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 (email@example.com)
In addition to the historical research, Anthony Hopkins styled Hitler after his paternal grandmother. His grandfather was a tyrant, of whom Hopkins was scared as a child. See more »
In the film, the stairway between the upper bunker (vorbunker) and the lower bunker (fuhrerbunker) is shown as spiral. All witnesses to the final days in the bunkers say that it was a normal staircase with right angles. See more »
I consider this one of Anthony Hopkins best 'early' performances. Hopkins immersed himself into the role of Hitler. In a review it was said after a typical Hitler tirade, Hopkins was so 'into' the role, he would have the room cleared so he could be alone and compose himself! Awesome, believable, performances by all other's involved also. Especial kudos to Richard Jordan as Albert Speer, Hitler's 'adopted' protege'. This film adaptation may be as close as we will come to what really happened in Hitler's bunker at the end of World War II.
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