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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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SS-Cadet Hermann Jost's father, who is briefly mentioned in the film as "one of the founding members of the S.S." is intended to be the real life Heinz Jost: SS-Major General, and Commander of a Russian based Special Action Execution Squad (Einsatzgruppen), during the Second World War. See more »

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The bus which takes the reporters from the airport into Berlin is far too new. The movie is set in the 1960s, this type of bus first appeared in the late 1970s. See more »

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Xavier March: Let me tell you a story about a clockmaker. He was over a hundred years old. Wrinkled face, his hair was white as snow. He'd worked all his life, hunched over clocks like this. So, he was a hunchback. People thought he was ugly, people of the village, and they used to call him names. So, he lived on top of the mountain with all his clocks. And he worked day and night. While he was working all the time, he didnt notice that the hunch on his back started to grow. Bigger and bigger. And one day, ...
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Fatherland is a flawed but enjoyable film.
17 July 2014 | by (Scotland) – See all my reviews

I made the unfortunate mistake of watching this film before reading the book. At the time of writing, the only reliable way to see Fatherland is to watch it on Youtube. I would love to see a proper DVD/Blu-ray release.

Without any knowledge of the book, the film is excellent. A tense thriller set in a unique setting with presentation that makes anyone who enjoys historical stuff (like myself) engrossed. The alternative history, the Albert Speer architecture, the carefully thought out references to actual historical events such as the bombing of Dresden and the nuclear attacks on Japan. Both of which are considered war crimes by many, allowing for a small hint of socio-political commentary.

The flaws lie in the plot, which has significantly deviated from the book, in that the ending seems over-dramatic. I will not spoil it but those of you who have read the book will possibly agree that the ending to the novel is more intense, subtle and powerful. Rutger Hauer's performance is excellent, well acted and his style is perfectly fitting of a character like Xavier March. Miranda Richardson plays the role of Charlie Maguire solidly, at times a little wooden and restrained.

All in all, the film is a decent homage to Robert Harris' most famous, and arguably his best, novel. For a low budget, mid 90s TV movie, I am impressed. I would love to see a new adaptation of the book, perhaps with a longer runtime (less condensation) and with a larger budget?


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