Hanna's War (1988)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Biopic [feature], Docudrama, Melodrama  |   Release Date - Nov 23, 1988 (USA)  |   Run Time - 148 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - PG13
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Synopsis by Hal Erickson

Maruschka Detmers stars as Hannah Senesh, a real-life Hungarian Jew who became a martyr to the cause of freedom during WW II. Though safely ensconced in Palestine at the outbreak of the war, Hannah volunteers to venture behind enemy lines in Europe on a life-or-death mission. Unfortunately, she is captured, undergoing unspeakable tortures before the Germans are finished with her. The script, based on Hannah's diaries (as edited by Yoel Palgi), surprisingly downplays heroics in favor of sensationalism; the prison scenes could just as well have been lifted from a Linda Blair "babes behind bars" picture. Even so, Detmers is excellent in the title role, while Ellen Burstyn is likewise superb as Hannah's mother.



courage, against-all-odds, behind-enemy-lines, capture, espionage, Holocaust, infiltration, martyrdom, poet, torture, war