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4 April 1941 (Germany) See more »
Rousing biopic of Paul Kruger, the Boer guerilla fighter turned statesman and first president of South Africa. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Emil Jannings ... Ohm Krüger
Lucie Höflich ... Sanna Krüger
Werner Hinz ... Jan Krüger
Ernst Schröder ... Adrian Krüger
Elisabeth Flickenschildt ... Frau Kock
Gisela Uhlen ... Petra Krüger
Hedwig Wangel ... Königin Victoria

Ferdinand Marian ... Cecil Rhodes
Gustaf Gründgens ... Chamberlain

Hans Adalbert Schlettow ... Kommandant de Wett
Friedrich Ulmer ... Generalkommandant Joubert
Eduard von Winterstein ... Kommandant Cronje
Fritz Hoopts ... Feldkornett Colson
Max Gülstorff ... Staatssekretär Reitz
Walter Werner ... Abgeordneter Kock
Flockina von Platen ... Agentin Flora Shaw
Alfred Bernau ... Prinz von Gallien
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gerhard Bienert ... Schottischer Offizier beim Angriff der Engländer
Paul Bildt ... Holländischer Minister des Äußeren
Rudolf Blümner ... A professor
Louis Brody ... Häuptling Lobenguela
Josef Dahmen ... Englischer Soldat im Frauenkonzentrationslager
Gerda Danker
Ernst Dernburg
Joe Evens ... Singer
Viktor Gehring
Otto Graf ... Deutscher Minister des Äußeren
Aribert Grimmer
Willy Grunwald
Karl Haubenreißer ... Dr. Jameson
Erich Hecking
Friedel Heizmann
Ingeborg Johannsen
Käthe Jöken-König
Hilde Körber ... Burenfrau
Wolfgang Lukschy ... Junger englischer Offizier am englischen Hof
Karl Martell ... Englischer Offizier, der die Burenfarmen abbrennen lässt
Joe Münch-Harris
Harald Paulsen ... Französischer Minister des Äußeren
Werner Pledath
Louis Ralph
Paul Rehkopf
Arthur Reinhardt
Josef Reithofer
Franz Schafheitlin ... Lord Kitchener
Hans Hermann Schaufuß ... Militärarzt im Frauenkonzentrationslager
Georg H. Schnell
Walter Schramm-Duncker
Heinrich Schroth
Armin Schweizer ... Grand Chamberlain
Astrid Seiderer
Hans Stiebner ... A reporter
Werner Stock ... Reporter #1 im Hotel de Suisse
Walther Süssenguth ... Sergeant
Ferdinand Terpe
Theodor Thony
Jack Trevor ... Hoher Offizier beim Empfang Krügers am englischen Hof
Wolf Trutz
Charlotte Vetrone
Egon Vogel ... Reporter #2 im Hotel de Suisse

Otto Wernicke ... Kommandant des Konzentrationslagers
Gertrud Wolle

Directed by
Hans Steinhoff 
Karl Anton (uncredited)
Herbert Maisch (uncredited)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Harald Bratt 
Kurt Heuser 
Arnold Krieger  novel "Mann ohne Volk"

Produced by
Emil Jannings .... producer
Fritz Klotsch .... executive producer (as Fritz Klotzsch)
Original Music by
Theo Mackeben 
Cinematography by
Fritz Arno Wagner 
Film Editing by
Martha Dübber 
Hans Heinrich 
Production Design by
Franz Schroedter 
Set Decoration by
Paul Markwitz 
Hans Minzloff 
Artur Nortmann 
Mathieu Oostermann 
Erich Schweder 
Theo Zwierski 
Costume Design by
Herbert Ploberger 
Production Management
Alfred Arbeiter .... unit manager
Karlheinz Bock .... unit manager
Rolf Geile .... unit manager
Rudolf Külüs .... unit manager
Roland von Rossi .... unit manager
Walter Zeiske .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Siegfried Krügler .... assistant director
Rudolf Külüs .... assistant director
Georg Alfred Prose .... assistant director
Roland von Rossi .... assistant director
Karl Anton .... second unit director (uncredited)
Herbert Maisch .... second unit director (uncredited)
Art Department
Emil Jannings .... artistic supervisor
Sound Department
Hans Grimm .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Friedl Behn-Grund .... exterior photography
Reinhold Draber .... still photographer
Ernst Elsigan .... assistant camera (as Ernst Elsingan)
Christian Nicolai .... still photographer
Erich Nitzschmann .... assistant camera
Horst Orgel .... assistant camera
Karl Plintzner .... assistant camera
Karl Puth .... exterior photography
Walter Rügge .... assistant camera
Franz von Klepacki .... assistant camera
Ernst Weiss .... assistant camera
Richard Wesel .... still photographer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Hans Strobach .... costumes
Eillroda Ursula Zilss .... costumes
Other crew
Ernst Braun .... production assistant
Hanns Gérard .... ballet master
Oskar Haarbrandt .... exteriors
Adolf Jensen .... exteriors
Alfred Kern .... production assistant
Ernst Mattner .... production assistant
Willy Morree .... production assistant
Heinz Opitz .... exteriors
Max Paetz .... production assistant
Gustav Rathje .... production assistant
Erich Voigt .... production assistant
Rolf von Botesku .... production assistant
Wolfgang von Padberg .... production assistant
Walter Zeiske .... production assistant

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Ohm Krüger" - Germany (original title)
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USA:124 min | Germany:135 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

For his performance as Paul Krüger, President of the Transvaal Free State Emil Jannings was presented by Josef Goebbels with the "Ring of Honour of the German Cinema".See more »
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22 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Revealing, Though Not as Intended, 11 July 2001
Author: gvb0907 from Falls Church, Virginia

Paulus "Oom Paul" Kruger (1825-1904) was president of the Transvaal(1883-1900) and leader of the Boers during the Boer War (1899-1902). Although defeated by the British, Kruger achieved considerable acclaim for his stout fight against the odds.

In the film, a blind and exiled Kruger recounts the war to his young nurse. The British are depicted as clever, duplicitous, and ruthless. The Boers are shown as resolute and valiant, but ultimately as victims. So the film served Nazi audiences as both an inspiration and as a warning - honor the Boer's heroism but don't let their fate befall you!

Jannings is excellent as Kruger and the caricatures of the British villains (Queen Victoria, Lord Kitchener, Winston Churchill - complete with bulldog) are sometimes amusing, but the spectacle scenes (a Boer "off to war" parade and the battle sequences) are much too long and poorly edited. The final massacre of women and children in a British concentration camp is clearly derived from the Odessa Steps sequence in Eisenstein's "Potemkin."

Propaganda pictures are seldom effective and "Ohm Kruger" is no exception. Everything in the film is taken too far, but then the Nazis had a tendency to go too far. In that sense, "Ohm Kruger"reflects their perspective very well.

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