Operation Pied Piperby dgranger | created - 10 months ago | updated - 10 months ago | Public
Operation Pied Piper was the code name of the program the British did in World War 2 to get the children out of London and coastal areas and move them into the country during the Battle Of Britain and the Blitzkrieg. Some children had stayed in London. Some operations like this were done in Europe by private individuals to get Jewish refugees out of Axis occupied Europe and Asia. Some children were caught and sent to prison or concentration camps.
These are films ranging from animated musicals, to fantasy, to comedy, to gritty war dramas that deal with this part of WW2: how children lived through that war. I will include both sides of that war. Which one is your favorite? (I will start with the fantasy films showing part of Operation Pied Piper and then move to the more realistic and grittier war dramas.) Follow the Piper here to discuss the topic. Live poll: https://www.imdb.com/poll/QweiHZXe138/
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PG | 143 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Four kids travel through a wardrobe to the land of Narnia and learn of their destiny to free it with the guidance of a mystical lion.
Votes: 351,936 | Gross: $291.71M
2. Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971)
G | 117 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
An apprentice witch, three kids and a cynical magician conman search for the missing component to a magic spell to be used in the defense of Britain in World War II.
Votes: 32,456 | Gross: $18.53M
3. Peter Pan 2: Return to Never Land (2002)
G | 72 min | Animation, Adventure, Family
In London during World War II, this is the story of Wendy's daughter, Jane, who is kidnapped by Captain Hook and Peter Pan must come to the rescue.
Votes: 17,441 | Gross: $48.43M
4. Father Goose (1964)
Approved | 118 min | Adventure, Comedy, Romance
During World War II, a man persuaded to live on an isolated island and spot aircraft finds himself responsible for a teacher and several students, all female.
Votes: 9,135 | Gross: $12.50M
5. Snow Treasure (1968)
G | 95 min | Action, Drama, War
This movie is based on a book by Marie McSwigan. It is 1940 in Norway, a neutral, peace-loving country that is invaded by Nazi Germany. A gang of Norwegian children do what Norwegian ... See full summary »
It was sledding, not ski-ing as the summary states. The novel it is based on is still in print and is based on a true story. In the back of the book, there is a 3 paragraph article titled “Did This Story Really Happen?” The real facts are that on June 28, 1940, one year after World War 2 started and Norway was invaded by the Nazis (I won’t call them Germans), the Norwegian Freighter Bomma docked at Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A. And offloaded a cargo of what back then was $9,000,000 dollars worth of gold bullion. When asked how the gold was smuggled out of Nazis controlled Norway, the Captain told the U.S. officials Norwegian children smuggled the gold on their sleds to the freighter right past the Nazis solders. The captain had refused to name the fjord used for the smuggling in order to protect the children in that area should the Nazis ever learn of how this was done and decide to punish the children of the town. Other than what the Captain told officials that day, no other proof exists that this story is real.
6. Miracle at Moreaux (1985 TV Movie)
58 min | Drama, History
A French Catholic boarding school allows three Jewish children to take refuge at Christmas during the Nazi occupation.
This is also based on a book that is still in print, “Twenty and Ten”.
7. The Pied Piper (1942)
87 min | Drama, War
While traveling in France during the Nazi invasion of 1940, an Englishman is entrusted with the care of a group of refugee children.
This story is fictional but some historical people really did it.
8. The Inn of the Sixth Happiness (1958)
Approved | 158 min | Biography, Drama, War
All her life Englishwoman Gladys Aylward knew that China was the place where she belonged. Not qualified to be sent there as a missionary, Gladys works as a domestic to earn the money to ... See full summary »
9. The Diary of Anne Frank (1959)
Approved | 180 min | Biography, Drama, Family
During World War II, a teenage Jewish girl named Anne Frank and her family are forced into hiding in the Nazi-occupied Netherlands.
Votes: 11,537 | Gross: $5.01M
10. Hope and Glory (1987)
PG-13 | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Bill, a young boy living on the outskirts of London experiences the exhilaration of World War II. During this period, Bill learns about sex, death, love, hypocrisy, and the faults of adults as he prowls the ruins of bombed houses.
Votes: 11,929 | Gross: $10.02M
11. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008)
PG-13 | 94 min | Drama, War
Through the innocent eyes of Bruno, the eight-year-old son of the commandant at a German concentration camp, a forbidden friendship with a Jewish boy on the other side of the camp fence has startling and unexpected consequences.
Votes: 180,241 | Gross: $9.03M
13. Life Is Beautiful (1997)
PG-13 | 116 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
When an open-minded Jewish librarian and his son become victims of the Holocaust, he uses a perfect mixture of will, humor, and imagination to protect his son from the dangers around their camp.
Votes: 586,087 | Gross: $57.60M
14. Schindler's List (1993)
R | 195 min | Biography, Drama, History
In German-occupied Poland during World War II, industrialist Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazis.
Votes: 1,151,431 | Gross: $96.90M
15. Australia (2008)
PG-13 | 165 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Set in northern Australia before World War II, an English aristocrat who inherits a sprawling ranch reluctantly pacts with a stock-man in order to protect her new property from a takeover plot. As the pair drive 2,000 head of cattle over unforgiving landscape, they experience the bombing of Darwin, Australia, by Japanese forces firsthand.
Votes: 116,417 | Gross: $49.55M
16. Sophie's Choice (1982)
R | 150 min | Drama, Romance
Sophie is the survivor of Nazi concentration camps, who has found a reason to live with Nathan, a sparkling if unsteady American Jew obsessed with the Holocaust.
Votes: 39,155 | Gross: $30.04M
17. Enemy at the Gates (2001)
R | 131 min | Drama, History, War
A Russian and a German sniper play a game of cat-and-mouse during the Battle of Stalingrad.
Votes: 233,047 | Gross: $51.40M
I mean Sasha’s sub-story
18. The Two of Us (1967)
Not Rated | 86 min | Comedy, Drama
In Nazi-occupied France, a Jewish child is sent away from his family and conceals his religious affiliation from the anti-Semitic elderly man that takes care of him.
Votes: 1,821 | Gross: $0.05M
(Suggested by Peter)
19. Au Revoir les Enfants (1987)
PG | 104 min | Drama, War
A French boarding school run by priests seems to be a haven from World War II until a new student arrives. He becomes the roommate of the top student in his class. Rivals at first, the roommates form a bond and share a secret.
Votes: 29,329 | Gross: $4.54M
(Suggested by Peter)
20. Forbidden Games (1952)
Not Rated | 86 min | Drama, War
A young French girl orphaned in a Nazi air attack is befriended by the son of a poor farmer, and together they try to come to terms with the realities of death.
Votes: 10,559 | Gross: $0.01M
(Suggested by Peter)