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The Ritchie Boys

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Canada, Germany · 2004
1h 32m
Director Christian Bauer
Genre Documentary

During WWII, the U.S. formed an elite intelligence unit -- mostly German Jewish academics -- at Camp Ritchie, Maryland. Tasked with devising ways to break the morale of the SS, these men are credited with bringing an early end to the war. Determined, bright, and inventive, they fought their own kind of war; they were victors, not victims.

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Village Voice by

These are men who know of what they speak; they're also eloquent, erudite, and funny as hell.


New York Daily News by Elizabeth Weitzman

Still witty and eloquent, these cerebral boys became the haunted men who do their best to share their experiences with us, even as they know we'll never truly understand.


Chicago Reader by J.R. Jones

The visual monotony of talking heads and stock footage is interrupted occasionally by the spectral charcoal drawings of veteran Si Lewen, though his art is used to full advantage only when he describes the liberation of Buchenwald.


Film Threat by James Wegg

Any thinking person – no matter what political stripe or moral belief – needs to see this important film then try to apply its valuable lessons to today's, still, unstable planet.


The Hollywood Reporter by Michael Rechtshaffen

A fascinating documentary with a 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.


The New York Times by Neil Genzlinger

Those whose tolerance of Greatest Generation war stories isn't exhausted, not to mention those who still thrive on them, will find the group of men who called themselves the Ritchie Boys good company.


Variety by Robert Koehler

Christian Bauer's engaging The Ritchie Boys captures the excitement, ironies and "good war" feel of World War II.

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