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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlie Maguire
Anna Von Hagen
General Globus
Pavel Andel ...
Man in Dark Coat
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Guide Helga (as Petronella O. Barker)
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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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26 November 1994 (USA)  »

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A Harmadik Birodalom  »

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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 »


Throughout the movie many Wartburg cars can be seen. The car manufacturer Wartburg was founded by the government of the DDR (GDR), the state of East-Germany which was established after Germany lost WWII. Therefore it is very unlikely these cars could exists in the reality of the movie. See more »


Charlie Maguire: They killed all the Jews.
Xavier March: No, we didn't. We resettled them. We gave them their own piece of land.
Charlie Maguire: [shows some pictures] Xavi, look at these.
Xavier March: These are forgeries.
Charlie Maguire: Forgeries?
Xavier March: They must be?
Charlie Maguire: So, Luther, Stuckart and Buhler... they were killed for forgeries?
Xavier March: Do you *want* this to be true? Do you think it's a good *story*?
Charlie Maguire: It is true.
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Referenced in Drop the Dead Donkey: The Strike (1994) See more »

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A disturbing "what if" sci-fi movie
5 February 1999 | by (Rolla, MO) – See all my reviews

Berlin, 1964, Nazi Germany.

"Fatherland" is one of Ruger Hauer's better recent movies. It takes a look at what would have happened if Nazi Germany had survived, even if the US had never gone to war with Germany.

The movie shows the grandiose architectural empire that Hitler had planned to make out of Berlin, as it would look on his 75th birthday. The special effects are notable more for their subtlety than dramatics, many of the fictional monuments look perfectly natural. The appearance of Nazi era clothes and uniforms against a sixties era eastern europe looks both plausible and surreal.

The movie itself focuses on a patriotic cop (Hauer) and an american journalist who look into a series of murders that involved the "greatest secret" of the Reich.

"Fatherland" is a better than average drama and at the same a very disturbing look at how history could have turned out differently.

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