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Hitler's S.S.: Portrait in Evil (1985)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama, War  |  17 February 1985 (USA)
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The story of Helmut and Karl Hoffmann. Both come of age at the start of Hitler's power in Germany. Helmut joins the SS and eventually becomes a successful flag rank officer. Karl joins the ... See full summary »

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Karl Hoffmann
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Helmut Hoffmann
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Mitzi Templer (nightclub singer)
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Becker (SS assistant to Dietrich)
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Uncle Walter (bartender)
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Albrecht Hoffman
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Prof. Ludwig Rosenberg
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Gerda Hoffman
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John Normington ...
Derek Newark ...
Theodor Eicke
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Gen. Josef Biegler, SA
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The story of Helmut and Karl Hoffmann. Both come of age at the start of Hitler's power in Germany. Helmut joins the SS and eventually becomes a successful flag rank officer. Karl joins the SA and experiences the darker side of Nazism after the SA is disbanded and Karl is thrown into prison and later conscripted into the German army. Brother is pitted against brother until their relationship, and the Third Reich, stands in ruins Written by Anthony Hughes <husnock31@hotmail.com>

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Brother is pitted against brother under the shadow of the Third Reich.

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Hitler SS: El retrato del mal  »

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In the fall of 1932, when the film depicts the first meeting between Helmut Hoffmann and Reinhard Heydrich, Heydrich was an SS-Standartenführer (Colonel) and had served in the SS for just over a year. Considered rather unimportant by SS leaders, Heydrich would not become well known in the SS until after moving to Berlin and taking over the Gestapo in April of 1934. See more »

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When Helmut arrives home on leave towards the middle of the series, his younger brother Hans points to Helmut's Security Service (SD) sleeve patch and exclaims "You've been promoted!" The SD sleeve patch actually had nothing to do with rank, and simply indicated an SS member was assigned to the SD. See more »

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Karl Hoffmann: Just think if we were asked to observe a minute of silence for all the people we've slaughtered and all the people our friends in the SS have slaughtered. Why, we'd be spending the rest of our lives in total silence!
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Wenn die Soldaten,
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A different perspective.
13 December 2003 | by (Hayward, CA) – See all my reviews

What I particularly liked about this movie was the fact that it showed a view of the Nazi regime from a different perspective, that of two young German brothers.

In the beginning when the Nazi party is first coming to power we see the life of two young German men. Like everyone else in Germany at that time they too are caught up in Hitler's fanaticism. One brother joins the S.A. and is chided by the other for going along with that "rubbish". But he ends up getting caught up in the S.S. when he is confronted by Heydrich at his university who then persuades him to join not for his beliefs in politics but for his intelligence. Neither knew what they were getting themselves into.

What's most interesting about this story is the emotional aspects. Seeing how the brothers reacted to things that were starting to happen in the Third Reich. It was all minuscule all first. Seeing S.A. officers push an old man down some stairs. The noble but innocent younger brother tries throughout the war to change the evil that was happening all around him but finds that he is blatantly overwhelmed by opposition from his fellow Germans. While the older brother accepts what he cannot change and tries to help his younger brother into being smarter about his actions. Both are forced along a path that is becoming increasingly harder to follow. It definitely shows how some Germans were forced to go along with what was happening or be killed themselves.

The acting in this movie was really well done. My only gripe was that the actors had British accents all throughout the movie which made you wake up from the story and detract from the realism. Some parts I busted up laughing seeing these guys in Nazi uniforms talking in thick British accents. But the acting by the two brothers was very good and believable. It was very emotional to see what they were going through and felt as they watched people die and the world change around them.


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