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Fatherland (1994)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama | Fantasy | Romance  -  26 November 1994 (USA)
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Fictional account of what might have happened if Hitler had won the war. It is now the 1960's and Germany's war crimes have so far been kept a secret. Hitler wants to talk peace with the US... See full summary »

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Fictional account of what might have happened if Hitler had won the war. It is now the 1960's and Germany's war crimes have so far been kept a secret. Hitler wants to talk peace with the US president. An American journalist and a German homicide cop stumble into a plot to destroy all evidence of the genocide. Written by Rob Hartill

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It's 1964. What if Hitler had won the war?


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Locations in the Czech Republic were chosen specifically for dreary and depressing-looking Cold War era buildings. See more »

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Several times through out the movie it is mentioned that six million Jews died. Since Germany won WWII in the film, the Nazis would have been able to complete the extermination of Europe's Jews the number of victims would have been approximately 12 million. See more »

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Charlie Maguire: They killed all the Jews.
Xavier March: No, we didn't. We resettled them.
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Referenced in Showbiz Today: Episode dated 25 November 1994 (1994) See more »

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"Based on"??
2 April 2003 | by (Edmonton, AB, Canada) – See all my reviews

I know, I know - it's pointless to complain about how true a film is to the plot of the novel it's based on, but in this case, "based on" is a phrase used more loosely than usual. The finely crafted Robert Harris novel gradually reveals in a literary striptease the elements of this alternate universe; the film gives up most of the interesting twists in a voice-over narrative/montage in the first three minutes! Took all the fun out of it.

The original plot is barely recognizable in the film and the reworked ending completely implausible compared to the novel's. (Perhaps the rewrite was a budgetary concern - the novel's climax involves a long cross-country car chase.) Most of the original characters appear, but some are severely truncated and two-dimensional, and one new one is added, seemingly only to speed up the plot! Lastly, the love interest between Hauer's and Richardson's characters has been omitted entirely, which was a vital driving force in the novel's plot.

The upside of the film, if it has one, has already been mentioned in the other review posted here: the juxtaposition of 1960's Europe (the film was shot in Prague, which afforded plenty of great locations) with a Nazi regime (a large poster and statue of an aging Hitler). Truly disorienting and disturbing.

I've not read Harris' comments on the film anywhere, but I'm not sure he's entirely happy with the treatment his great novel got. I know I wasn't. A semi-fun rental if you haven't anything else to watch, but take my advice and read the novel instead.


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