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Playing for Time

Year:
Duration:
150 min
Genres:
Drama | Music
IMDB rate:
8.1
Director:
Daniel Mann
Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 5 wins & 2 nominations
Details
Country: USA
Release Date: 1980-09-30
Filming Locations: Fort Indiantown Gap, Annville, Pennsylvania, USA
Cast
Actor
Character
Vanessa Redgrave
Fania Fenelon
Maud Adams
Mala
Christine Baranski
Olga
Robin Bartlett
Etalina
Marisa Berenson
Elzvieta
Verna Bloom
Paulette
Donna Haley
Katrina
Lenore Harris
Charlotte
Mady Kaplan
Varya
Will Lee
Shmuel
Anna Levine
Michou
Viveca Lindfors
Frau Schmidt
Melanie Mayron
Marianne
Marcell Rosenblatt
Giselle
Max Wright
Dr. Mengele
Shirley Knight
Frau Lagerfuhrerin Maria Mandel
Elaine Bromka
Tchiakowska
Faith Catlin
Liesle
Clarence Felder
Commandant Kramer
Marta Heflin
Esther
Martha Schlamme
Woman on train
Robert Dannon
SS officer
Thomas Everett
Chessplayer #2
Tom Everett
Young Chess Player
Mary Kay Fager
Polish woman
Huggy-Bear Ferris
The Executioner
John Griesemer
German trooper
Thomas La Fleur
Boy Scout
Lorraine Lucey
Ladislaus' mother
Robert Lucey
Ladislaus
Jeffrey Marcus
Rose's Husband
Mary McGonical
Tattooer
Monica Merriman
Canadian girl
Lee Jay Nelson
Edek
Peter Phillips
British radioman
Sidney Sandness
Asthmatic man
Zvee Scooler
Chessplayer #1
Dennis Michael Sheppard
German NCO
Dorothy Sherwood
Berta
Eoin Stewart
British Radio Operator
Grace Stover
Greta
Phyllis Vanier
Blockawa
Spencer Waldron
SS sergeant
Rick Washburn
Prisoner
Al Butler
Nazi officer (uncredited)
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Trivia
Barbra Streisand was originally offered the role of Fania Fenelon. Streisand resembles the real Fenelon much more than Vanessa Redgrave, who ultimately took the part.
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Despite controversy and attempted boycotts, the 3 hour film was the highest viewed program of the week, with 20.4 million American homes watching its debut.
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The real Fania Fenelon was upset over the casting of Vanessa Redgrave due to her support of the Palestine Liberation Organization.
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Goofs
At the end of the film Auschwitz is liberated by British troops. It was liberated by troops under Marshal Koniev of the 1st Ukrainian Front, Red Army.
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When the group of women are getting off the train at Auschwitz, Several Camp officers, are wearing Wehrmacht Officers hats which are clearly visible by the Crests they have on them. The SS hats have the Deaths Head (Totenkopf) symbol. No Wehrmacht Officer has ever been to known to work in any labor or death camp. Most of the regular Wehrmacht (Army) claimed to have had no knowledge about the Death Camps.
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Lagerfuhrerin Maria Mandel is wearing the famous 1930s-era black SS uniform. This is very common mistake in many WW2 films. The Black SS uniforms were discontinued at the start of the war in 1939 and replaced by the Green or Grey uniform. Only Waffen SS tank crews wore black uniforms in combat. This was not, however, the all black uniform worn by the pre-war SS, but rather a short, black waist-cut coat similar in style to that worn by tank crews in the Wehrmacht. She also is wearing the SS Runes patch on her uniform which was not worn in any Camps. SS guards,doctors,officers and personal wore a patch with the Deaths Head (Totenkopf) symbol.
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Photos from cast
Jane Alexander
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