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Release Date:
18 December 1961 (Sweden) See more »
More than a motion picture...It is an overwhelming experience in human emotion you will never forget! See more »
In 1948, an American court in occupied Germany tries four Nazi judges for war crimes. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Won 2 Oscars. Another 17 wins & 21 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Spencer Tracy ... Chief Judge Dan Haywood

Burt Lancaster ... Dr. Ernst Janning

Richard Widmark ... Col. Tad Lawson

Marlene Dietrich ... Mrs. Bertholt

Maximilian Schell ... Hans Rolfe

Judy Garland ... Irene Hoffman

Montgomery Clift ... Rudolph Petersen

William Shatner ... Capt. Harrison Byers

Werner Klemperer ... Emil Hahn
Kenneth MacKenna ... Judge Kenneth Norris
Torben Meyer ... Werner Lampe
Joseph Bernard ... Maj. Abe Radnitz
Alan Baxter ... Brig. Gen. Matt Merrin

Edward Binns ... Sen. Burkette
Virginia Christine ... Mrs. Halbestadt
Otto Waldis ... Pohl

Karl Swenson ... Dr. Heinrich Geuter
Martin Brandt ... Friedrich Hofstetter

Ray Teal ... Judge Curtiss Ives

John Wengraf ... Dr. Karl Wieck
Ben Wright ... Halbestadt

Howard Caine ... Hugo Wallner
Olga Fabian ... Mrs. Elsa Lindnow
Paul Busch ... Schmidt
Bernard Kates ... Max Perkins
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frank Baker ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Brandon Beach ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)

Oscar Beregi Jr. ... Waiter at Court Lounge (uncredited)
Chet Brandenburg ... Concert Attendee (uncredited)
Sheila Bromley ... Mrs. Ives (uncredited)
John Clarke ... Prison Guard (uncredited)
Joseph Crehan ... Courtroom Spectator at Verdict (uncredited)
Sayre Dearing ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Concert Attendee (uncredited)
Bobby Gilbert ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Herman Hack ... Concert Attendee (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)

William Hoehne Jr. ... Blond Haired German Prisoner (uncredited)
Shep Houghton ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Reed Howes ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Colin Kenny ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
William Meader ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Harold Miller ... Courtroom Officer (uncredited)
Hans Moebus ... Assistant Defense Attorney (uncredited)
George Nardelli ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)

Ed Nelson ... Captain at Nightclub Announcing Call-up of Officers (uncredited)
William H. O'Brien ... German Prisoner in Cafeteria (uncredited)
Tony Regan ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Waclaw Rekwart ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Mitchell Rhein ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Norbert Schiller ... Waiter (uncredited)
Rudy Solari ... Interpreter in Courtroom (uncredited)
Bert Stevens ... German Prisoner in Cafeteria (uncredited)
Jack Stoney ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Hal Taggart ... German Counsel (uncredited)
Jana Taylor ... Elsa Scheffler (uncredited)

Directed by
Stanley Kramer 
Writing credits
Abby Mann (written by)

Abby Mann (based on his original story by)

