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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
Lucy Gutteridge ...
Mitzi Templer (nightclub singer)
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Becker (SS assistant to Dietrich)
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Stratford Johns ...
Uncle Walter (bartender)
Robert Urquhart ...
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
Colin Jeavons ...
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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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Trivia

Late in the film, Reinhard Heydrich leaves Berlin to take up a new posting as Nazi Governor of Bohemia and Moravia (Czechoslovakia). A scene follows where Helmut Hoffmann is told "You'd better hope Himmler has a job for you, or you'll find yourself fighting Russians." This is in reference to the practice of the SS where General-SS members, without active assignments, would transfer to the Waffen (Armed) SS as a reservists. Interestingly, in the subsequent scene set a year later after Heydrich's assassination, Helmut is shown wearing a Waffen-SS tunic complete with combat and service awards from the Eastern Front, thus implying that he *did* find himself fighting Russians. See more »

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In the film, Reinhard Heydrich is shown assassinated on a deserted country road in the farmland outside the city of Prague. In reality, Heydrich was attacked in the middle of the city when his car slowed to round a corner at a busy streetcar station. See more »

Quotes

Reinhard Heydrich: Tell me, Hoffmann, have you been doing anything reprehensible lately?
Helmutt Hoffmann: Not that I'm aware of.
Reinhard Heydrich: Well, if you had, you certainly would be aware of it, wouldn't you?
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Wenn die Soldaten,
sung on train to the Night of the Long Knives
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18 August 2005 | by (All Your Base Are Belong To Us) – See all my reviews

Somewhat like a watered-down version of Tae Guk Gi. Good for a TV movie, but you can tell it was a TV movie. Bill Nighy puts in a good performance here and seems almost a perfect example of the stereotypical Nazi officer. Jose Ferrer has a minimal but important role as one of the reflections of morality and decisions made around or in spite of it. Dignified as usual. John Sheas Karl seems almost Jewish in this and I don't know if that done purposefully to reflect against Helmut's uber-aryanism. Shea just reminds me of a young Ben Cross in this. The story line and pace can be a little choppy or uneven, and it could have used a bit more character development, but it wasn't hard to sit through. Except the Tony Randall scenes. Putzi made me a little queasy, and his humor was..umm.. well let's just say his timing was different. Decent Product overall.


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