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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 pompous buildings in post-war Berlin are based on actual plans by Albert Speer, Hitler's favorite architect and secretary of armaments. Among several other landmarks we see a huge dome (the Palace of the People's Forums) a Triumph Arch, an Olympic Stadium and the Reich's Chancellorship. Only the Stadium and the Chancellorship were actually built, but the later was wrecked by bombings and finally looted and demolished by the Red Army. The rest of them were never built, and constructions like the Arch and the Dome were so massive that architects were unsure of their viability, until recent computer-based simulation have stated that Speer's calculations were correct, and had Hitler won the war, Berlin would have pretty much looked as the movie shows. See more »

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In the movie's alternate reality, the Nazi Empire is called Germania and the city of Berlin remains as such. Actually, according to Hitler's plans, Germania would be Berlin's new name, and occupied territories would not form an empire, but to become Germany's "Lebensraum" (Vital Space). See more »

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Charlie Maguire: We'll send a car for you in a couple of hours.
Anna Von Hagen: [gives files] America! Franz says you still have them in America. You didn't do anything about them? All that may change of course, now you have a president who thinks like the Fuhrer does. It was a real problem for me, making a career in Hollywood.
Charlie Maguire: Why?
Anna Von Hagen: Jews. They controlled all the studios, you know - they even tried to keep me out of Broadway. The public wanted me, you see... and then "they" started the war. Ah, Berlin was beautiful before the ...
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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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