The Night of the Generals (1967)

PG  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery  |  24 February 1967 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Corporal Hartmann
Inspector Morand
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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A manhunt explodes with shock and excitement! See more »


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Release Date:

24 February 1967 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Noite dos Generais  »

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(Westrex Recording System)| (Westrex Sound Recording)



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2.35 : 1
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This movie represents the first on-screen re-teaming of stars Peter O'Toole and Omar Sharif since their classic film Lawrence of Arabia (1962), a gap of five years. They would later star together on-screen again in The Rainbow Thief (1990) as well as both appearing in Gulliver's Travels (1996) and One Night with the King (2006) See more »


At about 15 minutes into the movie, when General Tanz arrives at the Old Town quarter of Warsaw, there is a poster for the French film "Tintin et le mystere de la toison d'or", designed by Roslaw Szaybo in 1964. See more »


Major Grau: I have a zealous nature, Sir, I can't help it.
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Referenced in I Dream of Jeannie: Jeannie, the Hip Hippie (1967) See more »


(from Tannhaeuser) (uncredited)
Music by Richard Wagner
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Dramas in the drama
14 October 2004 | by (Switzerland) – See all my reviews

"Night of the generals" is big Anglo-French production of 1966, which talks about dramatic facts in a dramatic period (World War II). Two prostitutes are assassinated (in Poland and in France respectively) by a mysterious killer. A colonel of the German army (Omar Sharif) investigates and suspects three generals -two of them (Charles Gray and Donald Pleasence) are involved in a plot to kill Hitler, the other one (Peter O'Toole) is the most crazy and dangerous-. Twenty years later the same French inspector (Philippe Noiret) who helped Sharif in the inquiry faces another case of a murdered prostitute, the crime is executed in the same way as the previous ones...

This film is excellent. With a supercast (O'Toole, Sharif, Pleasence, Gray, Courtenay, Noiret) director Anatole Litvak directs a classic, a masterpiece. This film, maybe, is not as famous and as remembered as it should be... It deserves to be rediscovered, thanks to the recent DVD release.

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