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Based on a true story, Return to the Hiding Place is the dramatic continuation of Corrie Ten Boom’s story. Filled with drama, romance, and thrilling action, this film is heart-wrenching and breathtaking. Corrie realizes that the Nazis are going to senselessly murder thousands of Jews in order to further their own empire. Her heart for justice cannot simply stand by and watch innocents be slaughtered, so she decides to do something. Though harboring Jews and attempting to save their lives will put her in direct conflict with the Nazi Gestapo, she knows that doing the right thing is what she must do. Her way of fighting back against the rising Nazi Empire comes in a surprising and unexpected way. Corrie rallies an army of young, untrained teenagers to fight the growing evil.
Meanwhile, a teenager named Hans Poley, makes a huge decision that greatly impacts his future. Though he is expected to join the Nazi party, he feels uncomfortable with their policies and refuses to join. In order to protect him from being harmed or forced to join, his parents send him into hiding. This hiding place that he goes to turns out to be Corrie’s house. While in hiding here, he discovers what is actually happening to the Jews. They are being sent to secret death camps, unbeknownst to a majority of the population. These undercover atrocities bring to light the flaws and horrendous activities being performed by the Nazis, and Hans develops a heart for helping free the Jews from the Holocaust.
After expressing his interest in the underground movement, he is recruited by Piet Hartog, a resistance fighter. Piet is romantically involved with Corrie’s niece, Aty van Woerden, and Hans is drawn into the world of the Nazi resistance. This web of mystery and secret missions is the setting for The Hiding Place.
Together, Hans, Piet, and Aty are met with severe challenges and great opposition. Their work is hard and full of terror, but it is the right thing to do. Return to the Hiding Place is filled with dramatic missions, secret codes, underground hiding places, disguises, and treachery. Their action-filled adventures even include rescuing an entire orphanage full of children that are slated to be killed by the Nazis. This film will move viewers to tears as they cheer for the victories and cry for the losses that the characters experience. Reconnect with The Hiding Place in this dramatic and emotional film.
The true story of Return to the Hiding Place begins with the Nazis placing severe restrictions on the Jews and supposed sympathizers. Food was restricted, curfews were imposed, and life in the Netherlands changed greatly with the German invasion. People began to speculate what was really happening to the Jews as they were being driven out of the country. Were they really being taken to safe and human locations, or were the Nazis lying? Eventually, the public figured out what the concentration and labor camps were really like, and awareness was spread about the horrors of the Holocaust.
When Hans Poley refused to join the Nazi party, a target was instantly put on his back. He was seen as someone who could be a potential threat to Hitler and his regime. Before he could be taken into custody or forced to join the Nazis, his parents decided to put him in hiding. He was sent to Corrie Ten Boom’s hiding place, and became the first guest to ever stay at their house. Instead of just staying under their care, he contributed to their cause and developed a heart to help the Jews in hiding.
Not much is known about his later involvement with the resistance, so this is fictionalized in Return to the Hiding Place. His actions have been kept a secret, and it is speculated that he gained a new, false identity when he joined Piet and Aty. Because of that, this film dramatized the rest of his story and created a fictional film based on the truth.
Return to the Hiding Place has received seven different nominations for awards, and has won all seven of those awards. These include best feature film and audience choice award at the San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival, the award of excellence at the Accolade Competition, festival prize best feature film at the Central Florida Film Festival, and the best film, cinematography, and directing awards at the Bel Air Film Festival.
Critics have given mixed reviews toward this film, with some citing that the story was not true to what actually happened and was marketed as completely true. However, the company that produced this film made sure to state that it was based on a true story, and was dramatized for dramatic appeal. Overall, it is rated as family-friendly, fast-paced, intense, and highly emotional. The actors deliver convincing and passionate performances, which make Return to the Hiding Place come to life on the screen.
Return to the Hiding Place has many themes running throughout it, the most prevalent being the theme of right versus wrong. What the Nazis are doing in this film has nothing to do with what is right, and everything to do with a narrow-minded point of view.
