The Ritchie Boys
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Shortlisted for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature and widely acclaimed upon its release, THE RITCHIE BOYS mixes newsreels with razor-sharp interviews to spin a touchingly personal saga of men whose chutzpah, ingenuity, and playful camaraderie had a lasting effect on world history. A great human tale (San Francisco Chronicle), THE RITCHIE BOYS is a documentary of staggering importance.
DVD Features: Individual War Stories; Filmmaker Biography
- Individual war stories
- Filmmaker biography
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With intimate knowledge of the enemy, the Ritchie Boys used their ingenuity and imagination to not only display conspicuous gallantry, but also engage in psychological and intelligence endeavors beneficial to the Allied efforts. A typical soldier can be trained for war in half a year. Becoming a fluent interpreter, translator, and interrogator in any foreign language simply can't be accomplished in that amount of time; as such, the Ritchie Boys had an invaluable purpose.
The majority of the documentary is about each soldier's role during the war, and the various interesting details each can remember. Telling stories of their experiences during war with humility and comedy, recalling past events and how they're affected today, is hilarious at times and very inspiring at others. Displaying other-worldly courage, one of the Ritchie Boys (Werner Angress) even jumped from a plane on D-Day, without having gone through Airborne training! As someone who has been skydiving several times, this astonishes me. Another soldier (Si Lewen) was part of a direct broadcast to German soldiers, an attempt to convince the enemy soldiers to surrender.Read more ›
If only Fred Howard had told me of this background he would have learned something about me he never knew--my uncle was shot down over Germany, was captured and imprisoned in a Stalag until the end of the war. A tall, football player in high school, he returned to the US at the end of the war weighing barely 120 pounds. Mr. Howard and I could have talked for hours about the war because I became obsessed with the subject of Germany during WWII and to this day continue to study it. Amazon.com can certainly verify this with the films and books I have purchased over the years on Hitler, Count Von Stauffenberg, Heydrich, Albert Speer, Ernst Hanfstaengl and numerous other famous figures from that era.
I remember attending Mr. Howard's 60th birthday party at Le Cirque in 1987. He is now 84 and I am almost 70. This film was made in 2004 so I don't know if Fred Howard is still alive. I would love to have the opportunity to visit with him and his wife and have a long talk about what I saw in this remarkable film.Read more ›
This is an excellent addition to the growing sub-genres of Jewish and World War II documentaries, and sports skillful use of talking-head inteviews, music, and archival footage.
DVD Extras: A full 43 minutes of deleted scenes and personal accounts fill out the disc.
The men who trained at Camp Ritchie were almost exclusively European Jewish refugees who had just recently escaped from the Nazis. Yet they all volunteered to return to Europe to serve their newly adopted country.
They all took this very seriously but the dvd does make use of the usual humorous soldier stories. Such as the one where two of the Richie Boys who are now with the US Army in a forward area doing POW interrogations complete a fake prisoner interrogation report stating that they have captured Hitler's latrine orderly and he gave them very detailed information on the fuhrer's private parts. They sent it to their immediate superiors and they all had a good laugh. Until someone forwarded it to a higher HQ and a Colonel from Washington showed up to meet the latrine orderly for himself!
This is a must for any student of WW II.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
excellent documentary. A very interesting look into WW2 intelligence training.Published 13 months ago by bern
My father was one of the Ritchie Boys. He died when I was 7. This documentary was an interesting glimpse into his past.Published 18 months ago by Barbara S Tang
Well done video about a small but important part of WW 2. Ft. Ritchie was closed by BRAC so the history will soon be difficult to locate......Published on August 11, 2014 by Dolph Ramey
This was a really good documentary. The only thing I would have wished were different would be a little more attention paid to how the RBs served no ONE particular unit; as MI... Read morePublished on July 30, 2014 by HeathenO
Great film - amazing story. Another piece of fascinating history.Published on July 23, 2014 by Penny