Based on the historical work "The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich", "The Nightmare Years" tells the story of William Shirer, American journalist who, during his days of correspondence as a... See full summary »
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Bill Bailey ...
 Knick Knickerbocker (4 episodes, 1989)
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 Helga Bauer (4 episodes, 1989)
Péter Benkö ...
 Putzi's Agent (4 episodes, 1989)
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 Nick Roosevelt (4 episodes, 1989)
Ottilia Borbáth ...
 Nurse (4 episodes, 1989)
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 Dr. Fleischmann (4 episodes, 1989)
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 Bob Best (4 episodes, 1989)
Georges Claisse ...
 Dr. Obermann (4 episodes, 1989)
Antal Cserna ...
 Baggage Inspector (4 episodes, 1989)
Angéla Császár ...
 Sarah Schneider (4 episodes, 1989)
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 Karin (4 episodes, 1989)
Gillian Eaton ...
 Agnes Kickerbocker (4 episodes, 1989)
Keith Edwards ...
 Ralph Barnes (4 episodes, 1989)
Anna Fehér ...
 Nazi Woman (4 episodes, 1989)
Michael Fitzpatrick ...
 Jeff Higgins (4 episodes, 1989)
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 Ruth Klauber (4 episodes, 1989)
Zoltán Gera ...
 Walter Schwertfader (4 episodes, 1989)
György Gonda ...
 Shirer's Agent (4 episodes, 1989)
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 Gen. Von Fritsch (4 episodes, 1989)
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 Edward R. Murrow (4 episodes, 1989)
Günther Maria Halmer ...
 Kellenbach (4 episodes, 1989)
Alexander Harborne ...
 Ernest Schneider (4 episodes, 1989)
Anne Harrington ...
 Anne (4 episodes, 1989)
Jerry Harte ...
 Seymour Berkson (4 episodes, 1989)
Basil Henson ...
 Lord Stanwood (4 episodes, 1989)
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 Sculptor (4 episodes, 1989)
Courtney Ingersoll ...
 Petra Schneider (4 episodes, 1989)
Donna Ingersoll ...
 Harriet (4 episodes, 1989)
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 Wilfred Bade (4 episodes, 1989)
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 Norman Ebbutt (4 episodes, 1989)
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 Tess Shirer (4 episodes, 1989)
Cecelia Kindelan ...
 Eileen Shirer (4 episodes, 1989)
Xaver Kreichbaum ...
 Paul Schneider (4 episodes, 1989)
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 Emil Luger (4 episodes, 1989)
Antal Leisen ...
 Vendor (4 episodes, 1989)
Andras Marlon ...
 Emil Maas (4 episodes, 1989)
Lajos Mezey ...
 Sweeper (4 episodes, 1989)
Christopher Muncke ...
 Peter Butler (4 episodes, 1989)
Gábor Nagy ...
 Lt. Wolfe (4 episodes, 1989)
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 Putzi Hanfstaengl (4 episodes, 1989)
Gábor Reviczky ...
 Col. Keller (4 episodes, 1989)
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 Ambassador Dodd (4 episodes, 1989)
David Sibley ...
 Jan Muller (4 episodes, 1989)
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 Dr. Josef Goebbels (4 episodes, 1989)
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 Reverend Lenz (4 episodes, 1989)
Kati Sír ...
 Ellen Wilkinson (4 episodes, 1989)
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 Major Radford (4 episodes, 1989)
Tamás Tóth ...
 Censor (4 episodes, 1989)
Vara Venezei ...
 Mrs. Lenz (4 episodes, 1989)
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 Bill Shirer (4 episodes, 1989)
Steven White ...
 Pete (4 episodes, 1989)
Peter Whitman ...
 Victor Schneider (4 episodes, 1989)
Michael Wolf ...
 Herman Goering (4 episodes, 1989)
Madeleine Wynne ...
 Martha Dodd (4 episodes, 1989)
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Based on the historical work "The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich", "The Nightmare Years" tells the story of William Shirer, American journalist who, during his days of correspondence as a foreign press in report in 1930s Germany, had to deal with the growing oppression of the Nazi regime, the increasing censorship of the press, and finally the prospect of World War. In the last days of peace, Shirer also struggles to have his German wife and child escape to the United States Written by Anthony Hughes <husnock31@hotmail.com>

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17 September 1989 (USA)  »

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Años de pesadilla  »

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$9,000,000 (estimated)
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Well worth watching
10 December 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A must for students and others interested in the 2nd World War, especially the behind-the-scenes machinations of the Nazi's. Sam Waterston was tremendous in the leading role and well supported by Marthe Keller as his wife, while Ronald Pickup deserves a mention as 'putzi' Hanfstaengl, an old acquaintance of Hitlers in the early days. Although it was somewhat embellished here and there, it is a faithful enough depiction that keeps all viewers engrossed at the absurdities of Herr Goebbels' propaganda machine.

While the length of the movie at almost 6 hours may seem over-long for some, it is just about enough given the content, which spans Shirer's first visit to Berlin (1934) since he left 10 years earlier; and there is more than enough action and suspense to keep the movie from flagging; gradually pulling one into the 'nightmare' that was the 3rd Reich.


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