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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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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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The cuff insignia worn by Xavier March is for membership in the SS Police Division which was the fourth division in the Waffen-SS order of battle. The diamond shaped "K" patch (intended to denote membership in the Criminal Police) was an invention of the film and did not exist during the time of Nazi Germany. See more »

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Several propaganda wall posters downtown Berlin have inscriptions solely in English language (Elliot taking a picture with MacGuire in front of one, another one when MacGuire takes a cab to her secret appointment). It is highly questionable that a German government, self-confident with the victory over the allies, would approve such all-in-English posters in the German capital. See more »

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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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Haunts from the past
15 February 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Fatherland is the adaptation of the Robert Harris bestseller which takes place in an alternate history where the Nazis were triumphant in the second world war.

The story begins in Nazi Germany in the run up to Adolf Hitler's 75th birthday. The plot follows detective Xavier March (Rutger Hauer) investigating the suspicious death of a high-ranking Nazi. March meets with Charlie Maguire (Miranda Richardson) a visiting female US journalist who is mixed up with another murder and is determined to investigate the case and teams up with March. It looks like the victims were high ranking Nazi officials who decades ago were involved in planning the Holocaust.

Rutger Hauer and Miranda Richardson are good in the lead roles. There is a roll call of British character actors in this HBO film from Micheal Kitchen, Peter Vaughan, John Shrapnel and Jean Marsh making a chilling cameo. Some of the actors are wasted in their brief roles.

The film was shot in Prague and there were special effects use to make it look like a triumphant Berlin. The adaptation gets rid of some of the nuances and side plots of the Harris novel such as Nazi era European Community and becomes very much a staid thriller where someone wishes to keep the secrets of the past a secret.

In doing so what makes the book standout has gone and what we have is a standard, made for television thriller, well made well acted but nothing out of the ordinary.


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