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The destiny of three soldiers during World War II. The German officer Christian Diestl approves less and less of the war. Jewish-American Noah Ackerman deals with antisemitism at home and in the army while entertainer Michael Whiteacre transforms from playboy to hero. Written by
According to his autobiography, Marlon Brando based his Nazi German character on a blond haired boy with a perfect nose he had seen in a German film. See more »
When Noah meets Hope at Michael's party she's wearing a low cut evening gown, but when they step out for a walk along the river, she's wearing a dress with a collar. See more »
[two Nazi officers, escaping on a motorcycle in the middle of the endless desert]
Don't fall asleep, damn you. Talk! Talk to me!
Lt. Christian Diestl:
Uh, I wish I was back in Austria! I wish I was back in the snow... in the winter... in the mountains...
Not like that! Talk about something else!
Lt. Christian Diestl:
Can I talk about what I did with your wife the last time I was in Berlin?
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This is a textbook example of how Hollywood didn't (doesn't) trust moviegoers, and panders to its big name stars. The character of Christian is completely re-written, the anti-semitism Noah faces from his own army unit is virtually eliminated, Michael's story is changed significantly, and the end result is to decimate the power and terrible beauty of the book. I almost wish I hadn't even seen it, because of the ability of movies (sounds and images) to resonate so powerfully in your brain; I would have much rather just been left with the impression of the book. The book could have been written today, it is that honest and brave. The movie, neither. My advice: SKIP the movie; READ the book.
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