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Hitler: The Rise of Evil 

A unique slant, profiling the life of Adolf Hitler as a child and his rise through the ranks of the National German Workers' Party prior to World War II.
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Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 3 wins & 18 nominations. See more awards »

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 General Erich Ludendorff 2 episodes, 2003
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 Hermann Göring 2 episodes, 2003
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 Rudolf Hess 2 episodes, 2003
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 Sophie Gerlich 2 episodes, 2003
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 Blandine Ebinger 2 episodes, 2003
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 Angela Raubal 2 episodes, 2003
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 Adolf Hitler (17 yrs) 2 episodes, 2003
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 Anton Drexler 2 episodes, 2003
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 Alois Hitler 2 episodes, 2003
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 Egon Hanfstaengl 2 episodes, 2003
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 Lieutenant Guffman 2 episodes, 2003
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 Hans (soldier) 2 episodes, 2003
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 Franz von Papen 2 episodes, 2003
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 Gregor Strasser 2 episodes, 2003
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 General Kurt von Schleicher 2 episodes, 2003
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 Klara Hitler 2 episodes, 2003
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 Helene Hanfstaengl 2 episodes, 2003
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The movie describes the life of Adolf Hitler from childhood to manhood, and how he became so powerful. It describes his poor childhood in Austria, it describes the first world war from his point of view, and how he became the strongest man in Germany. The movie show us how Hitler turned from a poor soldier into the leader of the Nazis, and how he survived the attempts to kill him. It describes his relationship with his mistress Eva Braun, and his decisions and enemies inside Germany and inside the Nazi party. Written by rsilberman

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"The only thing necessary for evil to flourish is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke


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Hitler - Aufstieg des Bösen  »

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All Nazi-themed costumes and props (flags, medallions, pins, tie-tacks) were destroyed after filming wrapped, to prevent any items linked with Nazism from finding their way into the hands of neo-Nazis. See more »

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Adolf Hitler is known to have had bright blue eyes. None of the actors portraying him in this movie has blue eyes. See more »

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Adolf Hitler: [about his father] Stupid old fool!
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Featured in Cinemania: I anodos kai i ptosi tou Nazismou (2008) See more »

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Horst Wessel Song
Words by Horst Wessel
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Cartoonish distortion
22 November 2007 | by See all my reviews

The best bits in this are the convincing recreations of the look of the Reichstag and other places associated with the rise of Hitler. It may involve CGI, but this is CGI that works (unlike in many much more expensive productions).

The script is ropey. Especially in the early stages the characters lecture each other with historical information they would all already know, for the benefit of viewers - a classic mistake. Later we have Hindenburg talking about defending democracy. Hindenburg was not a democrat. He believed it was his duty to serve the state and to uphold its constitution.

Many have noted that Robert Carlyle's ranting Hitler would never have come to power. He'd have been certified. Why the makers of this went for this one-dimensional treatment is a mystery.

The film suggests that the Nazis could provoke an election just by walking out of the Reichstag chamber - an over-simplification to say the least.

The scenes with the newspaper man do not ring true at all, and are an embarrassment.

It all gets very rushed once Hitler becomes chancellor. The key election after the Reichstag fire is omitted. There is no mention of the Communists and Social Democrats who were missing from the session which passed the enabling law in an atmosphere of fear. The Night of the Long Knives appears to come immediately after this, although it took place 15 months later. It's a hopeless jumble.


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