Return to the Hiding Place

DVD Release: May 23, 2014
Return to the Hiding Place


In Holland during WWII, Corrie ten Boom’s army of untrained teenagers including Hans Poley, Piet Hartog, and their friends navigate a deadly labyrinth of challenges to rescue the Jewish people in their panicked exodus from death. All the while, they embark on a nonstop, action-packed hunt with the Underground involving Gestapo hijacks, daring rescues, codes in windswept old windmills, and stunning miracles in one of history’s most famous dramas. Climaxing in the true, breath-taking rescue of an entire orphanage of Jewish children marked for mass execution by Hitler’s assassins, audiences will both cheer and weep at this exciting, sobering true tale of Hans and the youth resistance movement that dared to resist one of History’s cruelest tyrants.

Dove Review

This remarkable film explores the inspirational story of Hans Poley who, along with Corrie ten Boom, made a huge difference in the Resistance Movement in the Nazi-occupied Netherlands during the Second World War.

This is clearly a good vs. evil story in which Hans and Corrie, along with Piet Hartog, hides Jews and warn them of danger. They are pursued and Hans winds up in a Concentration Camp. Still, the lives they save are many and this film is based on real-life events.

The movie contains some violent moments, including several shootings and some blood splashing out of a man near the end of the film as he is executed. Due to its strong Christian message we are awarding it our Dove “Faith Based” Seal with a caution for violence. This film is the moving true-life story of teenagers and others who made a difference in saving many lives. Also featured is an interview with the real-life Hans Poley during the credits.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: None
Language: G/OMG-1
Violence: Several shootings and executions of Jews; blood on front of a shot teen; Nazi soldiers are shot; a soldier is shot through a windshield; a child is taken away to be killed and he had a mark on his front body which is later seen on a Nazi's lamp shade; characters are beaten and tortured; characters are punched; man's bloody lip from being punched; blood spurts forth from a character who is executed; dynamite is set and there is an explosion; a character falls into a trap and hurts leg; a character is kicked off a truck.
Drugs: Several scenes of smoking of cigarettes.
Nudity: None
Other: Jews are killed because of their race and faith; a character thinks his father is a Nazi but learns he was actually a Resistance leader; great fear in people as they hide.


Company: Spencer Productions
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 102 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter