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The Man Who Captured Eichmann (1996)

The story of the 1960 hostile extraction of the Nazi war criminal, Adolf Eichmann, by the Mossad to Israeli justice.



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In 1960, the Israeli Secret Service learns that former SS-Lietuenant Colonel Adolf Eichmann, who was one of the key figures in the Jewish holocaust of World War II, is living under the assumed name Ricardo Clement in Argentina. The film thus explores the Isreali effort to capture Eichmann, as seen from the perspective of the leading agent of the project, as well as giving focus to Eichmann's own explanations as to the crimes he commited. Written by Anthony Hughes <husnock31@hotmail.com>

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His Crimes Shamed a Nation. His Capture Stunned the World.


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Release Date:

10 November 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Az ember, aki elfogta Eichmannt  »

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Over fifteen years passed from the time of discovery (1957) that Eichmann was living in Argentina until the man responsible received the award (1972) that had been promised. However, Lothar Hermann, a blind, half Jewish refugee, did not receive official recognition by the State of Israel, albeit posthumous, until 2012. See more »


In real life, the aircraft used to take Eichmann to Israel was a Bristol Britannia. However, these turboprop machines had very short working lives due to the popularity of jets and thus none were available for the film. As a result a Boeing 707 jetliner was used instead in the film. Worse, it appears to be a JT3D-engined Intercontinental (a -320B or -320C) even though the -320B did not first fly until 1962 and the -320C was not introduced until 1964. See more »


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Weird in the bad sense
19 November 2015 | by (France) – See all my reviews

Weird movie. I read somewhere that Robert Duvall wanted to do this story. So he wanted to play Adolph Eichmann. Why? I have no idea.

The movie is quite dull. And the acting is dull too. Probably strong emotions were going around. But not in this calm, slow, uninteresting script. And the actors do some weird accents. Was it supposed to be funny? It is not a funny story.

Maybe a fascist would like it. After all, the poor Eichmann was tricked into signing the paper. And don't forget he was kidnapped. But everything gets toned down. The Hannah Arendt account presents Eichmann as a simple bureaucrat. And probably that is what this movie is trying to show in the cheap disguise of a B movie.

Finally I see this movie as an attempt to whitewash a murderer. The script conveniently is not interested in the life and deeds of Eichmann. There is not a hint of how German and US intelligence services knew his whereabouts and said nothing. There is nothing about the nazi community of Argentina apart from the sort of Eichmann's lawyer. And less than 10 years later Bettina Stangneth would publish a book that would show Eichmann in a very different light than a pawn in Hannah Arendt's play on sociology.

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