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Pastor Hall (1940)

This film is based on the true story of Pastor Martin Neimuller, who was sent to Dachau concentration camp for criticising the Nazi party. The small German village of Altdorf in the 1930's ... See full summary »

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Christine Hall
Seymour Hicks ...
General von Grotjahn
Marius Goring ...
Fritz Gerte
Brian Worth ...
Werner von Grotjahn
Percy Walsh ...
Herr Veit
Lina Barrie ...
Lina Veit
Eliot Makeham ...
Pippermann
Peter Cotes ...
Erwin Kohn
Edmund Willard ...
Freundlich
Hay Petrie ...
Nazi Pastor
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Heinrich Degan
D.J. Williams
Manning Whiley ...
Vogel
John Salew
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This film is based on the true story of Pastor Martin Neimuller, who was sent to Dachau concentration camp for criticising the Nazi party. The small German village of Altdorf in the 1930's has to come to terms with Chancellor Hitler and the arrival of a platoon of Stormtroopers (preceded by a flock of sheep - subtle). The Stormtrooper go about teaching and enforcing 'The New Order' but Pastor Hall is a kind and gentle man who won't be cowed. Some villagers join the Nazi party avidly, some just go along with things, hoping for a quiet life but Pastor Hall takes his convictions to the pulpit. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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13 September 1940 (USA)  »

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In the late-'30s, when the Boulting brothers submitted the script to the British Board of Film Censors (a common practice for years), it was rejected as unsuitable. The board claimed that it would have a negative effect on the Prime Minister's attempt to make peace with Hitler. However, when war broke out, the film was instantly put into production as an anti-Nazi tract. See more »

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Pastor Frederick Hall: Oh you're a stormtrooper now, are you?
Heinrich Degan: Well, it's a job, Herr Pastor. I've been out of work so long.
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"To the day when it may be shown in Germany - this film is dedicated." See more »

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Featured in Empire of the Censors (1995) See more »

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God v Nazis
6 September 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Wilfrid Lawson (Pastor Hall) plays real life German priest Martin Neimuller who was sent to a concentration camp for refusing to follow the Nazi script when it came to preaching from the pulpit. We follow his story as the Nazi party enforce their doctrine on a small German Village, with Marius Goring (Fritz) at the helm. This includes recruiting stormtroopers, bullying the Jewish race and the rape of a 14 year old girl. Can Lawson make a difference or does the regime get him…..?

This film holds the viewer's interest at it puts across the perspective from the German people living within the confines of Nationalist Socialism espoused by Hitler. It doesn't matter that all the accents are British, although Seymour Hicks did make me groan as we get a stereotypical blustery General character. Hang on, Hicks – he's meant to be German. And stop mumbling your lines! Anyway, he redeems himself at the end of the film with a moving humble performance at the village church.


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