to leave her living nightmare behind when the Allies liberate Europe. But when she applies for American citizenship in 1946, she is hauled into military court to explain the extent to which she "collaborated" with the Nazis during the war. The U.S. officials are especially disturbed by the number of illegal abortions Perl performed at Auschwitz without her superiors' knowledge. But as Perl struggles to explain to her relentless interrogators (the explanation taking the form of extended flashbacks), she terminated the lives of the unborn to save thousands of pregnant women from the Nazi gas chambers. Filmed on location in Canada, the U.K., and Lithuania, Out of the Ashes made its Showtime network debut on April 13, 2003.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/20/2004
UPC: 0758445110937
Original Release: 2003
Rating: R
Source: Showtime Ent.

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Christine Lahti Gisella Perl
Beau Bridges Herman Prenitss
Richard Crenna Jake Smith
Bruce Davison Peter Schuman
Jonathan Cake Dr. Mengele
Zoie Palmer Didi Goldstein
Jolyon Baker Frederick Krauss
Jessica Beitchman Marta Weiss
Oliver Cotton Moshe Perl
Michelle Fine Fanny Perl
Maria Ricossa Esther Jacob
Ingrid Veninger Zozia
Emma Wellbelove Young Gisella
Nina Young Irma Griese
Vytautas Rumsas David Perl
Inga Tuminiene Cilla Perl
Adrija Cepaite-Palsauskiene Rose Perl
Inga Maskarina Helen Perl
Nola Augustson Sarah Goldstein
Alan Jordan Issac Goldstein
Judah Katz Dr. Jonas Ruben
Monika Biciunaite Dr. Ruth Stern
Kilimciauskaite Katya Weiss
Kristina Mauruseviciute Leitu
Getter Kosolov Young Cilla Perl
Aurelija Pasmuntaite Young Rose Perl
Joonas Suokko Young David Perl
Elena Stonciute Young Helen Perl

Technical Credits
Joseph Sargent Director
Gerald W. Abrams Executive Producer
Charles Bernstein Score Composer
Michael Brown Editor
Thomas Michael Donnelly Executive Producer
Jeff Steven Ginn Production Designer
Robert Halmi Executive Producer
Galius Klicius Art Director
Lee Levinson Producer
Anne Meredith Teleplay
Marianne Moloney Executive Producer
Donald M. Morgan Cinematographer
Daiva Petrulyte Costumes/Costume Designer
Genovaite Vidauskaite Art Director
Edward Wessex Executive Producer

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5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This was an excellent and very well made movie about the horrific events of the holocaust as seen through the eyes of a female physician prisoner. I felt as if I had been there with her.