The Bunker (1981)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama, History, War  |  27 January 1981 (USA)
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Dramatization depicting the events surrounding Adolf Hitler's last weeks in and around his underground bunker in Berlin before and during the battle for the city.



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In 1945, The Third Reich is in its death throes with the Allies relentlessly attacking the capital city of Berlin. Its Fuehrer, Adolf Hitler, retreats into his fortified bunker in Berlin with his senior staff. There, gripped with both delusions of grandeur and despair, Hitler commands a hopeless last stand with resources existing largely in his own mind. While resisting the pleas of rational minions like Albert Speer, basic reality finally comes unavoidable. With that, Hitler and his fanatical fellows prepare for their own end even as their grandiose dreams are becoming a smoking ruin above. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (

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Release Date:

27 January 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Führerbunker  »

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(DVD edition) (2 parts)

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1.33 : 1
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Michael Sheard (Heinrich Himmler) and Tony Steedman (General Alfred Jodl) reprise their roles from ITV Sunday Night Theatre: The Death of Adolf Hitler (1973), which likewise depicted the final days of Adolf Hitler's life. See more »


At the very end of the movie, the SS man/switchboard operator, Misch is seen talking to mechanic Hentschel while preparing to flee "The Bunker". The rifle Misch has shouldered is a Russian Mosin Nagant; he would have been carrying the German Mauser of which plenty would have been available with all the wounded in the proximity. I doubt if anyone would have taken a Nagant down into Hitler's Bunker. See more »


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A truly good performance here for Anthony Hopkins. I would say as good as the Bruno Ganz's one, back in 2004 for THE FALL. I won't add anything more to the other comments. A real great TV movie.

But just little thing, about characterizations of Adolf Hitler all over the years.

I you closely Watch footage film showing the dictator, the real one, you'll notice that his hair - at least in the last years of his life - did not fall on his forehead, the left side. It was ONLY in the early years, during his rise to power. And curiously, in all films - I must admit although that I don't exactly remember the Bruno Ganz portray - Hitler is shown with his hair falling on the left side of his forehead. I have always wondered why... And I guess I found out. It's only a way to hide the lack of resemblance between the actor playing Hitler and the Führer himself. Because in all memories Hitler had his hair falling on the left side of his forehead. But that just remains a little detail, that DOESN'T NOT point out any flaws in the performances and the quality of this little TV gem.

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