The Grey Zone

Synopsis: The true story of Dr. Miklos Nyiszli, a Hungarian Jew chosen by Josef Mengele to be the head pathologist at Auschwitz. Nyiszli was one of Auschwitz's Sonderkommandos - Special Squads of Jewish prisoners placed by the Nazis in the excruciating moral dilemma of helping to exterminate fellow Jews in exchange for a few more months of life. Together, the Sonderkommandos struggled to organize the only armed revolt that would ever take place at Auschwitz. As the rebellion is about to commence, a group from the unit discovers a 14-year-old girl who has miraculously survived a gassing. A catalyst for their desperate attempt at personal redemption, the men become obsessed with saving this one child, even if doing so endangers the uprising which could save thousands. To what terrible lengths are we willing to go to save our own lives, and what in turn would we sacrifice to save the lives of others?
Genre: Drama, History, War
Director(s): Tim Blake Nelson
Production: Lions Gate Films
  1 win & 3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
108 min

You have anything to drink?

Are you drinking there?


- Cover his head anyway.

- Do as he says.

And what is this?

Get back down there.

We knew him.

- Get back... inside, both of you.

- I'd like to stay.

If they notice we're up here, you'll

wish you were him if you don't already.

We don't need the doctor.

Go! We don't need you.

He's dead.

I said he's dead.

He's alive.

If he's alive,

I'm treating him.

Did anybody tell you

to get him?

I didn't need to be told.

Did anyone say

"Go for the doctor"?

There's no point in arguing.

You see.



Do it.

No! Please, no!

Easy, now. Easy.

What he wanted, that's all.

Don't come for me anymove.

Ask me for nothing.

That's easy.

Make sure

they get his number.

Thank you.

Take the pack.

They're Hungarian.

I like our cigarettes.

It's sh*t tobacco.

I like ours.

What they need to do is invade Turkey

and then you'll taste a cigarette.

Get going.

You trust the Poles?

What do I care?

The Poles.

They don't trust the Poles.

They don't trust anyone in Number 3.


I can't say.

I'm Hungarian.

But you're here.

So because I'm

with the Poles?

Rosenthal's worried. He's gonna say

that we don't have the time.

I know, we don't have time.

They wait for lulls.

- Lf the front...

- That's not gonna happen for us.

- No one really knows that...

- Never.

There's planes almost

every day now.

Not for us.

The Russians get 10 km from here we're

the first to go right out to the pyres.

Everyone keeps saying that.

Believe it.

You're dead already, either way.

It's just a matter

of deciding how.

You have gold?

Of course. So I say?

Tell him it's not happening

is what you say.

Get back and tell them.


Move it out!

It's all a way of putting it off.

Do you need to be here?

Every day counts.

They've been on just as long

as we have. They could go before us.

- I don't understand him.

- He doesn't decide.

He goes along. As far as

I'm concerned... he's no different.

They'd heard

about the old man.

- Who?

- Abramowics.

- What'd he say?

- That... he'd heard.

- Have you told anyone?

- Everyone knows.

The Doctor had no business

there. A man takes pills.

Why are you two in here?

We're nearly finished.


Inside. Yes, nearly.

- But not completely.

- I suppose not.

So I ask the question again.

Three of our men

were shot this morning.

What business is it

of yours?

We're gonna need replacements

and Hungarians.

That's not your problem.

You say we're lazy or disrespectful, but

don't leave us the manpower for the work.

Moll shot Lowenthal,

one of our strongest men.

- You want things to go fast?

- Lf it's my neck.

We're going to be moving...

Why do you want to do that?

We're thinking of a reprieve.

Our group is happy

to remain here.


Why kill us now? We're

the best kommando you've had.

Did I say kill?

We both know

what we're saying.

So I'm a liar.

You're what you are.

It's not my decision.

Of course it's your decision.

No one is

to leave their areas.

You're telling me it's not

you're decision?

No one is to leave

their areas.

- The Doctor leaves.

- The Doctor is different.

There've been people

in the zones.

We haven't been.

We know what we see.

You're to keep with your units.

Each to each building.

- The bribes are taken.

- Nevertheless.

But we're going

to need replacements.

Get back inside!

Or I'll be replacing you.

We missed you this morning.

Missed me?

- The data are on your desk.

- Good.

We've arranged for more forms.

You should have said.

- I'm sorry we had to ask.

- Please.

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