Montgomery Clift  uncredited

Produced by
Stanley Kramer .... producer
Philip Langner .... associate producer
Original Music by
Ernest Gold 
Cinematography by
Ernest Laszlo (photographed by)
Film Editing by
Frederic Knudtson (film editor)
Casting by
James Lister (uncredited)
Production Design by
Rudolph Sternad 
Set Decoration by
George Milo 
Costume Design by
Joe King 
Makeup Department
Robert J. Schiffer .... makeup
Production Management
Clem Beauchamp .... production manager
Art Department
Art Cole .... property master
Sound Department
Walter Elliott .... sound editor
Jean L. Speak .... sound engineer (as James Speak)
Camera and Electrical Department
Don L. Carstensen .... chief gaffer
Martin Kashuk .... assistant company grip
Morris Rosen .... company grip
Charles F. Wheeler .... camera operator (as Charles Wheeler)
Phil Stern .... still photographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jean Louis .... gowns: Ms. Dietrich
Music Department
Art Dunham .... music editor
Robert Tracy .... music editor (uncredited)
Other crew
Pia Arnold .... crew: German
Richard Eglseder .... crew: German (as R. Eglseder)
Egon Haedler .... crew: German
Lyn Hannes .... crew: German
Albrecht Hennings .... crew: German
Hubert Karl .... crew: German
Stanley Kramer .... presenter
L. Ostermeier .... crew: German
Richard Richtsfeld .... crew: German (as R. Richtsfeld)
Marshall Schlom .... script supervisor
Ivan Volkman .... assistant to the director
Laci von Ronay .... crew: German (as Laci Ronay)
Hannelore von Winterfeld .... crew: German (as Hannelore Winterfeld)
Frank Winterstein .... crew: German
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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186 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.75 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono | Mono (Westrex)
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Finland:S (1990) | Finland:K-16 (1961) | Germany:12 (DVD rating) | Netherlands:14 (orginal rating) | Netherlands:16 (2010) | Norway:16 | Portugal:M/12 (Qualidade) | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:PG | USA:TV-14 | USA:Not Rated | USA:Approved (PCA #19930) | West Germany:16 (f)

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According to Stanley Kramer, a young New York stage actor in a small part held up production at one point. He was trying to understand his motivation in a brief shot which called for him to enter a room, cross to a table, and wait for Spencer Tracy to enter to hand him a folder. At 10:15 a.m., after sitting in his dressing room since 9:00 am, waiting to make his entrance, Tracy stormed onto the set and said, "Lookit, you come in the f***ing door and cross the f***ing room and go to the f***ing table because its the only way to get in the f***ing room. That's your motivation."See more »
Continuity: Right after Richard Widmark states that "the defense rests", he sits down next to his assistant attorney. A moment later the assistant's arms have changed position and Widmark's hands have changed position.See more »
Hans Rolfe:I'll make you a wager...
Judge Dan Haywood:I don't make wagers.
Hans Rolfe:[chuckles] A gentleman's wager... in five years, the men you sentenced to life imprisonment will be free.
Judge Dan Haywood:Herr Rolfe, I have admired your work in the court for many months. You are particularly brilliant in your use of logic...
[Rolfe nods with an appreciative smile]
Judge Dan Haywood:-so, what you suggest may very well happen. It *is* logical, in view of the times in which we live. *But to be logical is not to be right*, and *nothing* on God's earth could ever *make it* right!
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31 out of 38 people found the following review useful.
Would a film of that candor have a chance of being made today?, 30 April 2007
Author: Beaucoul

I watched "Judgment at Nuremburg" on PBS the other night. I had never seen it before. I expected an empty-headed, Hollywood-style, quasi-melodrama, but I was pleasantly surprised. Even Spencer Tracy, that universally beloved actor whose appeal has always escaped me, gave an honest and heartfelt portrayal of a "simple man" who was also a deeply conflicted judge.

What I liked most about this movie was that it didn't pull any punches, in the manner of other "controversial" films of its time. The defense attorney, superbly played by Maximilian Schell, weaves a simple, but undeniable web of logic:

- Sterilization of "undesirables," one of the charges against the Nazi war criminals, was at one time condoned by the U.S. courts, and encouraged by none other than Oliver Wendell Holmes. - Numerous leading industrialists in the U.S. contributed to the development of the Nazi war machine. - Encouragement was given to Hitler's expansionism by both Russia and England. - Churchill is quoted as having admired Hitler. - The Vatican actively collaborated with the Nazis.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but it must have taken major cojones to present that kind of message to American filmgoers in 1961. Would a film of that candor have a chance of being made today?

I tend to doubt it.

One further note. The film describes how the Nazis went about stripping the German judiciary of judges who were known for their objectivity, and replacing them with judges who were appointed based solely on their party loyalties.

The mind boggles at the implications and yes, the prescience of this well-written, well-played masterpiece.

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