Throughout the Holocaust, the people were inundated with Nazi propaganda. They were falsely led to believe that they should go with the flow no matter what, because Hitler had supreme power. They used scare tactics and harsh punishment to force people into serving them and doing their bidding. Great fear swept the nation as people realized what was happening.
A brave few, however, took a stand for what was right. They saw that the supposed “cleaning up” of the races was actually mass genocide and had to be stopped. It did not matter how many people said this was the right thing to do, because it did not change the truth. The Holocaust was filled with senseless acts of violence and leaders that ruled by fear.
Return to the Hiding Place beautifully portrays this struggle between right and wrong, making this film dramatic and compelling.
When Corrie ten Boom realizes the rising Nazi empire will destroy Holland and create the holocaust of every innocent Jew in secret death-camps in Return to the Hiding Place, she faces the deadly risk of these "Death-Skull Storm Troopers" with a surprising cure, an army comprised of untrained teenagers.
Just hearing the movie title, Return to the Hiding Place, led me to believe it was a followup to Ten Boom's story, but in actuality, the "untold true story" runs parallel to The Hiding Place and intertwines Ten Boom's story with that of the secret (college) student army that worked fearlessly and tirelessly under Ten Boom's supervision (and roof) to advance the cause against the Nazis.
Watching the movie I was pleased to see that there were some familiar faces, most notably John Rhys-Davies (Lord of the Rings), David Thomas Jenkins, and Slate Holmgren. I actually had to the pause the movie midway through and pick it up later, and was on pins and needles wondering what was going to happen next! I was drawn into the plot and surprised at the twists and turns. This was well written (Bart Gavigan and screenplay by Peter C. Spencer), well acted, and well directed (Peter C. Spencer and Josiah Spencer). Faith-based movies haven't always measured up, but I see a trend that they're getting better and better, and this one definitely *does* measure up. It's a keeper and a movie I'll not only re-watch, but I'll share with friends/family!
Thank you to FishFlix for allowing me the opportunity to watch and review Return to the Hiding Place. (Posted on 10/18/16)
Most of us are quite familiar with Corrie Ten Boom and her heroic efforts to hide and save Jews in her home. What is less known is the story of those who chose to help her in her efforts. Most of these courageous people were university students that chose to follow their conscious and risk their own lives.
In Return To The Hiding Place we get the fictionalized version of these terrifying days in the Netherlands. The strength and bravery exhibited is phenomenal. Each of the members of the Resistance daily risked their lives for those that had lost everything and were in danger of losing their very lives.
The scenes involving the orphanage and the children were gut wrenching. How could human beings become so callous as to harm innocent children? The story of Hans, Piet, and Aty remind us that it only takes a few to stand up and make a difference.
I was moved my this movie and felt like it was a great reminder that we need to remember the atrocities of the past in order to not have them repeated in the future. While it is based on actual facts that can be found in any good history textbook it is still a gruesome part of our history. For that reason I would caution parents about watching this with young children. Nothing is shown but references are made to some very horrific events.
This movie would make a good additional resource for homeschooling families that are studying the Holocaust and World War II. It is a good companion piece to The Hiding Place.
I received a copy of this movie to facilitate my review. (Posted on 6/18/16)
I enjoyed the movie very mush I enjoyed it much more than the first making of it thank you for your speedy delivery also Nora olSo (Posted on 11/12/15)
Absolutely loved this film. It was done incredibly well and truly left me on the edge of my seat. Definitely one worth buying! (Posted on 11/7/15)
Amazing story of courage and faith. Well acted and produced. I was able to visit the Corrie Ten Boom house museum in 2011 and step into the hiding place closet, and it was truly life changing. (Posted on 10/31/15)
I am just curious to know the length of this film? (Posted on 9/28/15)
Good story The film was well enough made, acted and directed. However, this is a story of teenagers, and would have been much more impressive if it had actually been acted by teenagers rather than 20-somethings. We are used to stories from war-time with 20-somethings, that's the majority of our soldiers. I think the film makers missed a big opportunity to have much bigger impact by using a cast that cannot pass as those they are portraying. Still, it is enjoyable enough to watch, and I am glad I purchased this film. (Posted on 9/27/15)