Fatherland (1994)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama, Fantasy, Romance  |  26 November 1994 (USA)
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Fictional historical account of what might have happened if Adolf Hitler had won the Second World War. Germany has corralled all European countries into a single state called Germania, and ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlie Maguire
Anna Von Hagen
General Globus
Pavel Andel ...
Man in Dark Coat
Petronella Barker ...
Guide Helga (as Petronella O. Barker)
Sarah Berger ...
Leni Kalder
Jan Bidlas ...
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Fake Porter


Fictional historical account of what might have happened if Adolf Hitler had won the Second World War. Germany has corralled all European countries into a single state called Germania, and continues fighting against the Soviet Union. It is now 1964 and Germany's war crimes against the Jews have so far been kept a secret. Germany believes that an alliance with the United States would finally beat the Soviet war machine. As his 75th birthday approaches, Hitler wants to talk peace with President Joseph Kennedy. An SS homicide detective and an American journalist stumble into a plot to destroy all evidence of the genocide; evidence that could destroy the peace process with America and evidence that Nazi and SS leaders will stop at nothing to keep hidden. Written by Rob Hartill

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


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Release Date:

26 November 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Harmadik Birodalom  »

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At the very beginning of the movie, when March is getting dressed, we can see some references to a Nazi indoctrinated society: the groups of boys from the television are singing the Horst-Wessel Lied (Horst-Wessel Song), which was the official SS anthem, sung to "the comrades shot at the Red Front". Also, on the shelf behind March, there is a scale model of the Bismarck battleship. See more »


During a conversation in the car between Xavier and the US journalist they argue who has been more brutal during war times. Xavier mentions the Dresden bombings which in our time line happened in February 1945. In the movie Germany wins the war against allied troops right after D-day (Jun-6, 1944), so the Dresden firestorm wouldn't have happened. See more »


Xavier March: How do I tell my son that I've served murderers all my life? That this was not a glorious war for national survival, just extermination?
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References War and Remembrance (1988) See more »

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Excellent movie
11 March 2005 | by (New Jersey (originally Pittsburgh)) – See all my reviews

An excellent speculative drama backed up with actual WWII footage to add realism. I believe that if history had turned out differently, it may very well have happened just as this movie portrayed it. The premise of the Normandy invasion being repelled causing America to pull out of Europe and revert to isolationism, as well as America turning its wrath to and defeating Japan to avenge Pearl Harbor are completely believable and not the least bit hokey. It has an interesting and engaging murder plot, as well as a good amount of suspense as the various players try to reveal the truth about Nazi war crimes and evade capture by the Gestapo. Nazi callousness, like March's colleague about the "pure-blooded Aryan and a Pollock caught in the act", the Gestapo chief's nonchalance toward the need of evidence, and the retired actress' anti-Semitic take on America's "Jewish Problem", are well played out without overused, propaganda-style vitriol. Hauer's performance as March is impeccable. Miranda Richardson is very good as well. Actually, good performances were rendered by all cast members. This movie is very entertaining and sparks the imagination with one of the ultimate "what ifs?". I highly recommend it.

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