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The Condemned of Altona (1962)
"I sequestrati di Altona" (original title)

 -  Drama | History  -  30 October 1963 (USA)
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A maddened German war criminal lives in a secluded house owned by his rich father who lets him think the war is still on 20 years after the fact. However, no deception can last forever.

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Albrecht von Gerlach
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Françoise Prévost ...
Alfredo Franchi ...
Groundskeeper
Lucia Pelella ...
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Roberto Massa ...
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Antonia Cianci ...
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Carlo Antonini ...
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Armando Sifo ...
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Osvaldo Peccioli ...
Cook (as Aldo Pecchioli)
Ekkehard Schall ...
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Gabriele Tinti ...
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Michela Ricciardi
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A maddened German war criminal lives in a secluded house owned by his rich father who lets him think the war is still on 20 years after the fact. However, no deception can last forever.

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Spencer Tracy was offered but declined the role of Albrecht Von Gerlach. See more »

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11 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a darkly disturbing film of a Nazi war criminal, still wearing his German army uniform, who is hidden in his father's house, and led to believe that World War II is still going on. The ending of the movie is a bizarre mix of Fellini and Capote. Schell escapes his "prison" and walks around the streets only to be "shocked" that there is no destruction or war raging. He ends up in a local theater and salutes an actor playing Hitler. I won't give the ending away, but it's a shocking surprise ala Play Dirty or To Live and Die in LA. The acting is great, the black and white film make the movie realistic and it captures a time in history which hopefully is gone for ever. An excellent film.


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