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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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Cast

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

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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A unique manhunt across the capitals of Europe... across three decades up to today! See more »


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24 February 1967 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Noite dos Generais  »

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2.35 : 1
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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 »

Goofs

The half tracks used are WWII American Internationals with sheet metal modifications to give them a more 'German' look. This is an acceptable expediency given that not many German half tracks survived the war and the collectors scene had yet to get underway. See more »

Quotes

General Tanz: It's like the natural functions. Revolting, but inevitable.
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Connections

Referenced in Hogan's Heroes: An Evening of Generals (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

ENTRANCE MARCH
(from Tannhaeuser) (uncredited)
Music by Richard Wagner
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Not bad at all...
22 July 2005 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

I agree with the above general sentiment that the story strays a bit too much at times, especially with the rather useless bombing of Hitler as a detour. I do however understand why it's there - it's because by attaching the "good" German generals to the plot of killing Hitler, they let the audience not feel bad for rooting for them. Simple trick, but all in all detrimental to the momentum of the story.

The film is brimming with exceptional acting - O'Toole turns in a particularly vicious and strong performance as General Tanz, but everyone holds their own. It's rare to find a villain so distasteful and yet so intriguing - most filmmakers just content themselves with giving the villain an evil shtick without much character development - not so here.

I saw a newly mastered DVD in full 2.35:1 widescreen presentation and the the cinematography by the late Henri Decae is wonderful in all its glory.

Very interesting movie, please see it.


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