It is a pleasure to suggest a modern dream cast for the
wonderful early sixties classic, Judgment at Nuremberg,
brought to the screen by Stanley Kramer and featuring an
impressive alll star cast. Enjoy!
Popular British character actor Tom Wilkinson was born in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England, and comes from a long line of urban farmers. He is the son of Marjorie (Percival) and Thomas Wilkinson. Economic hardships forced his family to move to Canada for a few years when Wilkinson was a child; after he had returned to England...
“ As Chief Judge Dan Heywood. The Spencer Tracy part. Although
Tracy's performance is indelible and can never be surpassed, talented actor Tom Wilkinson would be great as the Yankee Judge. ” - John Jacoby
George Timothy Clooney was born on May 6, 1961, in Lexington, Kentucky, to Nina Bruce (née Warren), a former beauty pageant queen, and Nick Clooney
, a former anchorman and game show host (who was also the brother of singer Rosemary Clooney
). He has Irish, English, and German ancestry. Clooney spent most of this youth in Ohio and Kentucky...
“ As Col. Tad Lawson. The Richard Widmark part. Clooney would be ideal as the driven, committed Military prosecutor. ” - John Jacoby
Kenneth Charles Branagh was born on December 10, 1960, in Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK, to parents William Branagh, a plumber and carpenter born in 1930, and Frances (Harper) Branagh, also born in 1930. His brother, William Branagh Jr., was born in 1955 and sister, Joyce Branagh
, was born in 1970...
“ As Ernst Janning. The Burt Lancaster. I am a huge fan of Burt, but in fairness, he was miscast. Branagh would be astonishly good, I believe as the accused German Judge. ” - John Jacoby
Ralph Fiennes is an English actor. A noted Shakespeare interpreter, he first achieved success onstage at the Royal National Theatre. Fiennes' portrayal of Nazi war criminal Amon Goeth in Schindler's List (1993) earned him nominations for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor...
“ As Hans Rolfe. The Max Schell part. Although Schell won the best actor Oscar, I think Fiennes would be equally good, if not even better as the German defense counsel. ” - John Jacoby
Considered by many critics to be the greatest living actress, Meryl Streep has been nominated for the Academy Award an astonishing 19 times, and has won it three times. Meryl was born Mary Louise Streep in 1949 in Summit, New Jersey, to Mary Wolf (Wilkinson), a commercial artist, and Harry William Streep...
“ As Madame Bertholdt. The Marlene Dietrich part. Of course, the wonderful Meryl Streep would be perfect in the role (in anything for that matter, and it would be treat to see Meryl in the Dietrich role. ” - John Jacoby
“ As Rudolph Peterson. The Montgomery Clift role. Clift was his usual
flawless, but Jude Law could handle the sad and victimized German laborer, with excellence. ” - John Jacoby
Ask Kate Winslet what she likes about any of her characters, and the word "ballsy" is bound to pop up at least once. The British actress has made a point of eschewing straightforward pretty-girl parts in favor of more devilish damsels; as a result, she's built an eclectic resume that runs the gamut from Shakespearean tragedy to modern-day mysticism and erotica...
“ As Irene Hoffman. The Judy Garland role. Kate is perfect as the German witness for the prosecution. ” - John Jacoby
“ As Harry Byers. The William Shatner part. The small but noticeable
role as aide to Judge Heywood is a great fit for Gyllenhaal. ” - John Jacoby
Bill Nighy is an award-winning British character actor. He was born on December 12, 1949 in Caterham, Surrey, England, to Catherine Josephine (Whittaker), a psychiatric nurse from Glasgow, and Alfred Martin Nighy, who was English-born and managed a garage in Croydon. At school, he gained 'O'-levels in English Language and English Literature and enjoyed reading...
“ As Emil Hahn. The Werner Klemperer part. Nighy would be bulls eye perfect in another small but important role. ” - John Jacoby
William McChord Hurt was born in Washington, D.C., to Claire Isabel (McGill) and Alfred McChord Hurt, who worked at the State Department. He was trained at Tufts University and The Juilliard School and has been nominated for four Academy Awards, including the most recent nomination for his supporting role in David Cronenberg
's A History of Violence
“ As Senator Burkette. The Ed Binns part. Hurt in small, but noticeable role as the Senator would be his usual excellent. ” - John Jacoby
“ As Judge Norris. The Kenneth McKernan part. The quiet Judge of the three Judge panel. Good balance to the Heywood and Ives characters. ” - John Jacoby
“ As Judge Curtis Ives. The Ray Teal part. Sanders would be bulls eye perfect in the role of the Third Judge and occasional conscience of
adverse position to the majority leanings. ” - John Jacoby