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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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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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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$6,000,000, 31 December 1961

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,000,000, 31 December 1961
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Werner Klemperer, who played defendant Emile "nasty Nazi to the very end" Hahn, is probably known best as Colonel Klink in the television series Hogan's Heroes (1965). Klemperer, a German Jew, and his family fled Germany at the outset of the Nazi regime. He wound up in Hollywood, and agreed only to play the role of a Nazi in a movie or television series if the character was despicable, as in this movie, or a bumbling loser, as in "Hogan's Heroes". See more »

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In an outdoor scene, several US Army MPs are shown in the background standing at parade rest with rifles. Instead of being armed with the standard issued rifle of the day, US M-1 Garands, the guards are holding British Lee-Enfields, which were used in WWI and WWII by the British Army. See more »

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Judge Dan Haywood: Janning, to be sure, is a tragic figure. We believe he *loathed* the evil he did. But compassion for the present torture of his soul must not beget forgetfulness of the torture and death of millions by the government of which he was a part. Janning's record and his fate illuminate the most shattering truth that has emerged from this trial. If he and the other defendants were all depraved perverts - if the leaders of the Third Reich were sadistic monsters and maniacs - these events would have no...
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Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13
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A Film Of Enduring Value
8 May 2005 | by See all my reviews

They say that time heals all heartache. In the case of the Third Reich, I'm not sure that the old saying is true. Out of respect for the Holocaust victims, and as an important history lesson, there's something to be said for not forgetting the evils of Hitler. Fortunately, we have this great film to help us not forget.

"Judgment At Nuremberg" is a dramatization of one of the many real life post WWII Nuremberg trials of high ranking Nazis. Most of the film focuses on the 1948 courtroom trial of four judges who helped to carry out Hitler's decrees. As part of the prosecution's case against the judges, real life, graphic film footage showing the horrors of the death camps engenders a gut level impression that is both powerful and persuasive. The film thus educates viewers in ways that a dry textbook of facts and figures never could.

But there's more to the film than the trial. In other parts of Nuremberg we see ordinary Germans trying to get on with their lives as best they can, three years after the war's end, in a bombed out and bleak city. One of these persons is Madame Bertholt (Marlene Dietrich), the wife of a dead German soldier. In contrast to the harsh and contentious trial, Madame Bertholt's kindness toward the tribunal's lead judge, Dan Haywood (Spencer Tracy), provides an example of the innocence and decency of ordinary Germans, and thus adds a softer, more contemplative perspective to the ordeal. In these non-courtroom scenes, the melancholy background music and the soft production lighting create a mood of depression and sadness.

I find very little to criticize in this three hour film. Perhaps the plot could have been clearer in identifying the legal counsel of three of the four defendants. And maybe in those scenes wherein the four defendants conversed among themselves, the dialogue should have been in German, not English. But these are trivial points. Overall, this is a film that is well written and directed, a film with credible actors giving stellar performances, and most of all, a film that assures preservation of that era's historic significance, with a political and social message that has enduring value.


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