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In 1942, in Warsaw, a Polish prostitute is murdered in a sadistic way. Major Grau, a man from German Intelligence that 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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Eleanore von Seidlitz-Gabler
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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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In 1942, in Warsaw, a Polish prostitute is murdered in a sadistic way. Major Grau, a man from German Intelligence that 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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24 February 1967 (USA)  »

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A Noite dos Generais  »

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Trivia

The film was one of the last to run into heavy censorship trouble before the abolition of the Production Code Administration and its replacement with the voluntary ratings system (G through X) by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) in 1968. According to former PCA Director Geoffrey Shurlock, this film was troublesome due to its depictions of sexual behavior, which the producers tried to get away with by using silhouettes and shadows. See more »

Goofs

When Tanz says "naturally, I'm General" while holding the gun on Corporal Hartmann, his mouth movements are significantly out of sync. See more »

Quotes

Inspector Morand: Welcome, Colonel Grau, to the spider's web.
Major Grau: How did you know it was me?
Inspector Morand: What other German Colonel would enter unannounced?
Major Grau: Any SS Colonel would.
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Referenced in Mad Men: Commissions and Fees (2012) See more »

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ENTRANCE MARCH
(from Tannhaeuser) (uncredited)
Music by Richard Wagner
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Nazis and serial killers, oh my!
12 June 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Well, if nothing else, we can agree that they don't make 'em like this any more. A cast of super-prestigious actors, including a reunion of Peter O'Toole and Omar Sharif from Lawrence of Arabia, is employed in a huge, unwieldy Euro-pudding of a production about Nazis, murderers and a Nazi murderer.

This isn't an easy movie to summarize, since there are at least three major plot-lines going on at the same time. In one, someone is killing prostitutes in occupied Warsaw and Paris, and Omar thinks the murderer is one of three leading Wehrmacht generals. In the second plot, various high-ranking officers are conspiring to overthrow Hitler and bring the war to an end. And in a third plot, Tom Courtenay's corporal is getting very close to the daughter of Charles Gray's untrustworthy General Gabler.

All three plots intersect, sort of, but I can't help wishing that someone had made up their mind just what sort of movie they wanted to make and stuck with it, rather than trying to make three at once. Courtenay's romantic sub-plot is entirely redundant, and should have been cut out completely, thus shortening the movie to a manageable two hours or so. And was there really any need for Christopher Plummer to saunter on in a minuscule cameo as Rommel? His appearance adds nothing to the story, and the only reason for him being here at all was presumably in order to employ every great British actor alive at the time. I'm only surprised that Laurence Olivier didn't turn up as Goebbels, or Himmler or someone.

And yet, despite the bloat, despite the stunt casting, despite the fact that Philippe Noiret is more wooden than the Black Forest, it works. I watched it for two and a half hours without getting bored, and I loved a lot of things about it - the characters interact beautifully, the tension in the conspiracy sequences builds up to near-unbearable levels, and the look of the thing is sumptuous in the extreme. You really feel you're there with these people, and you can't help but care about them and how the story comes out. In the end, that's what movies are supposed to do, isn't it? Night of the Generals is a long way from perfect, but it just about forced me to like it.


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