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Fatherland (1994)

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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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 »

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The film begins with the Allies defeated at Normandy in 1944, so this is where reality parts company with Historical fact. Although later on there are several references to Heydrich still being alive, whereas in reality he was assassinated in 1942 by Czech Patriots, it is stated in the original novel by Robert Harris that Heydrich survived the attack. This aspect is particularly important because the novel deals with the Gestapo killing the attendant to the Wannassee conference and therefore the architects of the Final Solution, so Heydrich is one of the targets. See more »

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Narrator: [closing narration, about Xavier March and Charlie Maguire] I used to wonder why she never got out while she had the chance. But she and my father were the first to see those images of horror. The first to know, and that somehow linked them forever with each other and the victims. So she sat until the Gestapo came for her. Everything had changed. Without the American alliance, Hitler's Reich collapsed. Of course, there are some who say it never happened. Those who look and do not see. The years ...
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Badly thought out art direction.
17 January 2016 | by See all my reviews

Rutger Hauers Police station is built of glass and concrete, an architectural style Hitler hated. "Das Beatles' poster on the wall obviously to try to allude to a certain decade, the 1960's but again, this sort of music would have been deemed degenerate...and the four Liverpool mop tops would have probably been enlisted by then. Overall, what could have been a decent film that matched the books content etc ended up looking like it had been made by three different directors. Finally, the Grand idea of a new Berlin and Germania just does not come across in the lazy production values. So, what could have come across as a really interesting and scary alternative future for Europe and the USA falls flat on its face I fear.


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