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Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)

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



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Col. Tad Lawson
Mrs. Bertholt
Capt. Harrison Byers
Kenneth MacKenna ...
Judge Kenneth Norris
Torben Meyer ...
Joseph Bernard ...
Maj. Abe Radnitz
Alan Baxter ...
Brig. Gen. Matt Merrin
Sen. Burkette
Virginia Christine ...
Mrs. Halbestadt


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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18 December 1961 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

El juicio de Nuremberg  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)

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~One of the most Powerful Films ever made.~
14 June 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Judgement At Nurmeberg is a 1961 film about four Nazi Judges are in trial for crimes against humanity. Well let me just start out by saying that this is a very sad, powerful film. I was expecting it to be very boring and I guess I underestimated it. The film is also very well written, so well written that actually it makes you really think. I'm happy that it won an Oscar for writing.

The best quality about the film HAS to be the acting. Judy Garland, I think should of won a Supporting Actress. This is her finest performance ever, and I'm sad she didn't win one. Maximilian Schell gives the performance of a lifetime in his role as the defense attorney for the judges. He truly deserved his Oscar because he was very powerful. Spencer Tracy also gave a quite exceptional performance as he always had. (He isn't a Two-Time Oscar Winner for nothing. As for Montgomery Clift he deserved his Oscar Nomination. I am kind of ticked off that Marlene didn't get an Oscar Nomination for Best Supporting Actress. I always feel she is underrated.

As for Stanley Kramer (The Director) he had real talent and this film shows it. The 9-Time Oscar nominated Director should've of won an Oscar for Best Director for Judgement at Nuremberg. I hope his talent though will be remembered for many years to come.

My Overall Consensus is that the movie definitely succeeds due to the Extraordinary Performances and the Quite Exceptional Writing.

You Should see this Film. 10/10

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