The Night of the Generals (1967)

PG  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery  |  24 February 1967 (USA)
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In 1942, a Polish prostitute is murdered in Warsaw. Suspicion falls on three generals, and Major Grau of German Intelligence seeks justice despite the ongoing atrocities committed during WWII.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Corporal Hartmann
Coral Browne ...
Eleanore von Seidlitz-Gabler
John Gregson ...
Colonel Sandauer
Juliette Gréco ...
Juliette (as Juliette Greco)
Yves Brainville ...
Sacha Pitoëff ...
Doctor (as Sacha Pitoeff)
Charles Millot ...


In 1942 Warsaw, a Polish prostitute is murdered in a sadistic way. Major Grau, an agent 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. The three avoid direct contact with Major Grau and become potential suspects. As Major Grau gets close to them, he is promoted and sent to Paris. In 1944 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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Release Date:

24 February 1967 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Noite dos Generais  »

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Did You Know?


According to one of Sam Spiegel's biographers, the fee paid to Donald Pleasence was more than double the combined fees paid to Peter O'Toole and Omar Sharif, although they had higher billing. This was due to their having to fulfill an old contract agreement dating from before their world fame. See more »


Major Grau's car headlights are uncovered during night in Warshaw, but are uncovered the day later. That's a continuity mistake and that's a historical mistake because car lights must be covered due to air strike risk and curfew policies, specially when they are military cars. See more »


General Tanz: [outside Maxim's] An adequate restaurant, very clean.
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Referenced in I Dream of Jeannie: Jeannie, the Hip Hippie (1967) See more »


Music by Juventino Rosas
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Well made movie that combines murder mystery and war.
15 May 2004 | by (Fresno, California) – See all my reviews

An overlooked little gem that gets better with each viewing. Murder mystery set in the German Army during World War II, involving 3 generals who are suspects. Entire cast in good form; fine ensemble acting. Peter O'Toole in top form as a fanatical SS general suspected in the murders. Donald Pleasence and Charles Gray portray the other 2 generals with secrets to hide. Omar Sharif does an excellent job as the Army colonel investigating. Film set in both 1942 occupied Poland, and 1944 occupied Paris. Also neatly ties in the July, 1944 plot to assassinate Hitler, with a cameo appearance by Christopher Plummer as Field Marshal Rommel. Recreates the actual bombing of Hitler's headquarters, and the efforts by the Paris generals to unseat the SS and Gestapo. Highly recommended viewing.

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