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Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)

Not Rated | | Drama, War | 18 December 1961 (Sweden)
In 1948, an American court in occupied Germany tries four Nazi judges for war crimes.

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Col. Tad Lawson
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Mrs. Bertholt
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Capt. Harrison Byers
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Judge Kenneth Norris
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Joseph Bernard ...
Maj. Abe Radnitz
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Brig. Gen. Matt Merrin
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Sen. Burkette
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It has been three years since the most important Nazi leaders had already been tried. This trial is about 4 judges who used their offices to conduct Nazi sterilization and cleansing policies. Retired American judge, Dan Haywood has a daunting task ahead of him. The Cold War is heating up and no one wants any more trials as Germany, and Allied governments, want to forget the past. But is that the right thing to do is the question that the tribunal must decide. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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El juicio de Nuremberg  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Judy Garland had gained considerable weight since her last picture (A Star Is Born (1954)) and wanted to trim down for the role, but since she was playing a poor German hausfrau, Stanley Kramer convinced her not to alter her appearance. See more »

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None of the American officers have shoulder patches on their coats. As a minimum, they all should be wearing the insignia of their current organization on their left sleeve. In addition, officers with World War II service should have the patch of their previous unit on their right sleeve. See more »

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Judge Dan Haywood: Herr Janning, you may proceed.
Ernst Janning: I wish to testify about the Feldenstein case because it was the most significant trial of the period. It is important not only for the tribunal to understand it, but for the whole German people. But in order to understand it, one must understand the period in which it happened. There was a fever over the land, a fever of disgrace, of indignity, of hunger. We had a democracy, yes, but it was torn by elements within. Above all there was fear, fear of today, fear of ...
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When films like this can be made.......
6 October 2005 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

If this is not considered as one of THE great films of all time, then all of us film fans should pack up bags and go home I cannot fault anyone, any scene, anything in this film. The dialogue races along in its smooth yet supremely captivating style. You grab a film like this, see a whole host of famous actors, and wonder if such a mix could ever work. It does, believe me, it really, really does.

Tracy. He was given the most powerful of dialogues, he presents it to us in a way that does not shout at you, yet holds you in a vice like grip every time he comes on screen. With his characteristic method of looking down whilst talking, hands in pocket, that small sly look up that he does, vintage Spencer, just how you would imagine a judge to be, or should be.

The supporting cast, again, never lets the film down. Some have the opportunity to step up a notch, Snell, Widmark, and others play their roles in a more subtle manner, Garland and Dietrich. And others just wipe away the floor with their presence, Clift and Lancaster for example.

And the story by Abby Mann - incredible.

Shot in black and white, it makes you think, it makes you smile, it will make you sad, and in the end you will be all the better for having seen one of the greatest films ever made, you will be richer for the experience, and you will be wiser.

You will also be able to say that you saw what Hollywood can do, you saw what great actors can do when put amongst their peers and are not 'stars' of a movie but are part of a larger ensemble.

And you will also see why this particular group were, genuinely, the very best Hollywood had to offer, period.


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