Son of Hitler (1978)

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The leader of a right-wing German political party discovers that an illiterate woodcarver is actually the son of Adolf Hitler. He kidnaps the young man from a mental institution and ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Willi Hitler
Heinrich Haussner
Felicity Dean ...
Leo Gordon ...
Anton Diffring ...
Heinz Bennent ...
Dieter Schidor ...
Burkhard Driest ...
Muller (as Burkhardt Driest)
Lynn Cartwright ...
Peter Kern ...
Asylum Attendent
Til Kiwe ...
Dr. Puttkamer
Peter Capell ...
Fritz Buchmann
Herbert Fux ...
Older Tramp
Rolf Zacher ...
Younger Tramp
Larry Dolgin ...


The leader of a right-wing German political party discovers that an illiterate woodcarver is actually the son of Adolf Hitler. He kidnaps the young man from a mental institution and prepares him to start the Fourth Reich. Written by

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A West German-British co-production, filmed September 1977-January 1978, never picked up for distribution outside Germany due to its subject (copyright 1978). See more »


Policeman: Date and place of birth?
Willi Hitler: Er, Berlin February 22, 1944
Policeman: Christian name?
Willi Hitler: Wilhelm.
Policeman: Father's name?
Willi Hitler: Adolf.
Policeman: Family name?
Willi Hitler: Hitler.
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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Hitler's Harlot (2014) See more »


Son of Hitler
Music by Denis King
Lyrics by Benny Green
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One of a kind Nazi satire is unfunny and painful to watch. Still it has one of Peter Cushing's rare comedic turns which makes it worth enduring for bad movie lovers.
13 July 2006 | by (Glen Cove, New York) – See all my reviews

Its nice to see Peter Cushing do comedy but couldn't he have picked a better movie?

Cushing (who is quite good if badly directed) plays an ex-Nazi general looking for the son of Adolf Hitler, who was spirited away after the war. Cushing wants to use him as part of the NEIN party, a fascist organization attempting to get power. When Willi appears in the person of Bud Cort things don't go as anyone planned.

This movie, which appears never to really have played anywhere, is one of a kind. I don't know how else to describe it. Offensive? Unfunny? Inept? How many words do I have? I would wonder how this film ever got made, but I suspect from the things that do work, that the script probably read well and seemed like a good idea (at least worth a paycheck for Cort,Cushing and Anton Diffring). The trouble occurred when it was filmed and what seemed like comedy and satire turned dark and decidedly not humorous, at least as its presented here. Then again I'm probably reaching for straws since this movie seems determined not to be anything else other than unnerving, why else would be have constant shots of Hitler cut into the action. It also seems to want to make a point of some kind, but I haven't figure out what that is.

Should you see this? For bad movie lovers and those who must see movies unlike anything else its a must. This movie will scar you and have you screaming in pain like the best of them (figuratively speaking). There is nothing quite like this film, sort of like there is nothing like chewing on aluminum foil or putting lemon juice in a paper cut. Anyone not looking for bad or unique cinematic experiences should stay away.

3 out of 10 for bad movie lovers, otherwise this is impossible to rate.

An aside. Hitler probably really did have a son, the result of his time in France during the First World War. He grew up working for the railroad and having almost no contact with his father.

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