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  • Summary: Nicholas Winton, an Englishman (today 102 years old) organized the rescue of 669 Czech and Slovak children just before the outbreak of World War II. Winton, now 102 years old, did not speak about these events with anyone for more than half a century. His exploits would have probably been forgotten if his wife, fifty years later, had not found a suitcase in the attic, full of documents and transport plans. Today the story of this rescue is known all over the world. 120,000 children in the Czech Republic signed a petition to award Nicholas Winton the Nobel Prize for Peace. Dozens of Winton's children have been found and to this day his family has grown to almost 6,000 people, many of whom have gone on to achieve great things themselves. It is incredible that all these people live due to the heroic deeds of one man - Sir Nicholas Winton. Collapse
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  1. Reviewed by: Anita Gates
    Jul 18, 2013
    80
    An enthralling documentary.
  2. Reviewed by: Loren King
    Jul 16, 2013
    63
    Winton’s inspiring story deserves greater attention but this film isn’t the best representation of it.
  3. Reviewed by: Barbara VanDenburgh
    Mar 28, 2013
    60
    The story is good enough to tell itself, and the filmmakers should have let it.
  4. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Jul 18, 2013
    60
    Hokey reenactments of the war years do the film no favors, but it’s worth sticking them out to witness a humanity that never could be faked.
  5. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    Jul 18, 2013
    50
    It’s a compelling story, and Minac has told it before, notably in 2002’s “The Power of Good: Nicholas Winton.” This new documentary seems aimed at a classroom audience.
  6. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Jul 17, 2013
    40
    There's a great story at the heart of Matej Minac's documentary Nicky's Family, if only it were allowed to be told unvarnished.
  7. Reviewed by: Rob Humanick
    Jul 18, 2013
    38
    This is a powerful chapter in our human history, but it's made melodramatic and dull through Matej Minac's indulgence of hokey reenactments and sound-augmented archival footage.

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