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The Night of the Generals (1967)

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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Corporal Hartmann
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Ulrike
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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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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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24 February 1967 (USA)  »

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A Noite dos Generais  »

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Trivia

Christopher Plummer makes a cameo appearance as Erwin Rommel but did not feature on advertising publicity of the time. See more »

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Major Grau is handed a German soldier's identity disc from the crime scene in Paris shortly before Operation Valkyrie commences. He reveals the name of the suspect by apparently reading the name on the disc. German identity discs, however, never contained the soldier's name on them - only their roll number, unit designation and occasionally their blood group. See more »

Quotes

General Tanz: [to Hartmann] I don't want to have to blow your handsome head to pieces.
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Referenced in Mad Men: Commissions and Fees (2012) See more »

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ALTE KAMERADEN (OLD COMRADES)
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Music by Carl Teike
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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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