Hitler: The Last Ten Days (1973)

PG  |   |  Biography, Drama, History  |  9 May 1973 (USA)
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A dramatization based on eye witness accounts of Hitler's final days in an underground bunker, his military henchmen, and his stormy relationship with Eva Braun.



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A dramatization based on eye witness accounts of Hitler's final days in an underground bunker, his military henchmen, and his stormy relationship with Eva Braun.

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9 May 1973 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Adorufu Hitorâ/Saigo no 10-kakan  »

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Did You Know?


According to fellow actor, Peter Ustinov, Alec Guinness was so determined to play Adolf Hitler that when he heard rumour that Dustin Hoffman was first for the role, he went out and bought a Hitler costume. With a photographer they went to an isolated street in London to take publicity photos of him in costume. Occasional passers-by paid no attention to this, except for one policeman who wandered up to tell the actor that he was parked in a no parking area. The policeman let him off without a ticket as the policeman told him he had "no desire to spend the rest of [his] life in a concentration camp." See more »


The map of Europe shown along with the opening credits show the post-war frontiers with the Oder-Neisse-Line as Germany's Eastern frontier. See more »


Josef Goebbels: The heart of Germany has ceased to beat. The fuhrer is dead.
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Well made and historically accurate.
2 May 2003 | by (Los Lunas, New Mexico) – See all my reviews

"Hitler: the Last Ten Days" is beyond doubt the best movie ever made about Adolf Hitler's final days. The sets, uniforms and script are exceedingly accurate. I could find only two flaws regarding uniforms. Even the actors bore a remarkable resemblance to the characters they portrayed. I was somewhat disappointed with the casting of Doris Kunstmann as Eva Braun. Doris is far too beautiful. Britt Ekland would have been a much better choice. The exterior scenes, being shot in black and white accentuated the graphic realism outside the bunker as opposed to the color shots of the madness within. Most of the script is based on the writings of Rittmeister Gerhard Boldt (portrayed by Simon Ward as Hauptmann Hoffman). Boldt left the bunker just shortly before Hitler's suicide. The research done for the construction of the sets must have been awesome. Even an old cement mixer viewed in wartime photos is present. The bare concrete walls and luxurious furnishings cast a stark reality of the bunker interior. Regarding performances, Alec Guinness is of course commanding as Hitler. He clearly shows he is concerned about nothing except his place in history and how many followers he can convince to follow his lead of suicide as opposed to surrender. All the other roles, except Eva Braun's are minor as they should be. Goebbels comes across as the eternal lackey, who would rather his children die, than live in a world without Hitler. Bormann's sole concern is consolidating power in the Reich that is soon to be no more. The Generals follow orders as they have for years, and quarrel amongst themselves about who should break the latest bad news to the Fuehrer. All in all the film is quite entertaining and will definitely hold the attention of any history buff.

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