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  • Writer's pictureJohn Delia Sr

"The Hiding Place" a Compelling Film

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A time for tough love, the movie The Hiding Place, adapted from a stage play by the same title, will be shown in theaters on August 3rd and August 5th only. The special film has at its heart the offer of faith, hope, love, and forgiveness. Set during World War 2, it’s told by Corrie Ten Boom who had lived the ordeal and was the only survivor of her Christian family.

It’s the late 1930’s and we find the Ten Boom's living in Holland as the war in Europe is set to escalate into their country. Having escaped the war around them with neighbors Poland and Belgium already invaded, the country is getting nervous due to the many Jews that are escaping Germany for other countries including theirs.

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The Hiding Place from Trafalgar Releasing.

The Ten Boom's own a watch store, both selling and fixing is their expertise. The widowed Papa who has been a mainstay in the community has a son Casper (John Schuck) and two daughters Corrie (Nan Arnold Gurley) and Betsie (Carrie Tillis). The two daughters work the store and keep the house in the other rooms that are part of the building. But it’s not long before they are visited by the Nazis Gestapo with orders to Papa to identify any Jews that come to them for any reason.

But, their friend Pickwick (Nathanial McIntire) has made a serious request. He would like the Ten Boom’s to hide escaping Jews to be quartered in their home as a stopover to their final destination. It’s a dire request, but Papa will honor it. Director Laura Matula uses the theatre sets where the drama has been playing to bring it to the big screen. Amazingly, after a very short while you forget it’s a stage play and it becomes a powerful film that shows how this one family takes the risk and gives their all to help those who are being persecuted.

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The Hiding Place from Trafalgar Releasing.

The true story is brilliant and delivers important messages along with some of the best acting I’ve seen on film and stage. The whole cast pulls together giving performances that evoke many feelings including anger, sorrow, faith, and forgiveness. Topping the show, Nan Arnold Gurley expertly delivers a strong character that should keep audiences captivated to the very end.

The film has not been rated but does contain some violence and language. For those who like something different in a drama or if you have not seen the stage play, I give The Hiding Place 5 out of 5 stars. The film was made for cinema audiences in Nashville, Tennessee.

Additional Film Information: Cast: Nan Arnold Gurley, Carrie Tillis, John Schuck, Nathanial McIntire Adapted for the stage by: A.S. Peterson Directed by: Laura Matula Genre: Drama, Play to Screen MPAA Rating: Not rated. Contains some violence, language Running Time: 2 hrs. 33 min. Opening Date: August 3 & 5 only Distributed by: Trafalgar Releasing Released in: Theaters only on August 3rd and August 5th, 2023



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