A graduate history student is unwittingly caught in the middle of an international conspiracy involving stolen diamonds, an exiled Nazi war criminal, and a rogue government agent.

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Richard Bright ...
Karl
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Erhard
Allen Joseph ...
Babe's Father
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Lou Gilbert ...
Rosenbaum
Jacques Marin ...
LeClerc
James Wing Woo ...
Chen
Nicole Deslauriers ...
Nicole
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In New York, the brother of an infamous Nazi war criminal is killed in a head-on collision with an oil truck. Shortly thereafter, members of a covert U.S. government group called the Division begin being murdered one by one. Meanwhile, graduate student and marathon runner Thomas "Babe" Levy researches history as his father, who committed suicide after the Communist witch hunts of the McCarthy era ruined his reputation. When he sees his brother, one Division member, stabbed to death, it is revealed that Christian Szell, the White Angel of Auschwitz, is wrapping up loose ends to smuggle priceless diamonds from the United States. Written by Anthony Hughes <husnock31@hotmail.com>

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One man's dangerous attempts to clear his father's name. See more »

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8 October 1976 (USA)  »

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$6,500,000 (estimated)
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The torture scene was shortened after preview audiences were taken sick. See more »

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The way Doc leaves the killer is not how the killer is positioned as Doc dials the phone. See more »

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Janeway: My name's Peter Janeway. But you can call me Janey, all of my friends do.
Babe: I'm not your friend.
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Der Neugierige
(1823)
Music by Franz Schubert
Performed by Fritz Wunderlich tenor
Used by arrangement with Polydor Inc.
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Not Very Good at All
13 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I've seen this at least four times over a ten year span, and I have yet to see anything good in it other than the famous dental torture scene. There's some violence in it that was probably shocking at the time (I found out about it from a book called Ultra Violent Movies) and it surely gets some Ooohs and Ahhhs from the Holocaust crowd, but as a thriller I rate it very low. It's ugly, unconvincing, and I found the characters flat and undeveloped (except for Hoffman, who I find dull and sometimes annoying in this picture). Olivier elevates the movie a bit with a chilling performance, but the rest have little to work with. It's a B-movie with A actors.


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