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The Night of the Generals (1967)

PG  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery  |  24 February 1967 (USA)
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In 1942, in Warsaw, a Polish prostitute is murdered in a sadistic way. Major Grau, a man from German Intelligence who believes in justice, is in charge of the investigation. An eyewitness ... See full summary »

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Corporal Hartmann
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Ulrike
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Inspector Morand
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Coral Browne ...
Eleanore von Seidlitz-Gabler
John Gregson ...
Colonel Sandauer
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Otto
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Juliette Gréco ...
Juliette (as Juliette Greco)
Yves Brainville ...
Liesowski
Sacha Pitoëff ...
Doctor (as Sacha Pitoeff)
Charles Millot ...
Wionczek
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Storyline

In 1942, in Warsaw, a Polish prostitute is murdered in a sadistic way. Major Grau, a man from German Intelligence who believes in justice, is in charge of the investigation. An eyewitness saw a German general leaving the building after a scream of the victim. A further investigation shows that three generals do not have any alibi for that night: General Tanz, Maj. Gen. Klus Kahlenberge and General von Seidlitz-Gabler. They three avoid a direct contact with Major Grau and become potential suspects. As far as Major Grau gets close to them, he is promoted and sent to Paris. In 1944, in Paris, this quartet is reunited and Major Grau continues his investigation. Meanwhile, a plan for killing Hitler is plotted by his high command; a romance between Ulrike von Seydlitz-Gabler and Lance Cpl. Kurt Hartmann is happening and Insp. Morand is helping Major Grau in his investigation. The story ends in 1965, in Hamburg, with another similar crime. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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A manhunt explodes with shock and excitement! See more »


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24 February 1967 (USA)  »

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A Noite dos Generais  »

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Trivia

The film leaves a significant sub-plot unresolved, mainly whether or not General Tanz murdered the first prostitute in Warsaw because she was a spy for German Intelligence and knew something compromising regarding Tanz. See more »

Goofs

General Tanz is portrayed as having commanded the Nibelungen division of the Waffen SS and later attends a reunion with banners/shields saying it was founded in 1940. However, the Nibelungen was formed barely one month before the end of the war in 1945. See more »

Quotes

General Tanz: It's like the natural functions. Revolting, but inevitable.
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Referenced in Voyage to Cythera (1984) See more »

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SOBRE LAS OLAS
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Music by Juventino Rosas
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Excellent Throughout
24 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Omar Sharif is excellent in this film. The fact is that the film needs to be restored to its widescreen version and released on DVD.

The acting is fantastic throughout and the locations are perfect.

The point I wanted also to make is that, unlike your "factual errors" there were in fact several Regular German Army units and soldiers who were later brought into the Waffen SS. Several of the foreign volunteer units were brought into the SS as well.

There were foreign volunteer units that were in the Leningrad area in 1941-42 and later became Waffen SS in whole or in part.

The movie does a great job of making almost perfect copies of German material and when it gets to France even has a shot of tanks made up to look very much like Panthers, in addition to the many kubelwagons and schwimwaggons.

Grau is one of the best characters in cinema and he should have had more screen time. A great film! A great indictment of the Nazis.


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