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I accuse (1941)
"Ich klage an" (original title)

 |  Drama  |  29 August 1941 (Germany)
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In this pro-euthanasia melodrama, a successful doctor is forced to make a heart wrenching decision after his beautiful young wife is diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Heidemarie Hatheyer ...
Hanna Heyt
Paul Hartmann ...
Professor Thomas Heyt
Mathias Wieman ...
Dr. Bernhard Lang
Margarete Haagen ...
Charlotte Thiele ...
Dr. Barbara Burckhardt
Christian Kayßler ...
Landgerichtsdirektor Kriebelmeyer (as Christian Kayssler)
Harald Paulsen ...
Eduard Stretter
Albert Florath ...
Professor Schlüter
Ilse Fürstenberg
Karin Evans ...
Erna Balg
Hans Nielsen ...
Dr. Höfer
Franz Schafheitlin ...
Rechtsanwalt Straten
Erich Ponto ...
Professor Werther
Otto Graf ...
Staatsanwalt Engel
Werner Pledath ...
Pastor Gömer


In this pro-euthanasia melodrama, a successful doctor is forced to make a heart wrenching decision after his beautiful young wife is diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

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Some of the cast and crew of this film would later face accusations of Crimes Against Humanity at Nuremberg Trials for contributing to the Nazi Action T-4 euthanasia program. See more »


Hanna Heyt: [after willingly drinking an overdose of sleeping pills offered by her husband] Is this death?
Professor Thomas Heyt: This is death, Hanna.
Hanna Heyt: I love you, Thomas...
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Version of An Act of Murder (1948) See more »

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Bad film that *should* be banned
14 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As the first comment writer explained, this film was Nazi propaganda that helped lead to the Euthanasia movement of the Reich. Over 70,000 men, women, and children were killed as a result of this movement. If you have any ounce of a conviction to follow a moral standard, the purpose of this film should outweigh intellectual recognition, that is, the fact that this film furthered darkest era of the 20th century should *alone* ban it from viewers. If anything, it should be kept in storage as a reminder of the kind of propaganda that manifests itself during similar movements. To conclude, one should pay close attention to more recent cinematic developments, particularly movies like Million Dollar Baby, The Sea Inside, Sin City, and many other movies released recently praised as "good" movies. If you're not frightened, you should be.

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