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Still shot from the movie: The Basket.

The Basket

WORLD WAR I RAGES in Europe as two of its victims -- orphans Helmut (Robert Karl Burke) and Brigitta Brink (Amber Willenborg) -- find themselves released from an American internment camp into the care of Pastor Douglas Simms, M.D. (Tony Lincoln). Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: B+
Violence: C+
Sexual Content: A
Language: B+
Drugs/Alcohol: B+
Run Time: 105
Theater Release: 05 Jun 1999
Video Release:
MPAA Rating: PG
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

Merriam-Webster defines Prejudice as:

  • A preconceived judgment or opinion.
  • An adverse opinion or leaning formed without just grounds or before sufficient knowledge.
  • An instance of such judgment or opinion.
  • An irrational attitude of hostility directed against an individual, a group, a race, or their supposed characteristics.
Has prejudice ever been a part of your life? Were you the source or the recipient? What feelings did you experience? Have they changed?

In spite of all the good that can come from team and individual sports, we often see displays of aggression, anger, and other “unsportsmanlike conduct.” Why? How do negative and positive actions affect both participants and spectators?

The stranger in the opera claims his basket contains the secret to beating the barbarians. How could the explanation of the secret (provided in the film’s closing scene) apply to your family? Your community? Your country?

The German opera, Der Korb, exists only in the movie and on its soundtrack recording… for now. Apparently the composer, Don Caron, is working on bringing his opera to life. Visit www.geocities.com/doncaron_2000 to find links to a rough draft of Der Korb, and much more.

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