Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Bond of Brothers as Craig Stars in True Tale of Jewish Defiance; Defiant Mood: Daniel Craig, above, with Members of the Cast and Crew in Leicester Square, Including Jamie Bell, Jodhi May and Alexa Davalos, Right. Left, Craig and Liev Schreiber, Who Plays His Brother

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Bond of Brothers as Craig Stars in True Tale of Jewish Defiance; Defiant Mood: Daniel Craig, above, with Members of the Cast and Crew in Leicester Square, Including Jamie Bell, Jodhi May and Alexa Davalos, Right. Left, Craig and Liev Schreiber, Who Plays His Brother

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Byline: DEREK MALCOLM

REVIEW Defiance Odeon, Leicester Square

THE story is extraordinary, all the more so because it is true. In 1941, three farming brothers, Jewish Poles, took refuge in the dense woods of Belarus near the Novogrudok ghetto as the Nazi occupiers massacred their compatriots by the thousand.

They not only learned how to stay alive but fought the German patrols and their collaborators and raided their old homes to mete out revenge.

By the end of the war they had established a community of survivors numbering well over 1,000.

So much for the persistent theory that the Jews did nothing to fight back.

In Edward Zwick's film, based on Nechama Tec's moving book of the same name, Daniel Craig taking time off from playing James Bond Liev Schreiber and Jamie Bell take the parts of the brothers, fierce rivals at times but determined somehow to survive. It is an unorthodox cast probably an attempt to increase the box office value of yet another holocaust story. …

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