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The Grey Zone Details


Actor, writer, and director Tim Blake Nelson adapts this grim look at the Holocaust from his own play, based on Miklós Nyiszli's book, Auschwitz: A Doctor's Eyewitness Account. The film centers on the Sonderkommando: Jewish concentration camp prisoners whose job was to herd their fellow Jews into the gas chamber, and to dispose of the bodies following the execution. In return, these prisoners received food and a little more time before their own executions. As the members of the sonderkommando struggle to orchestrate what would be the only armed insurrection in Auschwitz, a group of them discover a 14-year-old girl who somehow survived the gas chamber. The girl becomes a symbol for their own spiritual salvation and they become obsessed with keeping the girl alive, even if it endangers the uprising that could save thousands. This film was screened at the 2001 Toronto Film Festival. ~ Jonathan Crow, Rovi

  • Release date:October 18, 2002


David Arquette
as Hoffman
Daniel Benzali
as Schlermer
Steve Buscemi
as Abramowies
David Chandler
as Rosenthal
Alan Corduner
as Dr. Nyiszli
Harvey Keitel
as Muhsfeldt
Natasha Lyonne
as Rosa
Mira Sorvino
as Dina
Michael Stuhlbarg
as Cohen
Lisa Benavides
as Anja
Brian F. O'Byrne
as Interrogator
Henry Stram
as Mengele
Lee Wilkof
as Man With Watch
Jessica Hecht
as Man's Wife
Kamelia Grigorova
as Girl


Tim Blake Nelson
Tim Blake Nelson
Avi Lerner
Pamela Koffler
Christine Vachon
Tim Blake Nelson
Tim Blake Nelson
Play Author
Jeff Danna
Composer (Music Score)
Tim Blake Nelson