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The Bunker (1981)

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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Joseph Goebbels
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James O'Donnell
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Martin Bormann
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Johannes Hentschel
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Rochus Misch
Andrew Ray ...
Otto Günsche
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Magda Goebbels
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Eva Braun
Robert Austin ...
Wagner
Geoffrey Bateman ...
Riebold
Graham Bishop ...
Helmut Goebbels
Kevin Bishop ...
Themmer
Nathalie Boulmer ...
Elga Goebbels
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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 (kchishol@rogers.com)

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27 January 1981 (USA)  »

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Der Führerbunker  »

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(DVD edition) (2 parts)

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Adolf Hitler: I have no faith, Speer. I have no faith.
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Referenced in The Daily Show: Anthony Hopkins (2006) See more »

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Excellent Docu-drama
23 June 1999 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

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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