Downfall

Downfall

DVD - 2004 | German | Widescreen edition
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Takes you into Hitler's bunker, in 1945, during the brutal and harrowing last days of the Third Reich. Seen through the eyes of Hitler's infamous secretary Traudl Junge, optimism crumbles into grim realization and terror as it becomes clear that Germany's defeat is inevitable. As the Russian army circles the city, the dimly lit halls of the underground refuge become an execution chamber for the Fuhrer and his closest advisors.
Publisher: Culver City, CA : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, c2004
Edition: Widescreen edition
ISBN: 9781404987609
1404987606
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (2 hrs., 35 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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RoTom
Dec 07, 2018

Historically accurate and entertaining. Unlike Dunkirk, the real events are dramatized, but not fabricated entirely on their own.

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anaemic
Nov 26, 2018

A realistic and excellent film that is based on facts from two books. One of them written by Hitler's personal secretary Traudl Junge. The acting is excellent especially Bruno Ganz who is outstanding as Hitler.
This is a German film with subtitles for English.
The fact that it is in German adds to the realism of the film.

I think all the people in the Hitler regime (the Third Reich) were guilty of the worst crimes against humanity. Including Albert Speer (Hitler's architect) and Traudi Junge (Hitler's secretary)
An important historical film.

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looper46
Oct 07, 2018

Really a brilliant flick about a real unpleasant time(to say the least) in Human history. Bruno Ganz is so good, all cast is just so brainwashed to H.s philosophy, just absorbing. But, the copy in the system is beat to sh.. and quit half way thru.. Lots of scratches, managed to get thru by going to menu and working it.. Glad I have seen it before...Wait for system to get new copy, if available.

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millerjeff
Jul 22, 2018

Impressive acting ensemble, and all-in-all loyal to the eyewitness accounts of the final days of the Reich. One serious lapse was to make Speer look like some lone honorable hero, a tale he manufactured himself post facto and succeeded in fooling many (though not John Kenneth Galbraith, his first interrogator). In truth, he was as guilty as his fellow Nuremberg defendants who were hung. That aside, the movie is unrelenting in showing the barbarities of war, including the anguished screams of the wounded, which are usually papered over in such films. Unfortunately, we Americans can't be too smug in condemning the slavish obedience of the Germans, who mindlessly followed to the end the Leader who promised to make Germany great again.

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Rivercabin
Jul 01, 2018

Excellent movie. Acting was outstanding. Hope it won some award!

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green_owl_504
Mar 22, 2018

A very depressing yet revealing movie

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thornhill_boy
Apr 20, 2017

Just brilliant! Many have tried to film the last days of Hitler and ended up with a documentary. This production turned out to be a cinematic experience and a gripping account of a crumbing superman without trying to be judgmental. That's where it succeeds as a creative work.

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JackamoJames
Apr 17, 2017

a truly magnificent film. Who would have believed this type of film about the end of WW2 and hitlers demise would be made by Germany....the acting is 4 stars all around, the story is never too fast or too slow and completely draws you in more and more as the end gets closer..the lives of the civilians, soldiers,leaders, assistants,...all being a part of the feel of the film, with individual stories, and stories of those waking up to what is happening and what HAD happened....this is , for me, THE BEST WW2 movie I have ever seen and there is very little so called WAR in it...its a human story, it makes you think of how on earth these people must have felt, and yes, even Hitler himself gets a small bit of compassion from viewers.
Amazing and thoughtful film that I am sure anyone who has interest in this time will enjoy this for what it is, and how it makes you feel.

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patch666
Mar 24, 2017

Crazy . The descent into madness

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SEELOCHAN BEHARRY
Mar 03, 2017

This film is simply excellent. Eloquently captures the fall of Hitler's and National Socialism.
The acting was superb.

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Janice21383
Aug 03, 2012

I don't do politics anymore.

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Janice21383
Aug 03, 2012

The best thing to do is shoot yourself in the mouth.

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Janice21383
Aug 03, 2012

The Fuhrer is the fuhrer!

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green_owl_504
Apr 23, 2019

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Parents feeding their kids suicide pills and related scenes

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green_owl_504
Apr 23, 2019

Violence: People shoot themselves in the head (very graphic) and other war violence

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