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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 ...
Lisowski
Sacha Pitoëff ...
Doctor (as Sacha Pitoeff)
Charles Millot ...
Wionczek
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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 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 unique manhunt across the capitals of Europe... across three decades up to today!


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A Noite dos Generais  »

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Donald Pleasence, Nigel Stock and Gordon Jackson all star as German soldiers in this film, which was shot just a few years after The Great Escape (1963) in which the same three played British prisoners plotting to escape from a German POW camp. See more »

Goofs

The Lichnowski's Palace, a palace in Warsaw where the Nazi's were to have headquarters, according to one characters memoirs, is in fact the Braniccy's Palace, and never served as a headquarter during Nazi occupation. Moreover, the Lichnowski's Palace is located not in Warsaw, but in Silezia area, before war part of the Nazi Germany. See more »

Quotes

Major Grau: I have a zealous nature, Sir, I can't help it.
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Referenced in Manhã Cinzenta (1969) See more »

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ENTRANCE MARCH
(from Tannhaeuser) (uncredited)
Music by Richard Wagner
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Nice mix of genres
19 April 2004 | by (Oslo, Norway) – See all my reviews

"What is admirable on the large scale is monstrous on the small."

It's Agatha Christie meets "The Battle of the Bulge" meets... oh you get the picture. Great cast lead by the always fabulous Peter O'Toole who delivers a memorable performance as General Tanz. Also nice to see French veteran actor Philippe Noiret in an ensemble that includes Omar Sharif, Tom Courtenay, Donald Pleasence and Christopher Plummer.

It is tense all the way mostly thanks to the great use of – first Warsaw (and the atrocities performed there) as a backdrop for the story and then we move to Paris where the plot to kill Hitler is nicely interwoven.

"The Night of the Generals" is at parts predictable, yes, (with the great exception of Omar Sharif's final scene) but I guess that's also what makes it kinda' enjoyable at times - at least in the very last scene - when you know what's coming (and boy does it feel good).

Some may find it a bit tedious and yes it is long, but when it was over I knew I would definitely see it again sometime in the future so in short: it works! If you think this movie is your cup of tea, based on the IMDb-information, you're probably right.

8/10


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