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Hitler's Madman (1943)

Story of the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich, Nazi SS commander, by Czech partisans and the reprisals inflicted by the Nazis on the Czechs.

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Jan Hanka
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Dvorak - the Shopkeeper
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Somewhat fictionalized account of the destruction of the village of Lidice in Czechoslovakia and the events leading up to it. In 1942, the Allies parachuted a Czech resistance fighter into the area. He quickly reunites with his former girlfriend and many of the villagers who knew him from before the war. The Nazis are evil however and under the command of Reinhardt Heydrich rule the country with an iron fist, arbitrarily arresting innocents and charging them with fictitious crimes. When Heydrich is severely wounded in a roadside attack - he dies three days later - Henrich Himmler orders the destruction of Lidice. The men are herded into a churchyard where they sing defiantly as they are shot down, the village is set aflame and the women are sent to concentration camps. The town itself is leveled. Written by garykmcd

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10 June 1943 (USA)  »

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The Hangman  »

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$300,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Heydrich was not shot by a machine gun on a country dirt road as depicted in this film., but was mortally wounded by a modified British anti-tank grenade on a Prague city street in the 8th District near Bulovka Hospital. This occurred on May 27, 1942. Heydrich died of sepsis on June 4th at that hospital. See more »

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When Karel meets Jamilla's mother for the first time, there is a moving shadow of the boom microphone on the pillar above and behind them. See more »

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Karel Vavra: Haven't the Nazi's shot you yet?
Nepomuk - the Hermit: Oh, I'm strictly a non-political character.
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Referenced in Five Came Back: Combat Zones (2017) See more »

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Weak Drama
28 February 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Hitler's Madman (1943)

* 1/2 (out of 4)

Douglas Sirk's first American film was also filmed by Fritz Lang as Hangmen Also Die the very same year. War propaganda at its highest as the Czech people stick together to assassinate Nazi Richard Heydrich (John Carradine). This thing here gets mixed reviews but I found it incredibly slow, boring and just not all that interesting. Carradine delivers a good performance but outside of that everyone else is pretty boring and while the direction shines in a few spots it never really comes full circle. The ending with "we should all rise up" might have packed a punch in 1943 but today it comes off very, very stupid.


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